office of international programs
Often regarded as the cradle of western civilization, Greece is rich in history and a long-standing respect for the human mind.
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)
BC students wishing to study in Greece have the opportunity to study at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), located in Northern Greece, offering students true Greek culture and an authentic immersive experience.
American College of Greece, Athens
Approved External Programs
Boston College has over 60 BC programs around the world. To accommodate those students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC does not currently offer a program, or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.
Please note that if Boston College has a contractual agreement with an institution abroad, BC students may attend that institution only through a BC program and not through direct enrollment or through another college, university or independent organization.
In preparation for your study abroad in Greece, you will work with an OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Greece, your advisor is s Christina Hatzipetros.
To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment, please click here.
Greece has been using the Euro since the beginning of 2002. It is important to remember that Euros and US dollars are not equal and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Greece, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Hellenic Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, receptive student and better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
Although classes are offered in English at the host university, Greek is the official language of Greece and students should work on their own proficiency while abroad.
Greek customs may be very different than many that you encounter in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.
In order to study and stay in Greece, students need to apply for a student visa (prior to arriving in Greece) and apply for a Residence Permit (after arriving in Greece) if their stay will exceed 90 days. A FBI check is required to apply for a student visa; it can take up to 12 weeks or more, so please begin the process as soon as possible.