The Mentorship Program is a fall semester, non-degree program open to students who have been admitted to AU for the spring semester. The Mentorship Program in Greece is an option for students to study in Greece for the fall, and take a combination of AU and American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) courses prior to formally starting their degree program in the spring. Mentorship in Greece students take three courses taught by AU (Intercultural Understanding, Introduction to College Inquiry, and College Writing).
The students will take two courses taught by ACT (Introduction to Contemporary Greek Culture & Society and History of Thessaloniki) as a cohort. Being non-degree students in the fall allow Mentorship participants the opportunity to pursue an international experience and earn college credit before matriculating to AU in the spring.
The official deadline for reserving a spot in the Mentorship Program is May 1, 2017. However, the Mentorship Program in Greece has limited capacity and the program may fill before the May 1 deadline.
To reserve a spot in the Mentorship Program for the fall and AU in the spring, you will need to complete an AU Enrollment Agreement and Housing Application form (making sure to select the Mentorship Program box located on this form), submit a $600 deposit to AU for the spring, and then submit an additional $1,000 deposit to reserve a spot in the Mentorship Program in Greece. Your space in the Greece Program will not be reserved until the program receives the additional $1,000 deposit.
The Mentorship Program in Greece will maintain a waitlist if the program reaches capacity. Students interested in the waitlist for the Greece option must still secure their spot in the Mentorship Program for the fall and AU in the spring by completing the Enrollment Agreement, selecting the Mentorship box on this form, and submitting the $600 deposit for the spring semester. If you are accepting AU’s offer of admission to start in the spring semester (without the fall semester Mentorship Program), you also have until May 1, 2017 to place your deposit.
The Mentorship Program in Greece can have up to 24 students. Deposits are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Mentorship Program in Greece has limited capacity, and the program may fill before the May 1 deadline. Note, that you will not make the enrollment list for this program until the Mentorship Program Office receives the additional $1,000 deposit for the Greece Program.
See the breakdown of the cost of the program. The tuition, room, board, and fees are billed directly through American University. Additional expenses may include: food (lunch and any meals taken outside of the hotel), transportation (to/from Washington, DC; the flight to/from Greece; and transportation in county), books and school supplies, entertainment and social activity expenses.
Since the Mentorship Program is a non-degree seeking program, financial aid is not available for the Mentorship Program. Financing options for your fall semester as a non-degree seeking student in the Mentorship Program are available. Although students may receive financial aid packages for the spring semester, this aid cannot be applied to fall semester studies in the Mentorship program.
Concerning financial aid packages, please contact an undergraduate financial aid officer in the Office of Financial Aid at 202-885-6500.
The AU Mentorship professors are full-time, American University faculty with appointments to the School of Professional and Extended Studies. The College Writing professors hold appointments in the College of Arts & Sciences. The academic and conduct program advisor, who will be in Greece with the cohort, is an employee of American University. The ACT professors are faculty with appointments to the American College of Thessaloniki.
There are three courses taught by AU professors and two courses taught by ACT professors. The three AU courses are: Intercultural Understanding, Introduction to College Inquiry, and College Writing. Intercultural Understanding is a combination of lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities using Greece as a classroom. Previous offerings of the course focused on such themes as immigration and refugees in Europe. This course counts toward AU's General Education Area 3. In Introduction to College Inquiry, students use different research methods to analyze contemporary issues and controversies while utilizing the various resources available at ACT and in Thessaloniki, Greece. This course counts as an AU elective credit. The College Writing course is offered online. The course prepares students for the writing required throughout their academic career. This course counts toward AU's writing requirement.
ACT professors teach two courses: Introduction to Contemporary Greek Culture & Society and History of Thessaloniki and Its Inhabitants. Introductory to Contemporary Greek Culture & Society is an understanding of contemporary Greek life and what it means to be Greek. The History of Thessaloniki course will provide an overview of the history of the city and focus on the different ethnic communities which have inhabited it. Introductory to Contemporary Greek Culture & Society counts toward AU's General Education Area 2 and History of Thessaloniki counts toward AU's General Education Area 2. View a sample week schedule.
In the Mentorship Program in Greece, students take 5 courses, for a total of 15 credits. Three courses are taught by AU professors, and two courses are taught by ACT professors. All courses are taken with the AU cohort.
All credits and grades received in the fall semester will transfer to a student’s American University record and appear on their AU transcript. Provided students successfully complete a 15 credit course load (or bring in AP or IB credit), they will not be behind other freshmen.
Intercultural Understanding, Introduction to Contemporary Greek Culture, and History of Thessaloniki count toward AU’s General Education requirements. College Writing counts toward AU’s writing requirement, and Introduction to College Inquiry counts as AU elective credits.
Please note that students who enroll in the Mentorship Program in Greece must abide by the policies, regulations, and codes relating to student behavior at American University and the American College of Thessaloniki. Any student who violates these while in the Mentorship Program will have their spring admission offer reevaluated. The GPA earned in fall semester will be the student's starting GPA for the spring semester. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to meet the standard for satisfactory academic progress. If a student earns below a 2.0 for the fall semester, they will start the spring semester on Academic Probation.
Yes. However, this is something students should wait until October/November to discuss with their degree program advisor.
In November, the AU advisor who is with the cohort in Greece will coordinate advising and registration for the students’ spring semester enrollment at AU in Washington, DC, as well as registration for spring semester campus housing. In addition, the advisor and professor will facilitate transition meetings for the cohort, so students are reacquainted with campus services, activities and curriculum plans as they join AU in DC in spring.
