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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM)

  • What accreditation does DEREE - The American College of Greece have?

    DEREE is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Brown and many other outstanding institutions. This means your DEREE degree will be highly regarded all around the world.

    DEREE and the Open University of the United Kingdom, the largest university in the European Union have established a partnership for the purpose of degree validation. According to the EU directive governing the recognition of degrees and professional rights, degree validation will make professional rights in Greece available to graduates of DEREE's undergraduate programs.

    DEREE is licensed by the Greek government as a Center of Post-Lyceum Studies.

  • What documents do I need to apply to DEREE?
    In addition to a completed application form, which may be submitted online, applicants need:

    1) One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor of the last institution attended; a letter from private tutor is not accepted.

    2) Official high school transcript(s) and diploma or Official college/university transcript(s) and catalog (if applying for transfer credits)

    3) Acceptable evidence of proficiency in English:
    Pearson Test of Academic English: PTE Academic
    Michigan State University Certificate of English Language Proficiency (MSU - CELP)
    Michigan Proficiency Certificate
    Cambridge Proficiency Certificate
    TOEFL (score 87 or higher on internet based)
    IELTS (score 6.5 or higher)
    GCE
    International Baccalaureate
    Graduation from accredited English language high schools/institutions
    If none of the above can be provided, then the candidate will have to take the English Placement Test administered by the College.

    4)Certified copy of the state identification card.
    5)Candidates will also attend an interview with a designated College representative
  • Do I need a Proficiency in English in order to be accepted?

    Students who do not have a documented proficiency in English (TOEFL, GCE, IB diploma, IELTS, Proficiency Certificate Cambridge, Michigan, MSU CELP, or PTE Academic) may take DEREE's English Placement Test either before or after being admitted into the institution. Based on the results of the test, students are placed into the appropriate English course.

  • When can I take the English Placement Test (EPT)?

    Dates for the placement test are announced before each intake period. You may find out by contacting the Admissions Office at +30 210 600 9800 ext.1254 or e-mail: admissions@acg.edu

  • What is the content of the English Placement Test (EPT)?

    It is a two hour multiple-choice computer-based test evaluating the student’s vocabulary, grammar and listening skills.

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    • What are the deadlines for application?
      The College has a rolling admissions policy; however, it is strongly suggested that candidates submit their applications by the following dates:
      Fall Semester - June 15
      Spring Semester- December 1
      Summer Session I - April 1
      Summer Session II- May1
    • How many years of study are required to get my bachelor’s degree?

      On average, students attending on full-time basis will need 4 years to graduate from DEREE assuming they complete all their courses successfully.

    • Do I have to declare a major from the beginning?

      No. You may enter the College as undecided, take general education courses and declare a major later on (in the second year of study).

    • Is there a possibility to complete a double major?

      DEREE students have the opportunity to attend courses in one or two academic majors, leading to Bachelor’s degree with a double major.

    • What is a Minor?

      A Minor is a secondary area of specialized academic study, requiring fewer courses or credits than a major.

    • What time are classes held?

      Each student can arrange her/his own schedule according to the courses she/he needs to take and the hours these courses are offered. Generally courses are offered in both morning and evening to meet the needs of students from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

    • How many hours do I have to attend per week?

      Students may attend 1-5 courses per semester which translates into 3-15 hours per week.

    • Is attendance mandatory? How many absences am I allowed?

      Yes, attendance is mandatory. During semesters, students may miss a maximum of 9 hours of class for Mon-Wed- Fri courses or 6 for Tu-Thu courses. During sessions, students may miss up to 6 hours of class (3 days). Professors have a right to set stricter standards of attendance in their courses.

    • Will I have difficulty adapting to the educational system?

      The College has designed the academic program for first year students so as to allow them to adapt smoothly to the college's educational system. In addition, if a student feels that some extra support is needed, she/he can and should contact an academic advisor.

