The student hub of Greece, where the heart of youth beats!
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece; a true crossroads between East and West, and a gateway to Southeastern Europe. Founded in 315 B.C., historic Thessaloniki is now a modern seaport city of over one million inhabitants renowned for its wide avenues, quaint squares, tree-lined streets, neoclassical buildings, Byzantine monuments, historical museums, modern theaters, ancient ruins and warm hospitality. Discover tasteful restaurants, hip cafes, bustling clubs, and elegant shops.
From the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters of the Chalkidiki peninsula, to the snow covered ski resorts and challenging mountain treks, it’s all within a short drive away. Thessaloniki is ideally located to offer the best of both worlds.
Most importantly, Thessaloniki is a lively university town with well over 100,000 university students. Literally, more than 1 out of every 10 residents is a student. With a large student population, this vibrant city invites and welcomes young people from all over the world.
I came here in the fall of 2004 as a study abroad student, but I've decided that I loved Greece too much and I couldn't leave, so I transferred and became a full time student here.
Nicholas Piston ‘06, USA
The question here is not what to do but what to do first.
Elsa Zhulali ‘06
Thessaloniki in the news
- Introducing Thessaloniki (Lonely Planet)
- Salonika: Seattle of the Balkans (New York Times)
- The Arts Bloom in Greece’s Second City (New York Times)
- Thessaloniki: One of the 20 must-see places in 2013 (National Geographic)
- The 13 Best Things In Thessaloniki, Greece Every Music Fan Should Do (Tone Deaf)
An easy jaunt away from Thessaloniki and ACT for a weekend or even for a quick swim on a day trip
Chalkidiki is an easy jaunt away from Thessaloniki and ACT for a weekend or even a quick swim on a day trip. With more than 550 km (about 350 miles) of coastline, Chalkidiki offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, including 46 that have been awarded the “Blue Flag”. But Chalkidiki is more than sun (a near tropical climate with minimal rain), sea (turquoise waters, the closest thing to the Caribbean away from the Caribbean) and beaches. Chalkidiki is home to numerous entertainment and cultural events, more than 20 archaeological sites, extraordinary monasteries dating back to the 10th century, and historical sites such as Stagira (where Aristotle was born in 384 BC) and the Kokkines Petres caves at Petralona where the 700,000-year-old “archanthropos” skull was discovered. Each of the three finger-like peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos have their own unique look, history and style. Along all, the sun-drenched golden sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and lush, pine-covered slopes will overwhelm you.
For more information about Greece, please visit the official Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) site at: