Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins
• Approval by UI and ACT advisor
• Check the 'Eligibility' section under the Application tab for more details.
• September 24 for Spring
• February 24 for Fall and Academic Year
• March 4 for Summer
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
White Tower in Thessaloniki
In this unique program, you will live surrounded by thousands of years of history - Alexander the Great, Aristotle, classical Athens - and at the same time experience modern Greece as a crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures.
For the student seeking a unique study abroad site in Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is ideal. Thessaloniki is the "road less taken," a culturally intact city, small, diverse, youthful, and the gateway to Southeastern Europe.
Students received University of Iowa resident credit for the courses taken on this program.
Alexander the Great Statue
Coursework is available in the following areas:
Students will take 12 s.h. to 15 s.h. during Fall or Spring I. Courses are taught in English. The list of current courses can be found here: ACT Course Offerings.
ACT's summer program is offered from mid June to mid July. UI students take 2 courses (3 s.h. each) for a total of 6 s.h.
The list of current courses can be found here: ACT Course Offerings. Note: The 3 s.h. only option is not available to UI students.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course. The course approval process will be discussed when you meet with your study abroad advisor.
ACT offers a variety of optional field trips; some are included in the program fee paid by students while others have an additional out-of-pocket cost. You can learn more about these field trips on ACT's Field Trips webpage.
ACT offers a variety of opportunities for students to participate in local service projects. You can learn more about these opportunities on ACT’s Service Learning webpage.
This program is available for Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer.
ACT offers two sessions for Spring: Spring I and Spring II. The Spring II session allows for students to take "extend" their Spring semester and complete an additional 6 s.h.; there would be an additional fee for adding this session on. Students can complete up to 21 s.h. if they enroll in Spring I and Spring II.
NOTE: UI Students are not allowed to enroll in Spring II session only.
You can find the specific dates for the upcoming sessions on the ACT Academic Calendar website.
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Greek Cultural Immersion
With a student body comprised of 50% Greeks and international students from approximately 30 countries, as well as a plethora of community outreach opportunities, visiting students find a valuable cultural immersion experience at ACT.
Vibrant Student Life
ACT is a warm, welcoming, and active community that offers students the chance to explore and develop through a wide range of workshops, clubs, field trips, and volunteer opportunities.
Cultural & Historical Exploration
Students visit the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Orthodox Monasteries dating from the 12th century, the beautiful beaches of Halkidiki, and, of course, the enchanting city of Thessaloniki!
Strong Student Support Services
The International Programs Office has staff dedicated to assist students with all needs. Pre-departure, staff in the ACT Boston office are there to answer questions and provide students with the support they need. Once students arrive in Greece, staff members orient them with the campus and life in Thessaloniki and provide information on co-curricular opportunities and ways to engage with Greece outside of the classroom. ACT even provides an on-site doctor in the event of health issues.
View of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and has been characterized as the “Greek Youth Capital” for its large number of young permanent residents. More than 100,000 students give the city a completely unique pulse and vibe.
Greece is a modern European country with a strong democratic government and a developing economy. Much of the population of Greece is concentrated in a few major urban areas, with Athens hosting about one third of the country's population.
The Greek mainland occupies the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, and it borders to the east with Turkey and to the north with Bulgaria, FYROM, and Albania. To the south and the west, Greece is touched by the Lybian sea and the Ionian sea, respectively.
The terrain of mainland Greece is mostly mountainous, while its seas are sprinkled with more than 2,000 islands. Historically, such terrain has induced the relative isolation and independence of Greece's various population groups. These groups exhibit unique variations in culture under a homogenous Greek identity rooted in history and Christian religion.
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The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
ACT will provide students with off-campus housing apartments in a residential neighborhood.
The apartments are fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas), and priority is given based on the date of application receipt. Both single and double-occupancy options are available. Off-campus housing locations are well served by the city’s reliable bus system, with buses running every 10 - 15 minutes.
For more information about housing options, please visit ACT's Housing webpage.
Bedroom in student apartment
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.
Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not US citizens should contact their consulate for more information if they need to get a new passport or renew their passport.
Students will work with their program provider to make travel arrangements to their program site. The cost of travel is not included in the course fee. UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from your program provider.
Within Thessaloniki and around Greece, students will utilize public transportation such as buses, metro, and trains. Greeks are also very used to walking, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!
Thessaloniki is also well connected to the rest of the Greece and Europe by bus, train, and a major airport.
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The following DRAFT cost sheet applies to the Summer 2020 session.DRAFT Cost Sheet- Summer 2020
The following cost sheet applies to the Spring 2020 session.Cost Sheet- Spring 2020
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:
These fees are all optional and are not included in the course fee for the program. The cost should be paid directly to ACT. Failure to pay these fees will result in ACT withholding your transcript.
Optional fees vary by session, and will be available shortly before the upcoming session.
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.
For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:UI Financial Aid Information
You can find more information about options for funding your study abroad experience including scholarships on Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad.
In addition, take a look at ACT’s Cost and Scholarships website for information about scholarships offered directly through your program provider.
Acceptance decisions are made by ACT. Once you receive your official acceptance from ACT, your study abroad advisor and ACT will contact you with further information about documentation needed to complete the admission process.
Applications for the Fall and Academic Year are due on February 24.
Applications for the Summer are due on March 4.
Applications for the Spring session are due on September 24.
In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:UI Financial Aid Information Study Abroad Resources Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
Program participants may be required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in Greece. ACT will provide you with visa instructions prior to departure.
US Citizens- If you are staying in Greece longer than 90 days, you must obtain a student visa prior to arrival in Greece. You cannot apply for the visa more than 90 days prior to arrival in Greece. Upon arrival in Greece, you will also be required to register with the local police station. The on-site staff will assist you with this process.
Refer to the Greek Consulate in Chicago webpage to see what is required for the visa.
Non-US Citizens- Greek immigration requirements vary for non-US passport holders. Refer to the Greek Consulate in Chicago webpage to see what is required for the visa.
UI Study Abroad will hold advising appointments to provide details on the visa application process. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance on the Greek visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.
Prior to starting the visa application process check in with ACT for more information. They will let you know about important dates and deadlines you need to keep in mind.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
ACT will provide you with a variety of pre-departure resources to prepare you for your study abroad experience. These will include a packing list, cultural information, housing instructions, etc. Ensure that you thoroughly review any information provided to you by ACT and refer back to it if you have any questions.
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure. Be sure to check your e-mail often, so that you're aware of any updates or changes.