Thessaloniki, Greece Project Center

Thessaloniki, Greece
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
D-Term during spring
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations.

Location and Culture

A modern, bustling city, Thessaloniki is located in northern Greece. Its rich, diverse history can be seen in its architecture, and the city itself is well known for its cuisine, open-air markets, and active student population. The beautiful beaches of Halkidiki are less than 30 minutes away, as are many archaeological sites and outdoor recreational activities. Average temperatures in April fall between 45°F and 66°F.

Housing and Meals

WPI students will reside in hotel-style accommodations. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Staples of Greek cuisine include olive oil, lemon juice, vegetables, herbs, grains, bread, wine, fish, lamb, poultry, rabbit, pork, eggplant, and yogurt. Desserts frequently also include nuts and honey. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects

Past students at the Thessaloniki, Greece Project Center have:

  • Designed a floating island through a collaborative process to improve water quality and habitat in a lagoon that received agricultural wastes
  • Assessed the feasibility and public interest in using hydroponics to grow food and address food insecurity
  • Identified opportunities to expand wine tourism in northern Greece