DEREE, The American College of Greece

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

DEREE-The American College of Greece is the oldest and largest U.S. accredited college in Europe. With 27 majors, 41 minors and more than 1,000 courses offered each year, DEREE provides many courses in business, fine arts, humanities, psychology, social sciences, sports management, graphic design and communication, all of which are taught in English. Students may also choose a course in Greek language or culture.

The program includes 15 credit hours of instruction and two excursions within Greece, as well as housing that is a 5 to 15-minute walk from campus. DEREE draws students from Greece (80 percent of the student body is Greek) and 70 other countries.

•  ACG campus is located in an Athens suburb, 20 minutes by taxi from downtown Athens.

•  Campus is 40 minutes by metra/bus from downtown Athens. Student housing is right next to the metra/bus line to downtown Athens.

DEREE Website

Internships are available.


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn 12-15 credit hours per semester studying at ACG. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.

Schedule of courses

Course syllabi

Housing and Meals

North Central College students live in apartments with four other international, U.S., and Greek students. The apartments are held in the building where Olympic athletes lived during training for 2004 Olympic games. The apartments are a 10 minute walk to campus and consist of two double-rooms, and shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Each apartment has a huge balcony with a beautiful view of the campus or city.

Meals:  Not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a shared apartment kitchen with their roommates. Students also have the option of purchasing a meal plan for an additional cost.

Estimated Costs

Participants pay tuition and a $4,000 program fee to North Central College. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. Fee covers one semester of accommodation but does not include the cost of meals. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.