American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) Programs
What better place to study than somewhere with a rich culture and history as well as a breathtaking geography! These are exactly what you will get (and more!) when studying...
Study abroad in northern Greece, at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western civilizations, while earning up to 18 credits in an extended Spring semester at the American...
Enroll in a sailing course at ACT, and earn academic credit and a license or certificate. The Coastal Sailing Skipper (course and license) teaches you how to operate an open-sea...
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) Reviews
Studying Abroad @ ACT = Best Decision Ever Made
Submitted by Alaina Feister - Michigan State University | December 07, 2016
Studying abroad at the American college of Thessaloniki was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. This school has a very strong community feel where the professors and administration truly cares and gets to know each student on an individual level. They are all so down to earth and encourage travel and cultural immersion, along with academics. They understand you are here for much much more than just studying and that most of what you get from study abroad happens from learning outside the textbooks. This is a small school where everyone very friendly and supportive to everyone around you.
ACT offers many fieldtrips and activities to suite a wide range of interests. My favorite trip they offered was the two day hike summiting Mount Olympus, which they offer every semester, and was such an incredibly memorable experience. I made such close friends on this trip! Also, take advantage of the free field trip tours around the city offered through ACT on the weekends because the tour guide is great, the city is richly historical, and it's free!
My study abroad experience was much more than I hoped for. Thessaloniki is very safe and the perfect size for this experience. The boardwalk views, nightlight, food, shopping, and friendly local people all make Thessaloniki an very worthwhile place to study abroad.
One of the best 3 months of my life
Submitted by didas35 - University of Northern Iowa | December 01, 2016
I loved ACT and the experiences I have had here. Thessaloniki is a really cool, unique city. The professors here really care about you and your success. Classes are more based on discussion and class interaction, rather than just memorization. Plenty of clubs, sports, and activities to get involved in. The International Programs Office coordinates a lot of fun events to get to know Thessaloniki and the other study abroad students. I would recommend this to anyone.
I had a good experience at NUin
Submitted by Adam Johnson - Northeastern University | June 22, 2012
It was fun
once in a lifetime chance
Submitted by vtremoundos | June 21, 2012
All my life, I wanted to live in Greece, and I got that opportunity to travel abroad for 3 months to Thessaloniki. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I love the city, and the school is fantastic. The professors at ACT are more than willing to help you out whether it comes to extra tutoring, or help outside the classroom. With the economic struggles in Greece, any parent would be worried about sending their kids, but in Thessaloniki, you would have no idea there were problems going on in the country. All the locals are more than helpful and very welcoming to the students studying abroad. The food is fantastic, and some of the best in all of Greece. There is also always something to do, whether you're shopping around downtown in Aristotle square, climbing the white tower and learning about it's history, or even taking a bus trip to any of the beaches around. Thessaloniki is an beautiful and an incredible place to visit, and I highly recommend it.
Submitted by James2014 - University of Southern California | June 21, 2012
Overall my experience in Thessaloniki was awesome! My dad was really worried about me going because of Greece's economic struggles, but honestly, it's mostly centered in Athens, so going to Thessaloniki was totally fine (actually, great for Americans because the dollar-conversion works in our favor! haha). I always felt very safe. There were so many awesome trips to go on (climbing Mt Olympus, traveling to the beaches, learning how to scuba dive and sail a boat!) it was crazy. I really miss it and I'm already planning my trip back. :)
The classes weren't necessarily the most challenging, but it was kind of what you made of it. If you wanted to study harder, you could, but if you slacked off, you could probably B.S. your way to a decent grade. It was great that the credits transferred to my host university easily though- other study abroad programs I looked into before I picked this track had issues with credits transferring.
It was my first time going abroad and I had heard horror stories from friends going to other places that dorms abroad sucked. Compared to my freshmen year dorms in America, the dorms here were like suites! The showers were really small, but I had my own private room which was nice. The food wasn't the best on campus, but it didn't matter because there were so many other places to eat off campus easily enough.
I felt like the study abroad program had a lot of ways to really get to know both the traditional aspects of Greek culture and the more modern aspects of pop-culture. It was easy to get to awesome destinations like Mt. Olympus or go out clubbing. I always felt safe and it was easy enough to make friends on campus and go out together.
Everyone was really helpful, the introductory orientation was so thorough, it was a bit boring, but I felt like I knew all that I needed to know about what the school offered (trips, restaurants, clubs, activities, events, safety, etc etc) that I could personalize my study abroad and make the most of my time in Greece.