Apply now: Free college courses for 200 refugees in Greece

New opportunity for refugees ages 18 to 30 who want to take college courses in Greece:

This year, 100 refugees in Athens and another 100 in Thessaloniki will get scholarships from the U.S. embassy in Athens to take university courses in English, IT, agriculture and more.

The program offers each student the chance to take up to four courses at one of three colleges:

In Athens:

  • 100 places at the American College of Greece-Deree

In Thessaloniki:

  • 50 places at the American College of Thessaloniki-Anatolia College
  • 50 places at Perrotis College-American Farm School

Students can study in the autumn 2017 semester, the spring 2018 semester, or both semesters. They can take two courses per semester.

The deadline for applications is August 30!

What do the scholarships cover?

Scholarships will cover:

  • Tuition
  • Daily lunch
  • Transport to the university

Note: Transportation is covered only within Athens or Thessaloniki

Who can apply?

To apply to the program, you should:

  • Be 18 to 30 years old
  • Have completed high school
  • Have a working proficiency in the English language (at a minimum level of B2, also known as "upper intermediate")

What if my English isn't quite good enough?

Apply anyway! The college may accept you and offer you an extra English class.

How do I apply?

Each college has its own acceptance and application procedures, but applications at all three schools require:

  • High school completion (with some documentation)
  • English certificate at a minimum level of B2, or an English test given after you apply
  • A personal interview

What if I don't have my official documents?

Apply anyway! Admissions offices say they are considering the hardship refugees face in providing official documents.

If you want to apply but do not have all the necessary documents, contact admissions staff to see if you can find a solution.

What is each college offering, and how do I apply?


At the American College of Greece-Deree, 100 students will have the opportunity to take courses such as:

  • English for academic purposes
  • Fundamentals of academic English
  • Introduction to academic writing
  • Mathematics for liberal arts
  • Survey of Western Civilization

More information on courses and admissions at the American College of Greece-Deree.

Deree admissions contact:

Kathleen Macdonell, Consultant
Telephone: +302106009800 ext. 1511


At the American College of Thessaloniki-Anatolia College, 50 refugee students will have the opportunity to take courses such as:

  • Information literacy
  • English language
  • Advanced courses in computing, English, international relations, and business administration, matching the candidate's background and interests

More information on courses and admissions at American College of Thessaloniki-Anatolia College.

Anatolia College admissions contact:

Ms. Roula Lebetli
Telephone: +30 2310 398-239


At Perrotis College-American Farm School in Thessaloniki, 50 students will be able to enroll in courses such as:

  • Marketing
  • Research and presentation skills
  • Agricultural economics
  • English language
  • Introduction to mathematics
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Information technology

More information on courses and admissions at Perrotis College-American Farm School.

Perrotis College-American Farm School admissions contact:

Katerina Pitseli
Phone: +302310492702

What happens after I apply?

The three colleges will receive and review all applications. If you are accepted, admissions staff will work with you to determine which courses are best for you.

Will I receive a certificate?

After you complete your studies, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Colleges and universities both in Europe and in the United States generally recognize the certificate as an academic qualification.

However, Greek universities generally do not recognize the certificate.

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