6 transfer credits in a variety of subjects
17 May – 21 June 2018
$3,950 (includes tuition) + airfare. Find full details on the Budget Sheet!
Annia Dowell-Wiltshire, Education Abroad Advisor
28 February 2018
The Global Education Office and the American College of Greece are pleased to offer VCU students a summer study abroad program in Athens. The program offers an exceptional opportunity to take classes in a wide range of academic disciplines, all taught in English, while living in historic Athens, Greece. Located on a breathtaking hillside at the edge of Athens, the ACG campus is an ideal setting for study in Greece, combining a fully immersive cultural experience and rich academic programs. ACG also offers an extensive program of extracurricular activities, from health and wellness programming to intramural sports and fitness.
If you are interested in attending ACG’s Summer II session from 25 June – 28 July, please contact Annia
Course and Credit Options
6 credits in a variety of disciplines, including Communications, Computer Science, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Psychology, and the sciences. The following VCU faculty plan to teach coursework at ACG during the Summer I session:
- Thad Fortney, an instructor in VCU’s Department of Focused Inquiry, will be teaching UNIV 211 Food for Thought (a Tier II social/behavioral sciences course in the VCU Core Curriculum) as an interdisciplinary exploration of Greek food, history, and culture.
- Maureen Mathews, a Teaching Assistant Professor in VCU’s Psychology department, will be teaching PSYC 321 Social Psychology. Know thyself. Come to Greece and develop an appreciation for how other people affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Sharon Zumbrunn, Associate Professor of Education, will be teaching EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning.
- Jesse Njus, Adjunct Professor of Theatre History, will be teaching THEA 307 Theatre History I. It's required for Theatre Majors but fun for everyone! Come learn about Greek comedy, music, and masks in the place where Western Theatre began.
You can review a listing of ACG's summer 2018 coursework on their website, by selecting "Summer Session I 2018" from the drop-down menu
Many ACG courses are already pre-approved to transfer to VCU
. If you are interested in taking a course that is not listed in the database, contact Annia
for assistance getting it pre-approved.
You will indicate the classes you would like to take in your application. It is your responsibility to review ACG’s course descriptions and syllabi
to make sure that you fulfill any prerequisites, and that you are selecting appropriate coursework for your academic level.
VCU and ACG will register you in your requested courses. Note that all courses are subject to meeting a minimum enrollment. Students will receive transfer credit for all coursework completed in this program. In order to receive credit, students must earn the equivalent of a C or better.
Accommodations and Meals
- VCU undergraduate student
- 2.0 GPA
- Must meet any pre-requisites listed for courses requested from ACG.
- An academic letter of reference is not required.
Students will be housed in ACG’s residence complex in the suburbs of Athens. ACG has apartment-style residences with fully equipped kitchens, balconies, complimentary laundry facilities, wireless internet, and a fitness center. The dorms are located about a ten-minute walk away from campus.
Students will be responsible for most meals throughout the program, although your kitchen will be fully-stocked with the basics to get you through you first few days. There is a farmer’s market outside of the dorms once a week, offering students the opportunity to learn more about the Greek diet and purchase fresh produce, fish, and eggs at a very low cost. There is also a wide selection of affordable cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores within a ten-minute walk of the dorms.
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive one charge to their student accounts for this program reflecting the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee). This bill will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear in May.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
- Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website
Health Alert: Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent. Check the CDC’s travel notices
regularly as new countries are being added to this list. Check VCU Student Health
to stay updated as well.
VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website
for full details.
Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.