For the student seeking a unique study abroad site in Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki 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.

In inspiration, mission, governance and programs ACT resembles the traditional New England colleges upon which it has been modeled. Choose from a wide range of courses in taught in English, including the fields of Hellenic Studies, International Relations, Business, English Language and Literature, Communications & New Media Studies and Computing.

With a student body comprised of fifty percent Greek students and international students from approximately 45 countries around the world, visiting students find a valuable cultural immersion experience at ACT. Student life at ACT is as vibrant as the city around it. Join a wide range of clubs, societies and organizations, an active student government, cultural events, athletics, workshops, volunteer opportunities, field trips and special lectures throughout your time in Thessaloniki. 

See the ISEP Scholarships page for information regarding ACT scholarships open to ISEP students! 


Housing for ISEP students studying at ACT is in a double-occupancy studio apartment. 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. The 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. Students have the option to apply for a single studio and pay ACT directly for the difference between the double and single studio. 

Meal benefits are not included in this program. Students will be expected to use their own funds for meals and budget accordingly. Students can ask their ISEP Student Services Officer for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad.   

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Course Description

ACT offers a variety of courses in business, communications, computer science, English literature, Hellenic heritage, humanities, international relations, new media studies, psychology and social sciences. All courses are taught in English, with the exception of the beginner Greek language course. 

ACT's Course Offerings page provides a list of sample course offerings at ACT as well as the course lists for upcoming semesters. 

Below is a summary of ACT's academic departments open to ISEP and study abroad students. 

Hellenic Heritage:

The Hellenic Heritage program is designed for study abroad students who have a passion for the legacy of Hellenism in subject areas such as history, ethnography, linguistics, mythology and the arts and who would like to explore their interests in real-world circumstances. Two tracks of study are offered: one focusing on antiquity, the other dedicated to modern manifestations of Hellenism. These programs allow students to gain a solid foundation in Greek language, history, art and literature, and forms of spirituality. Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Hellenism in a location in northern Greece that is unique for its historical diversity, its cosmopolitan past and its authentically vibrant present-day culture.

Humanities, Social Sciences & Psychology:

The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences provides introductory and advanced instruction in all areas of the human sciences, with undergraduate programs of distinction in English and New Media, and International Relations. Teaching and research strengths within the division include: history, politics, and European integration; communication and media, modern literature, and language teaching methodology; psychology; anthropology; social and cultural studies. In addition, the Division offers a solid liberal arts course basis to all ACT’s academic and professional programs.

English, Communications & New Media Studies: 

Students gain vital knowledge in the subject areas of media, communication and culture and understand the impact of social and new media in education, communication and the working environment through theory and practice. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their conceptual, creative and analytical skills by engaging in projects on and off campus, including the RadioACTive team and the Photojournalism Group on campus, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Documentary Film Festival and local TV offices. 


ACT’s BS in Psychology is designed to be a novel and contemporary program up to date to the academic and professional trends. Based on prevalent US and UK standards, it will be characterized by a firm grounding in the disciplinary foundations to the Psychology degree, such as theory, main concepts, methods, debates and applications in Psychology. Courses familiarize the students with clinical, developmental, educational, counseling, experimental, social, forensic psychology and neuroscience. They will also comprise practical experience of designing and carrying out psychological research, as well as evaluating and reporting its results. Students will learn to work with data, synthesize hypotheses and use information technology. 

International Relations: 

The undergraduate courses in the broader area of International Relations have a firm grounding in the disciplinary foundations of the IR degree, with courses in IR theory, international law, European integration, foreign policy, and political economy. Students also receive a solid training in the social sciences, with an emphasis on culture, gender, ethnography, and economic relations. Located in a strategic and cosmopolitan crossroad in Greece and South-East Europe, ACT's International Relations program is particularly strong in American and EU politics, contemporary Balkan and Aegean affairs. Learning components involve engaging with the city and off campus communities, as well as many extracurricular activities. 


ACT's Business Administration program has four main concentrations: Entrepreneurial Management, Marketing, Finance and International Business. All of ACT's courses combine international experience with a local point of view. The Anatolia School of Business accepts students from various countries and blends theory with contemporary market developments. Business students at ACT can participate in two different undergraduate internship courses, business plan and portfolio management competitions, an entrepreneurship hub and company visits. 


ACT’s Computing curriculum is a rigorous and challenging program that provides students not only with a theoretical background, but also with the practical skills needed by organizations and companies in all fields. ACT offers two degrees in the area of Computing: A BSc in Computer Science addressing the theoretical aspects of Computer Science and a BSc in Business Computing focusing on applications of Computer Science. The college’s specialized, state-of-the-art IT facilities and computer labs, the Niarchos Technology Center, the CISCO Networking laboratory, the Microelectronics-Robotics laboratory and a new Fabrication Lab are fully available to students in the program. Students can also participate in the on-campus Makers Society, company visits and faculty-led research projects. 

Website for Course Availability

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American College of Thessaloniki

For the student seeking a unique study abroad site in Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki is ideal. Thessaloniki is the "road less taken," a culturally intact city, small, diverse,...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    European Studies

  • Biology Recommended!

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • English Language and Literature Recommended!

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Modern Greek Language and Literature

  • History: Recommended!

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Behavioral Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Political Science and Government

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR not required for the following countries: Australia Canada United Kingdom United States
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

All credits and grades are issued in U.S. credit equivalencies.

Enrollment in the following number of course credits per term is included in students' comprehensive ISEP Direct program fee:  

Fall: 15 credits 

Spring I: 15 credits 

Full Year (Fall + Spring I): 30 credits

Spring I & II: 21 credits

Spring II + Summer: 15 credits 

Enrollment in credits beyond the amount listed above are charged at the discount rate of $333 per credit (price subject to change), payable directly to ACT.

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