Study Abroad in Thessaloniki

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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Thessaloniki

As the cultural capital of Greece, a host to numerous festivals, and a major center of education, you’ll have a legendary time studying abroad in Thessaloniki! In Greece’s second-largest city, you’ll marvel archaeological sites and feast on bougatsa pastries before you even set foot in the classroom. Thessaloniki lies at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea, blends eastern and western european cultures, and you could visit its neighboring countries of Italy and Turkey if you so choose. Study abroad in Thessaloniki to experience an education that would even make Aristotle jealous!

Student Life in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki appeals to students of all types — from adventure seekers to cultural lovers. Whether you’re interested in sports, culture, cuisine, or all three, you’ll discover sights and activities that are sure to appease you. Explore the ruins of the Roman Forum, take a go at baseline canyoning, visit the award winning Museum of Byzantine Culture, or watch football at  Kaftanzoglio Stadium. Thessaloniki also boasts vibrant nightlife where you can party all night long — not to mention the city boasts the most bars and cafes per capita than any city in Europe! 

The cost of living in Thessaloniki is fairly affordable compared to most big cities with rent only being between $300-$500 a month on average and water being less than a $1. Most programs offer homestay arrangements, which are a great room and board money saver. Clothes and recreation/entertainment are a bit higher, but you could always budget that money appropriately. Program costs depend on number of courses taken, duration, and offerings, but scholarships and fundraising can help with that.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

While you’re studying in Thessaloniki, you’ll for sure have to check out a few landmarks and foodie spots in your free time. The most important landmarks you should check out: The White Tower for a view of the Thermaikos Gulf, the Ladadika district for the architecture and restaurants, and the seaside promenade for the coastal landscape. For views overlooking the entire city, visit the walls of The Castle of Thessaloniki in Ano Poli. Also, if you’re in Thessaloniki in October, be sure to celebrate Dimitria, a cultural festival, with new friends and the locals. 

Thessaloniki is fairly student-centered with many popular student hangouts. Visit Bit-Bazaar and nearby streets for for shops that offer cheap wine and delicious appetizers. For some of the best crepes in the city, visit Gounari street, which is near Navarinou square. The area around Kamara (the Arch of Galerius) also boasts some cheaper cafes and bars that are great for students who are looking to save some money. 

Whether you’re studying business, liberal arts, or STEM courses, you’ll learn a lot outside of the classroom in this major political, economic, and industrial center of Greece that bridges various cultures. Even though this city was hit hard during the economic crisis, it remains as lively as ever. With its warm and hospitable locals, top universities in the world, and breathtaking waterfront views and sunsets, you won’t regret choosing to study abroad in Thessaloniki. 

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