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Thessaloniki, Greece

program description


The City

Thessaloniki is Greece’s “second city.” Located on the Thermaic Gulf in northern Greece, it is a busy port city that boasts an attractive waterfront promenade, beautiful parks, and many museums. Home of Alexander the Great and the heart of the ancient Hellenistic empire, the city is also the site of a rich Roman heritage and the finest collection of Byzantine churches in Greece.

Greece is a magical land, with a continuous culture and language ranging over thousands of years. It is a country with a sense of identity that links today’s Greeks to Aristotle and Sophocles and suffuses modern institutions— democracy, law, philosophy—with ancient passion. At a geographical crossroads, Greece combines elements of the Balkans, Middle East, and Mediterranean.

The University

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is located in suburban Thessaloniki, approximately 25 minutes from the city center, on a beautiful hillside campus, overlooking the Gulf of Thermaikos and the city. It evolved from a seminary established near Constantinople in 1840, which took the name Anatolia College in 1886, and was relocated to Thessaloniki in 1924. ACT offers students a rich academic curriculum with course offerings in both liberal arts and business. With a truly international student body representing over 22 countries (the remaining 70% are Greek), ACT provides a stimulating global learning environment for more than 700 students.

The Program

Courses are taught in English. Business, international relations, Hellenic and Balkan studies, psychology, and history are popular majors. Courses are also available in philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Students are encouraged to enroll in a Modern Greek language course. 

Orientation/Academic support

All students attend a three-day orientation upon arrival, complemented by a field trip. During the three-day program they will learn about the university, register for courses, and learn how to get around in Thessaloniki and Greece. Students are also assigned an academic advisor.


Study abroad students are housed together in off-campus co-educational dormitories in the city center. Studios, rooms and their common areas are fully furnished and are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Both single and double-occupancy options exist. Recipients of the Greek Heritage scholarships are housed on-campus.


Activities are organized through ACT. Students have the opportunity to discover the many historic ancient, Byzantine, and Ottoman sites and museums of Thessaloniki. The schedule of numerous social and cultural activities on campus is available at the beginning of every semester through the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. A mid-semester field trip brings students to Athens or close-by Meteora.