Greek Culture, Food and Cultivation (Internship/Research Option Available)

The Perrotis College campus at the American Farm School is situated on the eastern edge of Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. It is the oldest U.S. educational institution founded in Greece and home to one of only two full-time USDA research programs in Europe. This beautiful 280-acre campus not only offers magnificent views of Mt. Olympus and the sea but gives students the chance to learn about Greek life, food and culture.  

Also included in this program are educational visits to Athens, the capital of Greece and Meteora, the home of 6 monasteries built high into the mountain around the 14th century. Take a tour of the Acropolis Hill, see the famous Parthenon, and journey to Marmaras to enjoy swimming, sun and sand.

Quick Information

LocationPerrotis College
Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2024
Academic DateMay 30 – July 13, 2024
Credit Hours6
Requirements2.5 MU GPA at time of application, good academic standing, open to all MU students
Estimated cost$7,029 (doesn’t include airfare)
ContactShanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad


Located in Thessaloniki, a 40-45 minute flight from Athens, Perrotis College offers a unique experience to delve into the long spanning history of Greece. Immerse yourself in the culture by participating in Greek dancing, cooking and language sessions. Enjoy living in a Mediterranean climate and proximity to the sea, beautiful architecture and amazing food.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in residence halls on the Perrotis campus. Rooms and bathrooms are shared. All housing costs are included in the program fee.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and are included in the program cost. However, students will be responsible for additional meals/off-campus dining expenses. Though the individual spending habits of each student will vary, please see the budget information below for an estimate of the average out-of-pocket meal expenses.

Program Travel

Students will arrange their own round-trip travel to Thessaloniki and will be provided with suggested flight dates and arrival times. For budgeting purposes, estimates are provided below.

Perrotis College will coordinate student pick-up (between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on arrival day only) from the Thessaloniki airport and transfer to the campus. Students who wish to have the cost of their flight billed directly to their MU accounts should contact the Director of Study Abroad, as this can be arranged through MU’s preferred travel agency. Once in Greece, all program-related travel is included in the program fee.


Students will be enrolled in 6 credits of AFNR _0590, an International Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources “placeholder” course. This “placeholder” will transfer back to MU as the following courses graded on an S/U basis. Students must complete a Course Proposal for Study Abroad with assistance from the CAFNR Director of Study Abroad. Once this is completed, students will work with their advisors to determine how the credits will count toward their individual graduation plans.

Students take the Greek Cultural Experience course plus one additional class from the list below (MU equivalency in parenthesis).

  • The Greek Cultural Experience (AFNR 2191: International Agriculture and Natural Resources Humanities – 3 credits)
  • Greek Wine Business (AFNR 2190: International Agriculture and Natural Resources – 3 credits)
  • Greek Mediterranean Diet (AFNR 2190: International Agriculture and Natural Resources – 3 credits)
  • Greek Olive Cultivation (AFNR 2190: International Agriculture and Natural Resources – 3 credits)
  • Work Internship (AFNR 4993: Internship in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources -3 credits)
  • Research Internship (Transfers back to MU as the appropriate degree program’s research equivalent)

Please be aware that there will be a mandatory orientation class meeting prior to departure. This meeting typically occurs in April. Dates and times for the meeting will be available shortly after the confirmed program participant list is finalized, generally around mid-March. Participants will be notified of the meeting details via email.

Estimated Cost

Non-refundable deposit:$350
Program Fees:$6,434
Intl Center Fees:$245
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation and some meals)$7,029
Airfare estimate: (does not include baggage fees)$1,500-$1,800
Additional meals estimate:$500-$750
Additional misc. estimate:$350-$500