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ACES Provider: American Farm School in Greece Semester
Thessaloniki, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Credit or Not for Credit:
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Foreign Institution:
Perrotis College
Program Description:
ACES Provider: American Farm School in Greece
Semester Exchange
Thessaloniki, Greece
Program Overview 
The center-piece of the Perrotis College Study Abroad Program (SAP) is the carefully chosen curriculum taught in English by experienced, dedicated faculty, many of whom are also highly successful professionals in their fields. The courses—all of which are accredited, either by Fresno State University or Cardiff Metropolitan University—are designed to match the needs and interests of students pursuing degrees in a variety of fields, including the humanities (history and culture), business, agriculture and sustainable development, food studies, and international relations. Aside from the Greek Cultural Experience class, which all participants take, course offerings include a selection from the College’s innovative undergraduate curriculum as well as several general interest courses especially designed for the study abroad program.

Minimum GPA of 2.5

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 The City of Thessalonikiafs 

Perrotis College is a division of the American Farm School of Thessaloniki, an institution that has served the rural population of Greece and the Balkans for a century. Its 350-acre campus and demonstration farms offer complete acade¬mic and boarding facilities, large dairy, poultry, greenhouse, horticulture, and arable farming units. The College faculty is largely U.S.-trained and the language of instruction is English.

The campus is located about 20 minutes from the city center, accessible by bus and inexpensive taxis.  Since Thessaloniki has the largest Greek university near its center, there are lots of activities for students.  Our students tend to spend time in the city, but also, in spring and summer, often go to the nearby beaches of the Halkidiki peninsula, or just hang out on campus.
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Academic Environment

Courses Offered
Required courses: The Greek Cultural Experience, Service Learning 
Plus two electives from the list below:
  The Greek Palate (Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine)
  Marketing Management
  Contemporary Nutrition
  Current Issues
  Dairy Technology
  Nutrition and the Consumer
  Food, Taste & Society
  Environmental Soil Science
  Food Preservation & Sensory Analysis
  Horticultural Science
  Sustainable Rural Development
  Principles of Precision Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability
  Agrotourism Principles & Practices
  Principles of Food Science
  Intro to Agro-Environmental Systems
  Introduction to Livestock Science
Semester study abroad participants may also take classes from the College’s regular BSc program as long as they meet the prerequisites.

The specific study abroad courses (The Greek Cultural Experience, The Greek Palate, Service-Learning, etc.) are available only to study abroad students.  But any courses you take from our regular degree program will have mostly Greek students, with a few students from other Balkan countries (Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, etc.).

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to

Additional Courses above 4 in a semester have a cost of $690 per course.

Most Perrotis College students live on campus–half of them being international students–they soon develop a close-knit community spirit. New arrivals quickly learn the importance of cultural diversity and tolerance, and just as quickly form friendships and mutually supportive relationships with co-residents who come from a completely different tradition and language background. However much students may learn from the College’s organized classroom curriculum, a considerable part of their education while at Perrotis College comes out of simply living in the rich, culturally diverse environment residence life provides.

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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Withdrawal Policies or Change Programs

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (
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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages.  If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.
More information about passports and visas can be found at
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Application Information
First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires
After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application.  

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.
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Pre-Departure Resources
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 

Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  
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Contact Information

ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/29/2018 05/18/2018
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission 09/24/2018 12/15/2018
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed