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American College of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece (Outgoing Program)
With a population of over 310,000, and more students than any other Greek city, Thessaloniki is the quintessential urban-style college town. Facing the Thermaic Gulf, the city sprawls upwards along broad, tree-lined streets and through parks and squares to the medieval citadel. While the “feel" of Thessaloniki is distinctly modern, pockets of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past abound—it has more surviving Byzantine churches than anywhere else in Greece. The city also has world-class archaeological museums, theaters, and family-run tavernas serving regional cuisine. The nearby Chalkidike peninsula has some of the loveliest beaches in the Mediterranean while the northern Aegean islands are a short ferry-hop away.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the American College Thessaloniki website. Courses range from comprehensive liberal arts, technology and business to Greek language, history, culture and art.
Teaching English as a Second Language Certification
ACT offers students the opportunity to complete Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program. You may choose to participate in this program for credit or as a certification. The certification will cost an additional 360 euros. In most countries, the TEFL certificate is a minimum requirement for teaching English abroad. For more information about this program click here.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to ACT and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take approximately 12- 15 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between the ACT and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at the ACT will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-September – Late January (Fall only students can depart in Mid-December)
Spring Semester: Early February – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the ACT web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in off-campus shared apartments in downtown Thessaloniki. The apartments are in a residential neighborhood near Aristotle University. It’s an easy bus ride from the apartments to the ACT campus. Each apartment is equipped with its own bathroom and kitchen facilities; meals are not provided. Laundry facilities are located in the basement of each apartment building.
Housing is included in your program fee, but you will need to pay a $300 housing deposit prior to the start of your semester. This fee is refundable at the end of the semester minus a 70 Euro cleaning charge and any damages incurred.
For more information about housing, please refer to the ACT Accommodations website.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the ACT Expenses Worksheet:
ACT Fall 2014 Expenses Worksheet
ACT AY 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Hellenic American Scholarship- Available to students of Greek origin (with good academic standing) studying at the American College of Thessaloniki. For more information please visit the ACT website.
ACT Financial Need Scholarships- For the Spring 2015 semester ACT is offering five $1000 scholarships to eligible Rutgers students. Applications will be released upon acceptance by the Center for Global Education.
Merit Scholarship- Available to students studying at the American College of Thessaloniki who have reached sophomore status with a minimum overall G.P.A of 3.6 are eligible for a merit aid award of $1000. For more information please visit the ACT website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.