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Young Business Creators

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Entrepreneurship requires a host of skills, including creativity, problem-solving, imagination and passion, so where better to start than in elementary school? For the second year in a row, Anatolia’s 5th and 6th graders completed the five-day “Young Business Creators” workshop organized at ACT. Developed by the University of Iowa’s Jacobsen Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, the program takes students through all the stages of turning an idea into a business, and includes hands-on exercises and visits to innovative companies. This year, the YBC workshop was rolled out to our High School students as well, as a Young Entrepreneurs Camp, with a specific focus on innovation, viability, and implementation - all necessary elements for beginning a business in the real world.

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Democracy and Urban Design - A Dukakis lecture at Reworks Agora

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On September 13, 2017, the Dukakis Center and the US Consulate General of Thessaloniki co-sponsored the keynote event in this year’s Reworks Agora event, a Dukakis Lecture by Elizabeth Barry on "Reports from the Frontiers of Democracy: Implications for Urban Design. "

In her capacity as co-founder of Public Lab (publiclab.org) and co-founder of TreeKIT (treekit.org), Liz Barry develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. Her background is in urban landscape design, and she teaches at Columbia University, Parsons the New School for Design, and Pratt Institute. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban horticulture enterprise, and has travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a "Talk To Me" sign - a project that received international press including the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, Oprah, and NPR's This American Life.

Ms. Barry's Thessaloniki lecture took place at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall and was part of the 17th annual Reworks contemporary music festival.

Reworks Agora is a cross-thematic forum of the Reworks festival, aiming for a forward-thinking approach to the future vision for creativity, presenting emerging topics, initiatives and artists that inspire the dialogue on the development of culture, entrepreneurship and technology. Agora sessions showcase the most innovative developments in music industry, digital culture, creative economy and art, contributing to their growth in Greece. Two other sessions featured a discussion on contemporary music by organizers of leading European music festivals, and a forum on the phenomenon of fake news by leading journalists and students of social media, among whom Pavlos Tsimas, Elena Papadimitriou, Eliza Vozenberg, and two young scholar-activists.

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Annual Greek Scholarship Competition - Results

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Please find below the results of our 8th Annual Greek Scholarship Competition which took place in Thessaloniki in December 2017. Note that the ID column lists the last 4 digits of a candidate's ID card (Greek taftotita) or passport, with which they applied.

ID 4 last # Exam Score
2378 56
7553 56
4756 74
9027 64
9162 82
0490 37
0837 63
1954 49
4103 49

The winners of the competition will be contacted via email and telephone on the numbers provided by them upon registration.

For further information, please contact the ACT Admissions Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Fall 2017 College Fairs & Visits

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Have you ever wished to visit Greece and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime? Join ACT in Thessaloniki, the student hub of Greece, and make it happen! Drop by our booth at your local college fair and learn more about what we have to offer. Our scheduled visits for Fall 2017 are as follows:

September

September 11th - University of Illinois Chicago 9 AM-3PM
September 12th - Salve Regina 3 PM-5:30 PM
September 13th - Bentley University 1 PM-3:20 PM
September 13th - Eastern Illinois 10 AM-3 PM
September 14th - Iowa State 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
September 19th - American University 11 AM-3 PM
September 19th - Rutgers University 3 PM- 6 PM
September 19th - University of North Florida 10 AM-2 PM
September 20th - University of Massachusetts- Boston 10 AM-2 PM
September 21st - Northeastern University 11 AM-2 PM
September 21st - Suffolk University 11 AM-2 PM
September 21st - Worcester State University - Time to be confirmed
September 25th - Brown University 11 AM-2 PM
September 25th - Depauw University 4 PM-6 PM
September 28th - Indiana State University 11 AM-4 PM
September 28th - College of Staten Island 12:30 pM-3:30 PM
September 28th - Michigan State University 12 PM- 6 PM
September 29th - Concordia Irvine - Time to be confirmed

October

October 4th - Texas Tech University 10 AM-3 PM
October 5th - Truman State 12 PM-4 PM
October 12th - Brookdale Community College - Time to be confirmed
October 26th - Illinois State University - Time to be confirmed

November

November 2nd - Hillsborough Community College - Time to be confirmed
November 16th - Upper Iowa University - Time to be confirmed

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Painting lessons at ACT

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During the last two years, the ACT students had the opportunity to discover their creativity in painting. The Painting Club began in 20015 with Nayia Kaplanidou, an accomplished icon painter and Anatolia College alumna (‘80). At the beginning of each course the ACT students were taught the traditional academic painting process and as the lessons were evolving they discovered their personal way of expression.

