Margaritis Schinas speaks at ACT on "The Future of Europe"

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On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Bissell Library, ACT (The American College of Thessaloniki) hosted a presentation by Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson & Deputy Director-General for Communication of the European Commission on ‘The Future of Europe’.  

Mr. Schinas started with a historical background to the creation of the European Union emphasizing peacekeeping and democratic institutions. He shared a rather positive approach to the current state of affairs and the future of Europe. He addressed the issues of Brexit, refugee crisis and economic strains and argued that Europe proved resilient to the tensions of the past three years. He noted that there is a window of opportunity until the European Parliament 2019 elections during which the EU officials can further enhance the current positive trends. He gladly answered a number of students’ questions on a variety of topics from the Greek economic crisis, to Brexit, Catalonia, and EU enlargement. The event, which was organized by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public & Humanitarian Service, was well attended by about hundred students from American College of Thessaloniki (Greek, Balkan and Study Abroad US students) and the Anatolia IB program.


Over 400 students are living the Study Abroad experience at ACT

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On September 25, 2017, ACT opened it's doors to a record number of Study Abroad Students with over 400 students from 24 different Colleges and Universities around the United States.  The American College of Thessaloniki is proud to celebrate its tenth anniversary as the host school for the N.U.in Program from Northeastern University. The 2017 N.U.in cohort is largely comprised of students in the STEM field, focusing their studies on the sciences and technology.  ACT also is the proud host of the second cohort of 'Mentorship in Greece' students from the American University in Washington, D.C. Both the N.U.in Program and the AU Mentorship in Greece Program are unique in the area of study abroad as they focus on offering community style study abroad to first-year university students in their first semester of studies.  Starting their studies abroad, students in these programs bring a unique viewpoint back with them to their home school that enriches their academic experience.  All study abroad students at ACT enjoy the opportunity to engage in various hands-on educational experiences, giving back to the community through service learning, excursions to cultural and historical sites throughout Greece, and participation in clubs and on sports teams for a holistic experience.  

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Welcome aboard to this year’s new American Fellows!

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As the new school year begins, a new group of bright and dynamic American Fellows joins the Anatolia campus, both to immerse themselves in the culture of Greece and to connect the school with its American origins. Established in 1995 with just two intrepid young Fellows, the program has grown to include eight positions for the 2017-18 academic year and will continue to grow. This year, those eight recent graduates from US institutions will live and work alongside Anatolia and ACT students, exchanging ideas and preparing Anatolia’s students to be citizens of the world.

Run out of the US College Counseling Office, the Fellows Program was instituted to enhance the student life experience. Says Arian Kotsi, Director of U.S. Counseling Office & Special Programs, “Every year I think to myself, "there can't be a better group of A Fellows than the one we have this year" and every year I find myself thinking "this is the best group we have ever had". It is a very exciting program and I feel proud that it began in this office.”

In addition to their individual jobs across the school’s academic divisions and student support offices, the Fellows take on the additional work of advising clubs, leading Service as Action classes, and serving as role models to Anatolia’s students. Stuart Asbridge, the new Resident Assistant Fellow, says: “The care taken by Anatolia's faculty for the students' academic excellence and overall health makes this campus feel like a family, and it has been inspirational to see. It is easy to understand how these elements have shaped and secured Anatolia's role as one of the best schools in Greece.”

Through the program, the Fellows themselves are also able to gain invaluable new life experiences. For many, the close sense of community at Anatolia is immediately apparent upon entering the campus, and this feeling helps ease the transition from home. "I've been absolutely blown away by the sense of community and warmth at Anatolia,” said School Counseling Fellow Emily Fisher. “I've never felt so welcomed and supported in a new place. I'm invigorated by the amount of passion that I see here and am excited to be a part of it. Thessaloniki and Anatolia already feel like home."

Fellows are not only able to expand their families to include the Anatolia community; they find opportunities to take advantage of all that Thessaloniki has to offer outside the school gates. “I love living in Greece,” said Kats. “It is refreshing to be somewhere else – especially somewhere so beautiful. Anatolia, in particular, seems to work very hard to make its students, faculty, and staff feel at home.… That is the type of community that I am proud and excited to be a part of.”

Without further ado, below are the new Fellows and their positions on campus. If you run into them around the school, please say hello and welcome them aboard!

stuartStuart Asbridge, Resident Assistant Fellow

nitoshaNiTosha Billman, Middle/High School English Fellow

christinaChristina Daniskas, ACT International Programs Office Fellow

emilyEmily Fisher, School Counseling Fellow

ellyzeEllyze Francisco, Elementary English Fellow

aliceAlice Huntoon, Student Services Fellow

kieranKeiran Miller, College Counseling Fellow

katsKats Tamanaha, Art Fellow


ACT at the "Study in Thessaloniki" press conference

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The "Study in Thessaloniki" initiative was presented on Monday, October 9, in the Municipal Council Hall of Athens, by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris and Deputy Mayor for Tourist Development and International Relations, Spiros Pegas, alongside representatives of ACT and other major educational institutions in Thessaloniki.

The goal of this initiative is to attract new students to Thessaloniki, from the rest of Greece and other countries.

Thessaloniki, often described as the "student hub of Greece", is home to more than 100,000 university students, meaning that more than 1 out of every 10 residents is a student.

Read more on the "Study in Thessaloniki" press release, in Greek.


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.


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.


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..


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


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


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.

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