Key Steps to Study Abroad

Deree – The American College of Greece students of all majors and minors have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their undergraduate studies, as long as they are in good academic standing and meet program requirements. Students who wish to study abroad must do so through the Outbound Study Abroad Program (OSAP), located at the Office of Student Affairs.

Personal and group informational sessions are offered at the Office of Student Affairs. Please contact us at studyabroadoffice@acg.edu or call +30 210 600 9800 ext. 1446 to schedule an appointment.

Following your first session, you will receive an email with important information and a link to the OSAP online application form.

Below is the list of key steps to be followed.
1.  Choose your Study Abroad destination (show)

Deree – The American College of Greece has formed exchange partnerships with several institutions worldwide, so that students can study abroad at a very reasonable cost, as well as, a variety of locations. It is advisable to keep in mind the location, budget and availability of courses when selecting the host institution. Before completing the online application, book a personal session with an OSAP advisor. Be sure to bring along a print-out of your course schedule to review your remaining course options. If you need assistance in identifying remaining course options, visit your Academic Advisor or the Department Head of your major (if you have already completed 50 credits).

Choose a host institution* from our growing list of exchange partners, found here.

*Subject to space availability – please contact the OSAP at the Office of Student Affairs.

2.  Select courses and secure approvals (show)

In selecting courses at the host institution, please bear in mind the following restrictions:

All Level 6 courses and half of Level 5 courses as well as capstone course(s) of your major must be completed at Deree – The American College of Greece.

Certificate minor students may transfer a maximum of fifty percent (50%) of the credits required towards the completion of their minor. Only transfer of courses from accredited institutions are accepted.

No grades are assigned to credits accepted for transfer. For transfer courses students must earn a minimum grade which is equivalent to a “C” in the Deree – The American College of Greece grading scale (see section “Grades” in the Online Catalog).

The OU Validation Office is responsible for guiding students through the credit transfer process. It is advisable that the credits earned abroad be transferred back to Deree – The American College of greece so as to contribute towards your major/minor.

3Outbound Study Abroad Program application (show)

Following the personal session with the OSAP advisor, complete the OSAP online application form, indicating the selected study abroad destination and semester/session/academic year of study.

4. Complete the host institution application process (show)

Upon confirmation of eligibility to study abroad, and acceptance of your nomination, your OSAP advisor will provide guidelines for completing the host institution’s application. Gathering and filling out the required application documents is the responsibility of the student; the OSAP and host institution’s advisors are available to answer questions and assist with anything needed.

Be sure to be aware of application deadlines as they are much earlier in other institutions than at Deree – The American College of Greece. As a rule of thumb, deadlines are about 5 to 6 months prior to the beginning of the study abroad semester, but each institution sets its own deadlines.

5. Complete all other host institution forms (show)

Once admitted to the host institution, forms such as housing applications, pre-registration forms, immunization and health insurance forms, etc. must be completed and submitted by the indicated deadlines. The OSAP advisors will go through the forms, direct you to the respective webpages for further information, and undertake all communication with the host institution to offer assistance along the way. The Office of Career Services, located at the Student Life Center, can guide you through essential parts of an application form, such as your Personal Statement.

6. Obtain a passport (show)

For US and international institutions a valid passport and a student visa is required. For EU institutions a valid passport or a National I.D. of an EU country in English is required. Greek students should visit the Hellenic National Passport Center website for more information.

7. Apply for a student visa (show)

Once accepted by the host institution, the appropriate visa forms will be mailed to your address or the Office of Student Affairs.

Office of Student Affairs
Outbound Study Abroad Program
c/c Matilda Chatzipanagiotou
Director of Student Affairs
mchatzipanagiotou@acg.edu
(0030)-210-6009800 Ext. 1029

Following the completion of these forms, a visit to the appropriate Embassy is needed to complete the visa application/issuance process. A list of the required documents and other useful information to apply for a US visa will be provided to you by the OSAP. Information regarding the visa for other study abroad destinations will be provided on an ad hoc basis. The visa process should be started upon acceptance into the host institution and you are advised not to book airfare tickets prior to obtaining your visa.

8. Pre-register for courses (show)

Provided the option of pre-registration is available at the host institution, registration should be done promptly, since courses may fill up quickly. Otherwise, it is advisable to send a list of selected courses in order of preference to the OSAP advisor, to ensure that this is communicated to the host institution as soon as possible.

It is advisable to make note of when registration begins at the host institution (refer to the Study Abroad Checklist, Appendix A of the OSAP Guide).

9. Pay the OSAP tuition fees to Deree – The American College of Greece (show)

OSAP tuition fees for a semester/session/academic year abroad are paid directly to Deree – The American College of Greece and grants/scholarships/financial aid received by the student are applicable to the tuition fees. Housing, text-books, travelling and living expenses are not included in the OSAP tuition fees (refer to the Fees and Cost Balance Sheet, , Appendix B of the OSAP Guide).

10. Book an airline ticket (show)

Students are advised to book flights after they have received an acceptance letter from their host institution, as well as a visa from the host country.