Program Details

Offering an engaging curriculum combined with day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean region. Courses taught in English.
Athens, Greece
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 50 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to actively engage with their course material. Students live in apartments in downtown Athens and will be inspired to immerse themselves in the environment and expand their worldview. As a European capital, Athens is both rich in history and a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.


The CYA curriculum comprises a diverse set of courses taught by expert faculty. There is a strong emphasis on both contemporary and ancient studies, focusing on European and East Mediterranean Area Studies. Courses are taught in English, but language courses are available. Classroom lectures are complemented by onsite courses and field trips to major historic and contemporary sites near Athens, along with study-travel to various parts of Greece and Europe (included in tuition).


In addition to the academic program, CYA encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities and explore independently on weekends. They return home academically empowered, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to furthering international and intercultural understanding.

Setting Description:
CYA is a great base for learning in Greece. Students live in CYA apartments in central Athens, and a limited number of homestays are available for semester or academic year students. Apartments are furnished and equipped with WiFi, and bedrooms have A/C. The safe and highly desirable neighborhood in which the students live has grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, banks, dry cleaning shops, and a weekly farmer's market, as well as many other amenities nearby. Best of all, CYA facilities are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums, as well as bus, trolley and metro stops.
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Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
We offer scholarships! See website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 3 Reviews

  • Some of the Most Meaningful and Happiest Months of my Life

    It’s hard to avoid falling into clichés when describing my semester with CYA Athens, because those four months really were life changing, eye-opening, and nothing short of a dream. Of course, the country of Greece is unspeakably beautiful, and I am

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Summer of a Lifetime!

    It is hard to sum up the experience I had with CYA in words.. I can honestly say that the 8+ weeks I spent in Greece have been the best weeks of my life thus far, in part thanks to CYA. I am a science major at my home university, but the two classes I

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Experience with CYA

    I studied abroad with CYA in the spring of 2015. I am of Greek descent, and so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to study in Greece. Going into the semester, I didn't really expect much from the program and I had no strong feelings about CYA one way

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend