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Summer: Rutgers- Engaging with Greece in Transition
Thessaloniki, Greece (Outgoing Program)
With a population of over 310,000, and more students than any other Greek city, Thessaloniki is the quintessential urban-style college town. Facing the Thermaic Gulf, the city sprawls upwards along broad, tree-lined streets and through parks and squares to the medieval citadel. While the “feel" of Thessaloniki is distinctly modern, pockets of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past abound—it has more surviving Byzantine churches than anywhere else in Greece. The city also has world-class archaeological museums, theaters, and family-run tavernas serving regional cuisine.
The Engaging Greece in Transition program aims to give students a close-up, hands-on introduction to the ongoing transitions of Greek society, including its political, economic, and social dimensions. Most importantly, it aims to answer the following question: in the face of political and economic uncertainties, how do Modern Greeks continue to meet their own needs at the individual and community level? Students will address this question through coursework in history, contemporary Greek culture and society, and regular community-based service placements.
Students on this program will enroll in two 3-credit classes:
Service Learning: Engaging Greece in Transition
The core academic component of this study abroad experience, the Engaging Greece in Transition seminar and service learning experience, combines regular volunteer service in local community-based organizations (CBOs) with weekly reflection sessions connecting public service to the modern societal issues. Service placements will include working with girls and young women at a center for at-risk youth; assisting in administrative functions of a local clinic, fundraising for a local community development organization, and assisting with children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities.
History of Thessaloniki: A City and its Inhabitants
A course taught by local instructors at the American College of Thessaloniki, providing an overview of the history of Thessaloniki as a point of intense multiethnic cohabitation and vibrant intercultural exchange from early Byzantine through the Ottoman periods to the modern Greek nation. This course will help provide context for students' engagement with issues in modern Greek society.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program cost includes several cultural field excursions, as well as one weekend trip (most likely to Athens and Delphi or alternatively to Corfu) and one day trip (to Vergina). Other optional field excursions, such as sailing and canyoning and a camping trip, will also be offered for an additional cost.
Accommodations and Meals
The American College of Thessaloniki will provide students with off campus accommodation in downtown Thessaloniki. Rooms are all fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas). Off-campus housing locations are well served by the city’s reliable bus system with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. Meals are not included in the cost of the program.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet
For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.