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New agreement creates path for Greece-based high school students to study at Widener

Greece signing ceremony

Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, president of ACS Athens, President Wollman, and Dr. Roxanne Giampapa, director of the Pinewood American International School.

Widener University has formalized a partnership that provides educational opportunities for students at the American Community Schools of Athens, or ACS Athens, and the Pinewood American International School of Thessaloniki, both based in Greece.

Widener President Julie E. Wollman traveled to Greece this month to meet with administrators, teachers, students and parents at the schools. She signed multiple agreements that provide for:

  • General collaboration for graduating high school seniors to pursue their undergraduate degrees at Widener.
  • Summer programs in leadership and engineering for high school juniors. These will last one week and begin in summer 2017.
  • Specific collaboration for students who come to Widener for bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the School of Business Administration and School of Engineering. Agreements for other majors are expected.


The schools in Greece provide rigorous high school programs. ACS Athens is attended by Greek students, international students and students who are American citizens – including many who have spent their whole lives in Greece. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools recently gave it the highest level of accreditation and labeled it a “model for success” school. The Pinewood school has students of more than 35 nationalities and operates with an American college-preparatory curriculum. It, too, is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and it reports 100 percent of its students go on to colleges or universities.

In addition to offering American high school diplomas, students at both schools can earn international baccalaureate diplomas. Under the agreement with Widener, students who graduate with international baccalaureate diplomas will enter the university with sophomore status.

“We are delighted to partner with these schools and provide a path to a high-quality undergraduate education on American soil, which many of these students are seeking. In turn, their global perspectives will enhance our vibrant Widener community, which is already rich in diversity with many international students,” President Wollman said. “We look forward to welcoming them to Widener for summer programs, or even more long-term opportunities as undergraduate and graduate students.”

Download a photo here that shows, from left, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, president of ACS Athens, President Wollman, and Dr. Roxanne Giampapa, director of the Pinewood American International School.

Video of the signing ceremony, held at ACS Athens, is available here. President Wollman’s remarks begin at 15:00.

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