For the student seeking a unique study abroad site in Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is ideal. Thessaloniki is the ‘road less taken’, a culturally intact city, small, diverse, youthful, at the crossroads of east and west and the gateway to Southeastern Europe.
ACT plans to offer a wide array of courses from the Divisions of Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Technology & Science for the Summer 2020 semester.
About the city:
Thessaloniki (520 km. north of Athens) is the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitancharacter, which give it a special beauty and charm.
Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Areas of study:
- Religious Studies
- Art and Visual Technology
- Computer Science
To view available courses, visit: https://www.act.edu/studyabroad/course-offerings
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Mid June - End of July
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. ACT uses the "standard" U.S. grading scale.
ACT uses the U.S. credit system. For example, a 3 credit course at ACT would be equal to 3 U.S. credits.
ACT provides off campus accommodation in safe residential areas near downtown Thessaloniki and a short drive from the ACT campus. The housing locations are well served by the city’s public bus system, with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. Our housing is in close proximity to supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and post offices. In addition, ACT provides a basic bus service to and from campus once per day. An ACT Residence Assistant (RA) resides at each housing location and is there to help students settle in and get to know Thessaloniki by organizing outings and planning activities.
The studio apartments are furnished, however you provide your own kitchenware and linens. All residence halls offer free Wi-Fi access and access to a common washing machine. One residence hall has an elevator. Both single and double-occupancy studio apartments are available to study abroad students.
Program Cost (Summer 2020): TBD
- Application Fee
- Tuition for 3 credits
- Excursions/activities included in program
- Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Application Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20
. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
The final balance payment is due by May 5
. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 15, 2020
: $200 for Mason students.
An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form:
For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.