Study Abroad at ACT Past Review

By (Boston College) - abroad from 09/17/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Coming abroad was definitely worthwhile. It exposed some of my inherent biases and arrogance when interacting with a different culture and showed me the ways that I can improve myself when I go home.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The professors were really great and eager to help, but the academic rigor was not as much as I was accustomed to at my home school.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was very helpful whenever you asked for assistance and the planned trips were really great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Alexandrias. The rooms were very small and located outside of the city center but also not close to campus, so you had to take a bus either way.

* Food:

We found some really great places to eat. The city has so much to offer in this department.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I think the fact that the school is English made it so I did not integrate as much into the culture because I did not have to learn the language, but I did feel as though I got to know a lot about Greek culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Thessaloniki is very safe, I never felt as though I was unsafe when walking around the city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Although I don't regret coming to ACT I think I would have preferred studying at a different university that was larger.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Greece is very inexpensive if you find the right places. We found a delicious Greek food restaurant right near our apartments and could get a big meal for around $5 per person.


* 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? Exchange

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Getting to explore Thessaloniki
  • Dedicated professors
* What could be improved?
  • Accomodations
  • WiFi on campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how small the school was and how dominated campus is by the NUin program during the Fall semester.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.