    • Who can I talk to about my academic program and progress?

      All students are assigned an academic advisor who is responsible for assisting them in gaining the greatest benefit from their educational experience at the College. Students can contact the Academic Advising Office at +30 210 600 9800 ext. 1431 or e-mail: dcadv@acg.edu.

    • Are there any financial assistance programs? What are they based on?

      Over 1.7 million € will be awarded in need-based scholarships and financial aid in 2012-13.The College has expanded scholarships and financial support programs to ensure the affordability of an ACG education particularly in these chal- lenging economic times. More information is available from the Financial Aid Office (+ 30 210 600 9800 ext. 1327 or e-mail: financialaid@acg.edu).

    • Do you help graduates find a job?

      The Office of Career Services offers quality job placement programs and career events such as the Career Forum, as well as personalized assistance on researching the best graduate programs. Nine out of ten graduates either begin their careers immediately following graduation in the field of their choice or continue on to graduate studies. Today, DEREE alumni have a strong presence in over 1700 companies.

    • May I continue my studies at another University abroad?

      Yes. DEREE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which gives students the opportunity to either transfer credits or continue for graduate studies at other universities around the world. 93% of our graduates are accepted at the university of their choice for graduate studies. Examples of Universities that have accepted DEREE graduates for graduate study include: The London School of Economics, Boston University, Imperial College of London, Georgetown University, University of Oxford, Columbia University, University of Warwick.

    • What College facilities may I use?

      All students have free access to all of the College's facilities (track and field, Olympic-size swimming pool, library, computer labs, Office of Career Services, etc.) as long as they possess a valid student ID card.

    • Will I have an e-mail account?

      Yes. Each student is assigned an individual e-mail account as soon as she/he becomes a student of our College.

    • What extra-curricular activities are available?

      Clubs and societies are organizations formed by students with the purpose of enhancing their academic life, each with its own objectives and responsibilities. The College also offers an extensive athletic program and a variety of sports, designed to meet all the physical activity needs of the College community. Extra-curricular activities constitute a significant and exciting part of student life, offering students the chance to socialize, apply what they have been taught in their courses, come in contact with people from the business world, and enrich their resumes with valuable qualifications.

    • Can I get a deferment for my military service?

      Male students who are Greek nationals and are registered at DEREE-The American College of Greece and at the Open University Validated Award program are eligible for deferment of their military service obligations according to an amendment in the relevant law. According to the Government Gazette (16.06.2011 - page 2973), article 18 of Law 3421/2005 (A'302) has been amended in such a way that students of Centers for Post-Lyceum Education which are based in Greece and are cooperating with recognized institutions of higher education based in other member states of the European Union are eligible for military deferments.

Fast Facts about DEREE

DEREE - The American College of Greece is the oldest, largest American-sponsored university in Europe.

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    DEREE is like no other school of its kind. As a student, you will experience the best of U.S. higher education in the unique, international, and culturally rich setting of Athens, Greece.

    Founded: 1875
    Fall 2010 Enrollment: 3,162
    Accreditation: DEREE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC, which accredits institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Brown.
    EU Validation: DEREE degrees are validated by the Open University of the UK, the largest university in the EU.
    Average class size: 15 students
    Student faculty Ratio: 17:1
    Courses: offered yearly over 1,000, all taught in English except language courses
    Major academic programs of study: 21
    Minor programs of study: 32
    Library: Over 127,000 volumes
    Over 19,000 electronic
    journals
    Alumni: 33,000 worldwide
    International students: 10% of the student body
    Number of countries represented: 54
    Career Placement: Full service office providing resume writing, mock interviews and job placement assistance.
    Student clubs/societies 36
    Campus size 64 acres
    Athletic facilities DEREE students can use the Olympic-quality athletic facilities free of charge. DEREE has an Olympic size swimming pool, basketball courts, track and soccer field, and fitness center.
The American College of Greece – Deree College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.