In January 2018, following move-in but prior to the start of classes, you will attend an American University January Orientation to help expand your knowledge of AU, its colleges and majors, the campus, and working with your new academic advisor and of course exploring Washington, DC.
Students have access to the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) on AU's campus. Students who would like to request accommodations for their time in Greece will preregister and initially request accommodations through AU's ASAC. Once students receive information from AU's ASAC regarding approved accommodations, they will then work with the Mentorship Office and the partner university in order to request accommodations for the semester abroad.
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that facilities or support services will be available at each location abroad in the same range and quality as on the AU campus.
Mentorship Program in Greece students will have access to ACT facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness center, resource centers, clubs, speakers, campus events, etc.
In September, students will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation at American University in Washington, DC. This is a two-day orientation in September for students; parents are welcome to join. If students are living outside of the US at the time of the orientation, they are still required to attend the pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC and travel with the group to Greece.
Please note that students will be responsible for accommodations/hotel costs for the overnight stays 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.
Students will have an on-campus orientation in Greece at ACT to introduce them to campus, meet staff, and increase their familiarity with the city and assimilating to Greek culture and customs.
The group (students, professor, and advisor) will depart for Greece from Washington, DC after the AU orientation. AU will coordinate the logistics for the group flight, however please note that students will pay for and secure their spot on this flight 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 Washington, DC to their final destination.
All students should make sure their passport is up-to-date and 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. Most students in the program will be able to travel to/from Greece and attend the Mentorship Program on a 90-day stay visa, without obtaining a student visa.
However, if a student has recently traveled to the Schengen Area of Europe, or is planning to be in the Schengen Area for more than 90 days in a 180 day period (before or after the Program dates), that student is required to obtain a student visa. Students who require a visa should contact the Mentorship Program office to start the process in early May.
The Mentorship in Greece cohort will live in a residential hotel in the city center of Thessaloniki (in the same residence as the professor and advisor). Rooms are equipped with beds, sheets, pillows, and other amenities. Breakfast and dinner are provided at the hotel to students daily. There is a free ACT shuttle that will take students from the hotel to campus and back.
Over the summer, students in the program will receive more information about the hotel, what items to pack, and other information. An ACT representative will also live in the hotel with the students, AU professor and advisor as a Resident Assistant to provide language translation, cultural information, and guidance.
Mentorship in Greece students live together in the same residential hotel as the professor and advisor. Students are assigned roommates with other students in the Mentorship in Greece cohort. There are two to three students per room based on gender and numbers.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. Thessaloniki was founded in 315 B.C. and named after the sister of Alexander the Great. The White Tower, located on the seafront, was built in the 15th century and has become the city’s most prominent landmark. The city is now a modern seaport city of more than 1.5 million inhabitants renowned for its wide avenues, neighborhood squares and tree-lined streets, Byzantine monuments, museums, theaters, hotels, restaurants, neoclassical buildings, and elegant shops.
Included in the cost of the program are a day trip to the Royal Tombs and tour of the city walls in Thessaloniki as well as a weekend trip to Athens and Delphi. Students have the option to participate in additional excursions offered through the ACT clubs and activities. Past trips have included: Mt. Olympus, sailing, and the Pozar Hot Springs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in ACT’s Clubs and Activities Fair when they arrive to learn more about these opportunities.
DC law states that all students must have health insurance - through their parents or through AU. If a student has insurance by way of their parent's plan, they can waive AU Health Insurance through their myAU.american.edu portal. See more information about the Student Health Center and insurance requirements.
Mentorship in Greece students will need to have their own international insurance to be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas. Students will also be enrolled in AU's Emergency Medical Insurance for international travel. However, this only covers students during the program dates and in the country of the program site (and is for emergencies only).
In Greece, ACT staff will be available to help with any health-related issues. The ACT study abroad office has a Resident Physician and Nurse for basic and routine health checks on campus. The physician and nurse are on campus, and can also visit students in their hotel if they are too sick to go to campus.
If there are medical emergencies, ACT will refer students to a private clinic. Students and the AU advisor also have the Resident Assistant from the hotel (for language translation) along for medical situations. If a student is hospitalized or needs medical attention, the bill would need to be paid at the time of service. Students are advised to have a credit card while in Greece for such unexpected/additional expenses. ACT staff can assist the student with obtaining documentation in English that can be submitted to the student's insurance company for reimbursement.
ACT also runs a Counseling Center and has a psychologist on campus for students that is available Monday through Friday, free of charge for a few sessions during the semester. For more serious matters, ACT staff can help coordinate additional services with a private or public clinic.
The tuition insurance is an optional tuition refund plan for students and parents. This private insurance program enhances American University's published refund policy, helping minimize financial losses should students suffer serious illness or accident that results in withdrawal from AU before the semester is completed. The insurance policy is elective and covers 75% of tuition. It does not cover the room, board, and excursion fees for the Mentorship Program in Greece.
While it is impossible to learn the language within the three month time-span of the Mentorship in Greece Program, it’s important to become familiar with it in order to make your time in Greece both enjoyable as well as culturally rewarding. Students are provided with some basic phrases before leaving for Greece and a crash course once they arrive in country (SOS Greek). An ACT staff member lives with the students in the hotel to provide some language translation and cultural information. Mentorship in Greece students also have access to Pronunciator, an online language learning tool through AU’s Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, & Research.