Mentorship Program 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016
After you commit to the Mentorship in Greece Program, if you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please double check that it does not expire within 6 months of the start date of the program. Students also will want to make certain that their passport is in good condition, as damaged passports can be refused for use (at the airport in the US or upon entry in Greece). Students who do not have a passport or who need a new passport should apply for one by May 1.
U.S. (domestic) students can use a 90-day travel visa for the semester. However, if you have recently traveled in Europe or plan to stay beyond the dates of the program you may not be eligible to utilize the 90-day tourist visa.
Additionally, depending on the country of citizenship, international students may need a visa for the semester in Greece. We advise you contact the Greek Consulate in your area for information about visas and obtaining documentation to travel and study in Greece.
Travel to Greece/Pre-Departure Orientation
In September, students attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation at American University in Washington, DC. This is a two-day orientation and students will be responsible for accommodations/hotel costs for the overnight stay in DC for orientation. Students will also be responsible for coordinating their own travel to/from Washington, DC, before the on-campus orientation and once they return in December.
The group (students, professor, and advisor) will depart for Greece from Washington, DC, after the orientation. AU will coordinate the logistics for the group flight; however, please note that students will pay for/secure their own travel to Greece after AU announces the group flight information in early June. The return flight in December will arrive back in Washington, DC, and students will coordinate their own travel from DC to their final destination.
Any students living outside of the US at the time of the September orientation are still required to attend the orientation in DC.
*Students under the age of 18 will need a notarized document from their parents stating that they can travel to Greece to study/participate in the program. They may be asked upon arrival in Greece to show this document.
Proof of Health Insurance/International Insurance
You will be required to secure international health insurance and to report your coverage information and any medical conditions (via AU forms) to American University and ACT. Students also will be enrolled in AU's emergency medical insurance for international travel. However, the student's own international insurance will be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas, as the AU emergency insurance only covers emergencies during the program dates.
Students will need to obtain an official letter from ASAC that will be forwarded to ACT to determine how requested accommodations will be arranged at ACT.
AU Study Abroad Forms
All students participating in the abroad options for the Mentorship Program are required to complete several AU forms and send information to the Mentorship Program Office in May and June. These forms include: Consent & Release, Passport Information, Emergency Contact Information, Disability Accommodation Request, Medical and Insurance Information, Student ID Card Photo Submission, FERPA Waiver, Permission to Travel, and Visa & Residence Permit Procedure. Students will be provided with more information about the forms and their due dates in May and June.
"It's an amazing opportunity. It was transformative! It helped me grow up, but even more so, grow as an individual. I truly feel blessed that I had the opportunity to be a part of this program." - Mentorship in Greece student, Fall 2015