The outstanding ACT campus has often been a source of inspiration when the class was taking place in the nature. The students not only developed their artistic skills by using a variety of techniques and materials. Most of all they experienced the fact that Art enchances the quality and essence of our lives and offers a silent but powerful way of expressing ourselves and our beliefs.

In the end of each semester the students set up an exhibition with their paintings at the ACT locations.

During my Senior year at ACT I decided to attend the painting club. Although the last year in college is particularly demanding I feel glad that I joined the course because instead of taking my time or energy it offered me the opportunity to clear my mind and relax after a busy day. I always loved painting but the experience with Ms. Nayia is something more than just learning how to paint, it is a whole different atmosphere and ambiance that gives to one peace of mind and great inspiration to get creative!

- Marinela Tserepi, International Relations graduate

I joined the Painting Club from the very first semester at ACT and I can say that it has made my two years of studies here more enjoyable. The art room is my two hours escape into creativity, peace and deep talk with the art professor which adds so much love and dedication to the club transforming it into a real art therapy. Another aspect I like about the club is the fact that the art room is equipped with everything one needs and it's easily accessible at anytime. It makes you feel free to be more creative. It is definitely one of my favorite spots on campus and I would suggest it to everyone regardless of their level of skills in painting.

- Jenny Shehaj, IR (International Relations) 2nd year

The painting club is a great experience to enhance your time in Thessaloniki. You see a new beauty in the surroundings as you paint them and get to know new friends with similar interests. Nayia is such a wonderful friend and teacher and makes painting extra exciting!

- Lauren Behrmann, Texas Tech University, Plant and Soil Science · Lubbock, Texas

I loved being a part of the art club at ACT. I was only there for a semester but it meant something to me that I was able to still make art while taking classes as well. It allowed me to meet new friends outside of my abroad program as well as have a place to relax and express myself during the week. I very much enjoyed the freedom to learn new things from Nayia and the other students as it was an open place for new ideas. I still think about my time there as well as the connections made through this class and hope others take advantage of this opportunity.

- Brooke Lundgren, 2015, Northeastern University, Psychology · Boston

She did not want us to follow strict painting rules because she believed in everyone’s personal freedom of expression. With her warmness and tranquility, Mrs Nayia helped me unfold my inner feelings and thoughts into narratives made out of colors, drawings and narratives. The relaxing music that accompanied us while we were painting, the trips in the nature, all these elements rendered the painting club a meditative, pleasant and unforgettable experience.

- Kristina Babali, English New Media & Communication

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Annual Greek Scholarship Competition

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ACT is running its 8th Greek Scholarship Competition. Please note that the information that follows, as well as the actual administered aptitude test are in Greek.


Το ACT προσφέρει μία (1) υποτροφία 100% και τρεις (3) υποτροφίες 70% στα παρακάτω αντικείμενα σπουδών:

  • Διοίκηση Επιχειρήσεων (Business Administration)
  • Πληροφορική (Computer Science / Business Computing)
  • Αγγλική Φιλολογία (English: Language & Literature / Communication & New Media)
  • Διεθνείς Σχέσεις (International Relations)

Σημαντικός αριθμός μερικών υποτροφιών θα δοθεί επίσης σε υποψήφιους με υψηλή βαθμολογία.

Προσκαλούμε όλους όσοι ενδιαφέρονται να σπουδάσουν σ' ένα από τα παραπάνω πεδία να λάβουν μέρος και να διεκδικήσουν την ευκαιρία στην ανώτατη εκπαίδευση.

Οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν τη δυνατότητα να διεκδικήσουν μία από τις υποτροφίες που προσφέρονται σε μία από τις παρακάτω πόλεις ανά την Ελλάδα, όπου και θα διεξαχθεί ο διαγωνισμός. Όλοι οι υποψήφιοι θα λάβουν μέρος σε μία ηλεκτρονική εξέταση γνώσεων και ικανοτήτων, πολλαπλής επιλογής, η οποία θα διαρκέσει 2 ώρες.

