DEREE-The American College of Greece
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Athens is the city with the most celebrated history in the world, a city worshipped by the ancient gods, a thrilling city. The captivating capital of Greece, now home to more than 4.5 million people, is where democracy was born and wise men roamed the streets in antiquity. The most important civilization of the ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through landmarks, such as the Acropolis - nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
The sun shines over Athens all year round! With mild winters and very hot summers, the climate is one of the best in Europe. Athens is one of the easiest to walk, exciting, art, music, and entertainment centers in the world. It is a city of many facets, ideal for young people who would like to experience the broad range of activities that it has to offer. Restaurants, archaeological sites, nightlife, beaches and daytrips to nearby islands and beaches and towns on the mainland - all have their place here. After all, the capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife! The tavernas, cafes, clubs and bars stay open late and as many visitors who came for the Athens 2004 Olympics discovered, Athenians know how to relax and have fun well into the dawn.
The American College of Greece is the oldest and largest private American-sponsored college in Europe. ACG has an expansive curriculum and all the resources you expect of a major institution of higher education. As a student studying abroad for a semester or a year, you can choose courses from ACG's undergraduate programs in 16 disciplines in business and the liberal arts. You will find the study abroad course selection at ACG among the most expansive in Europe. And your courses will be taught by ACG's prestigious faculty in a dynamic small class setting.
ACG study abroad students have the opportunity to participate in excursions throughout the storied land of Greece. Just a short ride from campus you can visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Poseidon's temple at Cape Sounion, as well as the bustling seaside port of Piraeus and the surrounding island beaches. You can explore one of the world's most beautiful and culturally thrilling countries - Greece!
Your experience begins with selecting courses that are of interest to you and fit within the academic requirements of your home institution. You can choose from a multitude of courses - all taught in English - in most major fields of the liberal arts and business. Study abroad students are welcome to register for most regularly scheduled courses offered at Deree College, ACG's undergraduate college. Deree College of The American College of Greece is fully accredited in the United States by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
For Fall and Spring semesters, three excursions to historical and recreational Greek sites are included – even one to a Greek island! For Summer sessions, one excursion is included.
As the official training site of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, this campus offers you an Olympic-quality fitness center, pool, track, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer field, and more. In addition, a well-equipped fitness center is located in the student housing complex.
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All courses are taught in English in most major fields of the liberal arts and business. Popular courses taken by study abroad students are in psychology, business, communications and modern languages (learn some Greek!), among many others. Here is a full list of available courses taught in English. You can search by Fall, Spring, or Summer courses by selecting the term from the drop down menu at the top of the page.
Course descriptions and syllabi can be found here.
Within the DEREE course catalog, courses are assigned a level. Here is a general idea of what the levels mean:
ACG has a very helpful course equivalency table that shows how classes at ACG transfer to NAU specifically. Of course, you are welcome to take courses outside the ones listed, but this is a useful starting off point.
- Level 4- Appropriate for Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
- Level 5- Appropriate for Juniors and Seniors
- Level 6- Appropriate for advanced Juniors and Seniors
Most classes at ACG are 3 credits each, which is the same at NAU. You may register for up to 15 credits in the Fall and Spring and up to 6 credits each Summer Session.
The credit equivalency is 1:1
1 ACG credit = 1 NAU credit
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. After choosing a program, you will take a list of courses you would like to take to your academic advisor for approval. For example, if you are an Engineering major, you would need to get any courses you take abroad and want to count toward your Engineering major approved by your academic advisor in the Engineering department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. We recommend getting approvals for at least twice as many courses as you actually plan on taking, as classes abroad can fill up or get cancelled.
Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Optional Internship Opportunity
ACG recently launched the Study Abroad On-Campus Internship Program and invites exchange study abroad students to apply for currently open internship positions. This newly-launched program offers students the unique opportunity to enrich their study abroad experience at ACG and promotes cross-cultural interaction in an international academic environment.
Internship positions are available in the following departments: Office of Athletics, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications Office of Student Affairs, and Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services.
Interns are assigned an onsite staff supervisor and together work on semester long projects (max 15 hours/week) in order to achieve stated goals. These are internship opportunities not for credit. Participants in the Study Abroad On-Campus Internship Program are offered a discount on their housing costs ranging from 10% to 20% depending on the assignment.
Applicants are required to submit a resume and the application form (contact your Education Abroad advisor for this application) by the application deadline. Applications are submitted to the Study Abroad Office and forwarded to the respective offices' hiring managers for evaluation. General and position-specific eligibility criteria and requirements may be found at the link listed above.
A mandatory orientation session takes place during the first week of the semester. Upon completion of their projects, interns are awarded an internship certificate.
Please find a detailed academic calendar for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 here.
Fall Semester: mid-September to late December
Spring Semester: early January to late April
Summer Session 1: mid-May to mid-June
Summer Session 2: late June to late July
Students wishing to do both Summer Sessions should only apply for 1st session and let their Education Abroad advisor know they wish to stay the entire summer. The advisor will then reach out to the university to notify them.
ACG offers free 24-hour airport pickup when students who arrive on the two move-in days each semester!
Study abroad students are provided housing in ACG-managed facilities. Located near Athens' excellent metro system, all the excitement and culture of Athens are at your doorstep! Please note that students cannot opt out of housing. Learn more about housing here.
ACG’s housing accommodations are modern, spacious, fully furnished and equipped apartments in the Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, a short walking distance from the college. The comprehensive fee includes a double bedroom occupancy with a private bath. You may choose to upgrade to a single room or studio at an extra charge and given availability.
Wireless and wired internet access is available in student residences and on campus, free of charge.
The cost for housing at ACG is reflected in the "Costs" section at the top of the page. Housing costs will be paid directly to the American College of Greece once you are accepted to the program.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
The requirement for this program is a 2.5 GPA
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
"The study abroad housing at DEREE is just a short walk from campus, a fresh farmer's market, and many shops and businesses. I love walking downtown to catch the metro to Athens, grab a cup of coffee, or shop. I love hanging out there…Everyone is friendly, and we enjoy cooking dinners for the group in our fully-equipped kitchen!"
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