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Perrotis College

The beautiful Perrotis College campus at the American Farm School is a dynamic fusion of its historic past and vibrant present. A green oasis surrounded by a semi-urban environment, the college is situated on the eastern edge of Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. The campus has grown from its first 50 acres in 1904 to its current size of 280 acres.
It is the oldest American educational institution founded in Greece and was one of the first international schools to host Fulbright Scholars. In fact, several faculty members and administrators have also studied in the US as Fulbright Scholars. 
Perrotis College believes in learning through doing and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice at all levels of agricultural education. This has become our hallmark and has helped solidify our reputation in Greece and abroad.
Today, the school has expanded into major educational divisions which include the Primary School, Secondary School, Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences, as well as a new Masters program and a Research Program.
Perrotis College is home to one of only two full-time USDA research programs in Europe.
The Study Abroad Department aims to provide rigorous educational and cultural experiences to American students by partnering with institutions similar to Perrotis College. 
Faculty & staff
For a list of faculty & staff, click here.
Over the years we have hosted faculty and students from many US and foreign universities around the world. Whether for semester or short-term programs, those who come to Perrotis College take advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, the expertise of our top-notch faculty, and all the beauty and culture that Greece has to offer!
Here is a list of some our partner universities:


  • Texas A&M
  • WPI
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Berea College
  • Penn State University
  • University of Arkansas - Bumpers College
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Auburn University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Minnesota


“Perrotis College offered a one-of-a-kind international experience for me. The school fosters an inclusive outlook that includes a wealth of different agriculture aspects, from animals and crop productions to business and trade studies. The school's campus and the city of Thessaloniki alike are both beautiful and welcoming. It was a great experience that proved to be fun, unique, and very productive!”
*Will Laumann, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“At 14 years old my best friend and I wrote a letter to our future selves, one of the things we wrote was to travel together to Greece one day.  Perrotis College/AFS has given me an unforgettable and unique experience that I don't think I would have gotten anywhere else. It provided both my passion and interest in learning and research as well as achieving my dream goal of visiting Greece with my childhood best friend. Perrotis College reunited us after four years and accomplished our educational and life goals at the same time. As the saying goes, I killed two birds with one stone this summer.”
*Natali R Jouzi, BSc -Nutritional Science and Dietetics, Iowa State University
“My time at Perrotis has been unforgettable. Perrotis has given me the resources and support to allow me to fully immerse myself in the culture, and experience Greece like a local, making this summer absolutely incredible. During these 6 weeks, I was able to get hands-on experience in the lab, make new friends, and grow as a person and as a researcher. Given the opportunity, I would definitely come back for another semester!”
*Nada Salem  - BSc- Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology University of Calgary
“Being and  studying in Thessaloniki is an amazing experience to me. It is a great opportunity to know an old city and an old country. The program allows me to go many places in Greece, to eat traditional food and to know friendly local people. I will never regret choosing this program which made me fall in love with Greece. 100% sure I will visit here sometime in the future.”
*Qinxiao Zhang, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Studying abroad in Greece was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I was challenged in my beliefs, pushed out of my comfort zone, and ended my time there with some amazing friends, some amazing food, and some amazing stories. I would recommend studying abroad at Perrotis for anyone who wants to stray past the typical study abroad into something that is a more interesting, more demanding, and more rewarding experience. ”
*Ruby Laufer, Animal Science, Cornell University
“Studying in Thessaloniki at Perrotis College was a life changing event for me. Seeing many different cultures, people, and customs was amazing and at times frustrating. But, being able to adapt has made grow as a person and opened my eyes to other parts of the world outside of the USA. I would highly recommend it to any student that is interested in experiencing something very different.”
*Connor Bollum, Agricultural Business, Iowa State University
“Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it” – Alton Brown
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