Οι εξετάσεις θα διεξαχθούν στις 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2017 στη Bissell Library του ACT, στη Θεσσαλονίκη.

Όροι Συμμετοχής

  • Οι υποψήφιοι που επιθυμούν να συμμετάσχουν στις εξετάσεις για προπτυχιακές σπουδές θα πρέπει να είναι έως 24 ετών.
  • Οι υποψήφιοι θα πρέπει να κατέχουν απολυτήριο του ενιαίου Λυκείου (για τις υποτροφίες προπτυχιακών προγραμμάτων).
  • Οι υποψήφιοι θα πρέπει να είναι κάτοχοι πτυχίου Αγγλικών σε επίπεδο Β2 της τελευταίας τετραετίας.
  • Δεν έχουν δικαίωμα συμμετοχής στις υποτροφίες προπτυχιακών προγραμμάτων όσοι φοιτητές είναι ήδη εγγεγραμμένοι στο ACT.
  • Οι υποτροφίες αφορούν μόνο στη φοίτηση στο campus του ΑCT. Σε περίπτωση που κάποιος ή κάποια επιλέξει ένα intercollegiate program που συνδυάζει φοίτηση στο ACT με ολοκλήρωση των σπουδών σε κάποιο άλλο εκπαιδευτικό ίδρυμα του εξωτερικού (πχ Kogod School of Business, Washington, DC), το ACT καλύπτει μόνο το κομμάτι που αφορά στα δίδακτρα της Ελλάδας.
  • Οι υποτροφίες ισχύουν για εγγραφή μόνο για το ακαδημαϊκό έτος 2017-2018.
  • Ο σπουδαστής υποχρεούται να φοιτήσει τουλάχιστον για την δεύτερη περίοδο (10 Ιανουαρίου - 30 Μαρτίου). Στην περίπτωση που αποφασίσει να αποχωρήσει μέσα στην δεύτερη περίοδο υποχρεούται να καταβάλει το συνολικό ποσό των διδάκτρων της περιόδου.
  • Οι πλήρεις υποτροφίες ισχύουν μόνο για πλήρη παρακολούθηση μαθημάτων (full time).

Η εξέταση θα είναι στα ελληνικά και δεν χρειάζεται κάποιου είδους προετοιμασία.

Για να μπορείτε να συμμετάσχετε θα πρέπει να έχετε μαζί σας το Δελτίο της Αστυνομικής σας Ταυτότητας ή το Διαβατήριό σας.

Κατεβάστε δείγματα της "φιλοσοφίας" του τεστ.
(Προσοχή: Τα δείγματα αυτά δεν ανταποκρίνονται στο βαθμό δυσκολίας του διαγωνισμού αλλά αφορούν στην όλη "φιλοσοφία" του τεστ.)

ΔΗΛΩΣΤΕ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΗ

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ACT Commencement 2017

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It was an emotional, joyful and windy evening for ACT’s graduating undergraduate and graduate students celebrating the successful completion of their studies. During the 2017 Commencement ceremony which took place at ACT’s open amphitheater, certificates and diplomas were awarded to all graduates, as well as awards to students who excelled in academia, but also extracurricular activities offered by the non-profit educational organization. The valedictorian speeches were delivered by Konstantinos Theodoridis and Vasiliki Kalaitzidou. The commencement speech this year was given by Stathis N. Kalyvas, Professor of Political Science at Yale University. In his inspiring speech, Mr. Kalyvas advised the graduating students to

be risk-taking, not risk-averse; counter-cyclical, not conformist; do not be afraid of failure; to keep learning.  You are in the unique position of shaping not just your own future but the future of our society as well. So, go ahead and do it!

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Parallel Studies at ACT

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With the requirement demands in the employment market increasing each year, it has become imperative for any graduate to secure their place in their respective field; and with every field depending even more so on other disciplines and sciences, parallel studies provide a unique opportunity to steward oneself towards a more well-rounded professional résumé.

Parallel to Greek University Studies allow students at Greek public universities to follow another program at ACT. Given the flexibility of programs at American colleges, students are able to manage the demands of both programs and equip themselves with a broader skillset.

For example, a student of Medicine who aspires to manage their own medical facility would benefit from completing a Bachelor’s in Management.

What are the advantages of Parallel Studies at ACT?

