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  • Locations: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 12-16 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Language Courses Offered: Greek
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Accounting, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Multimedia, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Statistics, Government and International Policy, Business, Communication, Computational and Data Sciences, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, English, Anthropology, Finance, Foreign Languages, History, Information Systems and Operations Management, Information Technology, International/Comparative Studies, Journalism Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

American College of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

Greece
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is a division of Anatolia, a private not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1886. ACT is known for its traditional New England college model and has a student body made up of 50% Greek students and international students from over 45 different countries - this offers a very culturally immersive experience for all students coming to study at ACT. Additionally, ACT is one of the few institutions outside the U.S. with full, free-standing U.S. accreditation by NEASC and EU validation of its undergraduate programs. 

The city of Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece located on a modern seaport boasting more than one million inhabitants. Of that, there are well over 100,000 university students - making this city a very vibrant and welcoming area to study in! GEO also hosts a Global Gateway program in this location for Freshmen at GMU, sending nearly 20 students abroad each year during their Spring semester of their first year of study at Mason.

ACT also offers opportunities to such as excursions, volunteering, and interning!

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​

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Eligibility

In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

Areas of study:
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • English
  • Greek
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Government
  • Philosophy
  • Art and Visual Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Nutrition
To view available courses, visit: https://www.act.edu/studyabroad/course-offerings

Academic Calendar

Please view the ACT academic calendar here: https://www.act.edu/studyabroad/academic-calendar


Course Registration

TBD


Credit Conversion

ACT uses the U.S. credit system. For example, a 3 credit course at ACT would be equal to 3 U.S. credits.


Grade Conversion

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 Grade Mason Grade
A+ A+
A A
A- A-
B+ B+
B B
B- B-
C+ C+
C C
C- C-
D+ D+
D D
D- D-
F F
 

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.


Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.

Housing

ACT provides off campus accommodation in safe residential areas near downtown Thessaloniki and a short drive from the ACT campus. Double studio accommodations are included in the program fee, but a private room may be arranged for an additional fee.  

The housing locations are well served by the city’s public bus system, with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. 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. Housing preferences are indicated on the housing application and housing preferences are granted in the order that the housing deposits are received.

For more information on ACT housing, please visit: https://www.act.edu/studyabroad/housing

Program Cost (2021-2022 ):

$12,770 (one semester)


Included:
  • Application Fee
  • Tuition and registration fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
  • Housing (Double Studio accommodations*)
    • Single studio available upon request and contingent upon demand. Additional charges apply.
  • Airport welcome 
  • Morning and evening shuttle bus-service between the residence hall and campus
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • ACT Housing Deposit ($300, refundable upon completion of your program minus damages)
  • Meals
  • Personal spending

Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. 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.

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).


Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: 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.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.
 

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

  chris
Name Chris Hicks
Email intlex@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2154

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 10/20/2021
**
Rolling Admission 01/05/2022 04/01/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.