Students in the Mentorship in Greece program will have a pre-departure orientation on American University’s campus in Washington, DC (estimated dates are September 17 and 18 - departing DC on September 18). The orientation is for students and parents and it includes an introduction of faculty and staff, academic overview, student conduct and discipline, expectations of students abroad, cultural assimilation, resources for students abroad, and the transition back to AU. Students and parents are responsible for coordinating their own travel to/from Washington, DC, as well as overnight accommodations for the on campus orientation.
*All students living outside of the US at the time of the September orientation are still required to attend the orientation in DC.
Orientation at ACT
Program staff and students will arrive in mid-September before the start of ACT classes (September 25). Upon arrival in Greece, students will participate in a multi-day orientation (September 20-21) led by ACT. The orientation topics are:
- SOS Greek (basic language boot camp)
- Greek culture
- Campus policies
- Campus life
An AU professor (who will teach the Introduction to College Inquiry and Intercultural Understanding courses) and one advisor (to manage student discipline and academic issues, arrange cohort excursions, etc.) will be assigned to lead the AU students and will live in the same hotel as the students. In addition, one in-country/local ACT staff person will be assigned as an RA to the professor, advisor, and students –for language translation and assisting with understanding systems in Greece and at ACT.