Graduate with 3 degrees

ACT is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of the most prestigious accrediting bodies in the US, responsible for accrediting some of the most highly ranked US colleges and universities such as Harvard and Yale.

In addition, ACT’s undergraduate degree programs are validated by the Open University, UK.

Thus, completing your studies at ACT while pursuing your degree at the Greek public university, gives you a dual degree from ACT that is both US accredited and EU validated, together with your Greek degree.

Study in world-class facilities

A 45-acre campus encompassing the 4,500m2 Bissell Library, one of the most sophisticated private facilities of its kind in Southeast Europe, and the Stavros S. Niarchos Technology Center, which gives you access to the latest tools in information technology.

Be part of a diverse, multicultural environment

An ideal environment for you to grow, develop and enhance your interpersonal skills which are paramount to your success in the work field.

Learn in ACTion

Gain rich hands-on experience by following our active approach to academic learning that engages students & faculty and immerses them in community service, solving real-world problems.

Study in small classroom sizes

An average class consists of 16 students. This means that coursework can be tailored to class needs and each student’s contribution is acknowledged, particularly in discussion settings, with plenty of opportunities for personalized attention, something that is missing from most Greek public universities.

Find a job once you graduate

Jettison your professional career through our career services that offers assistance and guidance for your next step.

Gain easier access to post-graduate programs

Armed with 3 degrees, nothing can stand in your way of following your dream post-graduate program anywhere in the world.

Major or Minor?

You’ve followed your academic path and you’re going to be specializing in that particular discipline. ACT gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons with 4 majors and ?? minors that you can easily combine with your Greek degree.

Select one of our majors and graduate with 3 degrees or choose a minor and attach it to your degree, either to deepen or expand your knowledge. The choice is yours.

Majors in:

Business Administration

with concentrations in:

  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Computing

with concentrations in:

  • Computer Science
  • Business Computing

International Relations

English

with concentrations in:

  • Language & Literature
  • Communication & New Media

Minors in:

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Communication and New Media
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia and Web Development

Cost

The cost for a Major at ACT is…

The cost for a Minor at ACT is…

Scholarship Program

ACT strives to be an affordable first choice for young people in Greece, Southeast Europe, the US, and beyond seeking post-secondary opportunities. To this end, the College awards financial aid to a substantial number of students in each entering class. Financial aid grants will be determined according to student or family financial need, as appropriate and academic merit within college budget limitations. Financial aid is a percentage reduction in the ACT tuition fees.

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Education Unites

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American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is the tertiary division of Anatolia College, an academic institution with long and distinguished history that goes back to its establishment in 1886. ACT is accredited in the United States by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In addition to ACT having full NEASC accreditation, the undergraduate programs delivered at ACT are also validated by Open University, UK. ACT has also been granted a license by the Greek government to operate as a private post-secondary educational institution (“College”).

ACT’s comprehensive curriculum offers Bachelor degrees in Business with 4 concentrations, Computer Science, Business Computing, International Relations, and English with 2 concentrations, a Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with 4 concentrations.

The intercollegiate programs that ACT runs in collaboration with renowned US &  EU educational institutions also offer our students the opportunity to pursue degrees in various additional disciplines that include Sports Administration, Hospitality & Tourism, Political Science, Engineering, and more.

ACT also provides an extensive need and merit-based financial aid program.

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Courses offered

Information and Digital Literacy

The course serves as an introductory course to information and digital literacy.

Its focus is two pronged:

  1. To teach students to effectively and efficiently research, select, access, search and evaluate print and e-resources, and web information sources; to teach students about the ethical use of information for research; and create flexible, life-long research skills for effective information seeking and retrieval.
  2. To introduce students, both on a theoretical and experiential level, to general purpose computing, networks and the internet.

English Lab

The course aims to help students with academic writing, gradually guiding them to essay writing, which is the standard format of most college assignments.  It will first review the basic principles of paragraph writing and then introduce the various patterns of essay development-the different ways of writing essays through selected readings and writing. The course will also consolidate students’ knowledge of essential grammar and sentence structure in written and oral communication. 

Application process and criteria

Applicants should complete the online application available here.

The supporting application material includes:

  • an official high school transcript
  • an official document indicating completion of secondary education
  • English certificate at a minimum level of B2
  • a copy of the passport, residency
  • one small photo

All application documents should be officially translated in English and be forwarded to the ACT admissions office by mail.

