Every visitor who passes through the gate of The American College of Greece and walks around its campus almost invariably comments: “This feels like a different world!”
This is true in more ways than one. Aside from the breathtaking beauty of the verdant 64-acre campus on the slopes of Mt. Hymettus in the Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, ACG stands as a thriving model for one the noblest American achievements – the American system of higher education – in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Founded 139 years ago in Smyrna, Asia Minor, by idealistic missionaries from Massachusetts, ACG’s influence on Greek education is unique. The founding of its higher education division, DEREE – The American College of Greece, almost half a century ago, became the best argument in favor of American-style private, non-profit institutions of higher education in this country and around Europe.
The American College of Greece is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the oldest and most prestigious accrediting body in the United States whose members include all the great American universities of the New England region. It also has a degree-validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom.
Over the years ACG has been a hotbed of innovative thinking in business and the liberal arts, as well as in the fine and performing arts. Many of Greece’s top artists, psychologists, sociologists, and computer scientists are ACG graduates. The College’s impact, however, is felt most deeply in the business sector. Virtually every sizable Greek company – along with many multinationals – has one or more ACG graduates in its top echelons and hundreds of successful businesses have been started by ACG alumni brimming with the skills and the entrepreneurial spirit that the college cultivates.
This is the reason ACG attracts some of the best and brightest students, including many who pursue parallel degrees both at ACG and public universities, in order to gain an edge for their future. To encourage strivers, ACG offers generous amounts of scholarships and financial aid designed to reward excellence as well as to level the playing field for students with the desire to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
Of course, ACG’s influence reaches far beyond Greece. Each year, hundreds of students from the United States, the EU, and dozens of other countries study here, acquiring skills and invaluable international exposure.
Today, DEREE – The American College of Greece comprises three schools: The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts. Collectively they offer a wide-ranging curriculum of 21 undergraduate majors and 33 minors taught by faculty who combine international credentials and teaching excellence with industry experience. The DEREE Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers five graduate programs in Psychology and Communication, along with diploma and certificate programs in Public Relations, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Psychology. Graduate degrees in business are offered through the ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece, Greece’s finest graduate business school.
ACG students are offered unique opportunities to add depth to their studies through international internships programs with some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Libra Group, Diageo and S&B.
In addition, ACG students are offered the opportunity to engage in one or two semesters of study abroad or in specialized programs in over forty partner universities in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. By paying affordable ACG tuition, students gain incomparable experiences in universities such as Stanford, the University of San Francisco, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Kyungpook National University in South Korea.
A sense of direction is invaluable to academic and, eventually, professional success; that is the reason ACG does its utmost to engage students early in career and academic counseling and closely follows each student’s progress. Students and their success are central to ACG’s mission and faculty and administrators ensure that each student receives the individualized attention they deserve.
Europe’s future hinges on the success of its youth. At The American College of Greece we take this mandate very seriously.
To learn more about ACG, visit www.acg.edu, or speak to one of our expert counselors at +30 210 600 9800 (ext. 1411)