Greek History & Culture and Micro-Enterprise
Are you looking to explore the ancient and modern cultural and social issues of this unique part of the world? Undergraduates can choose a Spring or Fall semester on the mainland in Thessaloniki studying and working with social activism, youth empowerment and micro-enterprise.
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.
Experience Thessaloniki, Greece from a Local Perspective
Study, serve and live in the vibrant city of Thessaloniki on IPSL's Greek program. This unique opportunity will get you involved in hands-on learning in a part of the world that is at once ancient and modern, urban and rural. There are so many choices (and reasons) to experience the IPSL Greece program.
Explore Greek culture, both ancient and modern through a lens that examines the local sustainable Micro-Entrepreneurship movement, social responsibility, Europe's refugee crisis, immigration and more.
Language of Instruction: English
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Courses and Credits – Semester
Students may take up to 18 credits
Courses are 3 credits each
Required Courses - Semester
Modern Greek Language
Greek History and Culture
COSA in Greece (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
Intro to COSA
Electives may vary depending on term and, as with all institutions, may not be offered due to low enrollment and other factors. Additionally, not all choices may be available as there may be a scheduling conflict between the required courses, your service obligations and your electives. It is best to choose additional electives from the list and get approval from your home school in advance.
The Rise of Social Solidarity in Greece Since the Crisis
Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Advocacy Research in the Field
Courses and Credits – Summer
Students may take up to 6 credits
Courses are 3 credits each
Service Opportunities in Thessaloniki
Supporting homeless and at-risk youth
Working with disadvantaged preschool and primary school children
Environmental Sustainability of our Oceans
Using Art and Technology for Community Development
Social Service NGOs
Societal Integration and Support of Roma
Educational Organization for Street Children and Street workers and other disadvantaged populations
Students live with a Greek family in Thessaloniki. 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."
The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential and are, at least 18 years old. TOEFL equivalent 550. No Greek language requirement.
Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; administrative fees; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; welcome activities; academic excursions homestay and lodge housing, breakfast and dinner 7 days per week; service placement and supervision; airport transfers (arrival); transportation on and off the Island for semester terms; full health and evacuation insurance.
What's typically NOT Included?
Passport; visa (should you decide to get one if you want to stay longer than 90 days); vaccine fees; international airfare; books; lunches; meals on excursions; personal spending money; local personal transportation; local transportation to service site; local cell phone and independent travel.
IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Corporation that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.