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Terms & Dates​
  • WINTER 2021
    • Dates: 01/20/21​ to 04/04/21
  • SPRING 2021
    • ​Dates: 04/19/21​ to 06/27/21
  • SUMMER 2021 
    • Dates: 06/27/21 to 09/15/21
  • FALL 2021 
    • Dates:  09/19/21 to 12/10/21

* Dates are Approximate​​

"The opportunity I had to travel to Greece has only deepened my sense of curiosity about the world: a panoply of beautiful landscapes, architecture, languages, cuisines, and cultures all existing on the same planet floating in space together: get out and explore while you can! My sense as a global citizen has heightened, my sensitivity to cultural chauvinism sharpened, and my feelings of humanism enriched. " 
 Jake - Alum

Wish You Were Here: The New Thessaloniki  Greece

For a city of its size, Thessaloniki packs an incredible punch as a tourist destination. And it just keeps getting cooler every year.

Meet the IPSL Program Director

Ms. Victoria Georgouvela

Victoria, a Greek native, has lived in the US for many years. She has been professionally involved in Organization Planning and Development, directing business operations, consultations and marketing for several International companies in the financial and arts industries & in production companies specializing in travel documentaries that brought her in many places around the world. She has always participated in a variety of sports and inter-varsity athletic meets. She loves nature and has been involved in hiking, trekking, dessert trekking, canyoning, mountaineering, ski touring, water skiing and scuba diving around the world. The last several years Victoria has been involved exclusively in planning, organizing and guiding adventure travel experiences in Greece for groups from the U.S. and Europe. Victoria holds graduate degrees in business administration.

New IPSL Greece Program - study, serve and live in the vibrant city of Thessaloniki 


The IPSL program in Greece is a unique opportunity to get 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. Students can do field work and research as they explore micro-enterprise in action with local greek family businesses.

Are you looking to explore the ancient and modern cultural and social issues of this unique part of the world? Choose a Spring, Summer or Fall term 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 Greece like a local...not a tourist. 

Experience the best of the Greek culture in a land brimming with natural beauty and history. Live, study and volunteer in the exciting heart of a modern city with an ancient past.


Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: English


Courses and  Credits
Spring, Summer and Fall Term


  • COSA in Greece


  • Micro-Enterprise in Urban Communities, Seminar and Field Work

  • Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

  • Greek History, Culture and Modern Greek Language

  • Greek: Language Across the Curriculum

Service Opportunities

  • Refugee Work

  • English Tutoring

  • 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 can live in a homestay with Greek family. 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". There is also an option to stay in a shared (or single apartment in the city center. * additional fees may apply.


  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. No Greek language requirement


What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; administrative fees; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; welcome activities; academic excursions homestay; partial board; service placement and supervision; airport transfers (arrival); 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; additional meals not included in homestay or lodge; books; personal spending money; local personal transportation; local transportation to service site; local cell phone and independent travel.