Applicants who do not hold an English certificate at B2 level will be required to take a Proficiency language test for the English language course at ACT, on November 29, 2017.

Applicants are required to have basic IT skills for the Information Literacy course.

The application deadline is November 24, 2017.

Applicants are required to have basic IT skills for the Information Literacy course.

Point of contact

Mona Siksek
Coordinator:  Camp to Campus Program
ACT - American College of Thessaloniki
Telephone: 2310 398-346
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Introduction to Electronics & Robotics Programming (CS130)

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robot astaras act 2016Spend a few weeks this summer to learn to program, design and test electronics circuits, while building robots! No prior experience is required in either programming or electronics.

  • Design your own robot and compete in challenges
  • Build your knowledge and improve your skills in coding, electronics, mechanics and the English language
  • Learn to program in 2 computing languages (C, QB64)
  • Build & troubleshoot electronic circuits
  • Learn to program the popular Arduino μcontroller board
  • Design, troubleshoot, compete collectively as a team
  • Course credit transfer for other US colleges & Universities

This fast-paced course is taught in English over a period of one month (19 June - 17 July, 9:00-11:30 M-Th) and involves lectures, laboratory sessions and design challenges. It is instructed by a member of the ACT Computer Science faculty with a PhD in Electronics Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.

Who can sign up for this course?

While the course is primarily targeted at 1st year university students and can be taken for transferrable US College credit, top performing older (lyceum) high school students may also apply. In the latter case a strong background in the natural sciences and the English language is required, while a brief interview with the instructor will be arranged prior to enrollment. 

Upon completion of the course, students will study and practice:

  • the fundamental principles of programming using the C and QB64 programming languages
  • the basics of mixed signal electronics, performing experiments with the Arduino microcontroller board
  • the fundamentals of robotics: sensors, actuators and mobile robotics programming, using Mindstorms EV3 robotics experimentation kits
  • integration of all aforementioned skills and components into their robotic designs, including the skills to troubleshoot, evaluate and improve their mechatronics creations

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The course in detail: 

The primary difference between robots and other types of computing devices is their ability to have a physical effect on their environment, rather than to simply gather, process and communicate data. In this summer course we explore sensors, microcontrollers and actuators, which are the electronic components that help robots perceive and physically interact with their surroundings. We gradually build our understanding of electronic components and programming from the ground up, with no previous coding experience required.

The course employs experiential learning, iterative design and challenge-oriented teaching to encourage students to hone their critical, analytical, creativity and teamwork design skills. During programming training all students will produce an interactive computer game which includes graphics. The course concludes with a team design competition based on a series of robotics challenges, as well as a scientific slide presentation by each team explaining their design choices to their classmates. Students are encouraged to be creative and original in designing their hardware and programming code.

They are also instructed to find, understand, modify and repurpose code from the internet, combine it with their own and optimize it for their hardware. They study and evaluate designs from other robotics teams and combine the most desirable features with their own hardware design ideas. Proper acknowledgement and citation of original work which has been integrated in the robotic designs is demonstrated by the instructor and required by all teams.

Most of instruction involves experiential learning within a team, multiple design improvement cycles and a series of increasingly challenging targets set by the instructor. Each team prepares a final slide presentation to the rest of the class, listing their achievements, inviting questions and constructive criticism of their designs. Each team subsequently participates in a final robotics challenge competition.

More about the professor:

alexander astaras professor photo 2016Dr. Alexander Astaras is Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and a Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics, Dept. of Medicine (AUTH), Greece. He obtained his BA in Physics from Oberlin College, Ohio, USA and his PhD in Electronics and Artificial Intelligence from the Electrical Engineering Dept. of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He is an Electronics and Biomedical Engineer, the author of more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. He has designed and tested several prototype electronic chips & supervised numerous undergraduate and MSc theses in biomedical engineering and electronics. He is an active member of the IEEE and the Hellenic Biomedical Engineering Society (ELEVIT). He works in analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits, system-on-chip and lab-on-chip integration as well as mapping artificial neural networks on silicon. His research interests include biomedical micro-electro-mechanical data acquisition sensors, low power mixed-signal VLSI electronics design, machine learning and medical robotics. He is also interested in using robotics to promote science and engineering in secondary and university level education.

Enrollment for summer 2017 has started.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at +30 2310 398 398 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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