Go Abroad in Greece! Past Review

By (Case Western Reserve University) - abroad from 09/19/2016 to 12/16/2016 with

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT): Thessaloniki - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of confidence and perspective from this semester. I was forced to problem-solve and live on my own (relatively speaking) for three months, meaning that I had to learn to budget, travel, etc. for myself. Additionally, I interacted with a lot of international students, allowing me to have a much broader perspective than I would have otherwise had.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses themselves were not difficult at ACT as compared to classes back home, but it was a worthwhile experience to have students from all over the Balkan peninsula in my classes. I feel as if I learned more culturally from them than I could have ever learned in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

While we were living in Greece, I wouldn't say that the school itself was super integrated, as it is an American, English-speaking school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved my semester in Thessaloniki! I had a great experience making friends from all over the Mediterranean area, as well as American friends who were in the program. I think Thessaloniki is the perfect place to study abroad, and the American College allowed me to do that without a language barrier.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Greece allowed me to live on a relatively low budget, provided I planned for myself and watched how much I was spending.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $80? Depends on how much I traveled.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Create a budget and stick to it. I only did that halfway through my program and it definitely helped me monitor how much I was spending and plan for extra trips/outside expenses.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friendships
  • City
  • Experiences with International Students
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Transportation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't know exactly how small the school was - I go to a "small" university, and my school is many times the size of this one. I wasn't prepared for that, but I did get to know my classmates better, and I am thankful for that.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.