Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Thessaloniki, Greece
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning
- Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad
With over 100 years of educating the "whole individual: the head, the hands and the heart", The American Farm School (AFS) is dedicated to the fusion of theory and practice in it's agricultural, life science, business and animal welfare programs. AFS established the Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences in 1996 and recently created a new Center for Agricultural Entrepreneurship in 2012 with a mission of creating healthy and sustainable entrepreneurship and educating future business owners. The college is unique in that it offers programs of study in more than just humanities and liberal arts. Students interested in agriculture, animal husbandry, animal welfare, veterinary medicine, horticulture, food science technology, environmental systems management and international agribusiness would benefit greatly from the experience to study and volunteer doing real, hands-on work in these fields. Humanities students will also find a variety of courses available, including the Greek Cultural Experience class - the IPSL Service-Learning™ seminar, The Greek Palate (Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine), From Zeus to Byzantium (Greek Mythology & the Early Christian Legacy) and many other courses offering an insight into Greek culture, then and now. Courses such as an Introduction to the European Union, Marketing Management, and more add to a business student's knowledge.
Perrotis College is situated on unique rural acreage just outside of the bustling urban center of Thessaloniki and houses a state of the art-of-the-art Educational Dairy and Milk Processing Training center that includes a Holstein Friesian dairy herd that is ranked among the top 10% in the world and from which students help produce and market prize-winning dairy products. The college also houses a newly created on-campus elementary school dedicated to exposing children to environmental education through experiential-learning.
The American Farm School has a long history of experiential-learning and sustainable-living and utilizes a blend of theory and practical experiences in outdoor classrooms, dairies, poultry farms, vineyards, fruit and olive orchards, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, field crop acreage and state-of-the-art science laboratories to give each student a hands-on education like no other.
Experience Thessaloniki, Greece from a Local Perspective
Thessaloniki, the second-largest city and capital of Central Macedonia, is a 2,300 year old city still playing a vital and active role as an integral international trading city for much of Southern Europe. Thessaloniki has been called Greece’s ‘cultural capital.’ Those interested in Grecian history will adore Thessaloniki’s unique history as a symbol of the Byzantine Empire, a free state under Roman rule, captured during Ottoman rule, and the city where the Young Turk Revolution began.
Language of Instruction: English
Affiliated institution: American Farm School / Perottis College
Courses and Credits - up to 16 semester credits
Students will have 3 required courses - 7 semester credits
Students can choose up to 2 more courses in:
Housing: Students will live in a homestay on Perottis campus with families of faculty and staff or off campus with local Greek families. All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Thessalonikian."
Program Director: Victoria Georgouvela
Eligibility: The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. No Greek language requirement.
What's Included: All instruction; orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing, breakfast and dinner 7 days per week; service placement and supervision; airport transfers (arrival in-country and departure) if arriving/departing between 9AM and 9PM, health insurance; academic excursions; and administrative fees.
What's typically NOT Included: passport, visa (should you decide to get one); vaccine fees; airfare; books; lunches; meals on excursions; spending money; local personal transportation; local transportation to service site; local cell phone and independent travel.