A Gap Year is a period when students, who have recently graduated from High School, take some time away from their routine to explore themselves and a new part of the world while earning college credit, meeting new people, gaining life experience and diversifying yourself from the crowd! It could be one summer, one semester or one year. It is a time when students open their minds to new experiences in a location that facilitates exploration and cultural engagement and offers the opportunity to become actively involved in the community.
This program is ideal for recent high school graduates who need a change of pace, a change of scenery, new motivations and horizons to reach into and explore. This program is for someone who wants to break out of their routine and live abroad; to taste, touch, smell and live the experience.
This program is as much for someone who knows exactly what they want to do in the future, but want to take some time to explore their other interests before buckling down; as it is for someone who is not sure what they want to do yet and needs some time and space to learn about themselves and try out different options. If this is you, then ACT is the right place to begin your adventure. Studying at ACT allows you to be in touch with the ancient roots of democracy, see the influence of modern day civilization, walk in the places where Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Paul once stood, live in the cross-roads of three continents, engage with classmates from around the world, challenge yourself by living in a new culture, get involved by joining clubs and activities that capture your interest, and by visiting many famous locations that you have only before read about in classes or seen in the movies. At ACT you also have the chance to volunteer through our Service Learning program and explore a career path to see if it is right for you. Students who take advantage of this option leave ACT having a stronger sense of who they are and what they want to do in the future.
All of ACT's courses are open to you. You can choose to study something that you are passionate about or something that just peaks your interest. Perhaps you would prefer to take advantage of the location and study about Greek Mythology, Religions of the World, The History of Thessaloniki, or Sea Sailing! Our academic divisions offer a wide range of Business, Computing, Communication and New Media, English, International Relations and Hellenic Heritage courses that are sure to offer you a unique look into old and new topics.
- Students should be at least 18 years old at the time of arrival.
- High schools graduates should have a minimum cumulative average of 75%.
Students may apply for a summer session, an academic semester (fall or spring) or a full year of study.
All US students are required to hold a visa and a residence permit to study in Greece. The student visa should be obtained before coming to Greece while the residence permit is obtained after arriving in Greece.
Candidates should submit an application at admissions.act.edu. The application material includes: