- Athens, Greece
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester
- 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/internship opportunities, students are able to actively engage with their course material. Students live in apartments or homestays 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.
In addition to the academic program, CYA encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities, volunteer/internship opportunities, and exploring independently on weekends. They return home academically empowered, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to furthering international and intercultural understanding.
SEMESTER/ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM: The CYA curriculum comprises of academically rigorous courses taught by expert faculty. Our course offerings encompass a range of academic disciplines. All courses are taught in English, but optional Modern Greek language courses are available. Classroom lectures are complemented by onsite courses and 3 field trips each semester to major historic and contemporary sites near Athens, along with study-travel to various parts of Greece and Europe (included in tuition).
SUMMER PROGRAM: Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of our summer program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning. Summer is an exceptional time to study in Greece. Our unique courses are tailored to combine academics with authentic experiences, taking advantage of the sun, the sea and the vibrant summer culture from Athens to the surrounding islands. Explore our country's rich history, get involved in archaeological excavations and delve into the anthropology of food in Greece, and so much more, this summer at CYA.
- 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.
- Please visit our website for current fees.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- We offer generous need-based scholarships! See website for more information.
Based on 13 Reviews
- A home away fromHome09/12/17
For two month Greece was my home. I walked the city knowing (somewhat) of where I was going. When I first got to Athens, I was very nervous. However, through my classes I learned what it was like to live like the Greeks. I ate so much amazing fresh food,
met new friends, and gained the confidence to travel anywhere on the weekends. This program introduced me to my new passion of trying things and discovering who I was.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Experience I'll Never Forget!09/03/17
I learned more in this course than I have in any previous archaeology/art history course I've taken. Learning was so much more effective for me being able to actually see the artifacts and archaeological sites we were learning about. My professor was
highly knowledgeable in the class topic and all the activities we did inside and outside of the classroom gave me a deeper understanding of the Mediterranean Bronze Age, in terms of both art and daily life. We stayed in an apartment very close to the academic building, in the heart of Athens, and I had my own room and only shared a bathroom with four other girls. The rooms were spacious, there was plenty of room and storage, and its proximity to everything was fantastic. We traveled quite a bit for my course, as well (including Santorini and Crete), which was my favorite part of the program. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn a lot while also seeing many different parts of Greece -- there's plenty of time spent in class, but just as much discovering the country on your own!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A year I didn't want to end08/30/17
It would be an incredible feat if I could sit here and express all the gratitude and love I have for this country, its people, and the program that immersed me in all of it. My life changed because of my year in Greece, and College Year in Athens made
that absolutely possible, with the best of their ability. It would have been so easy to let myself be sheltered in my little Pagkrati apartment, but CYA knows how to reach out to even the most shy of students. There was never any shortage of activities outside of schoolwork to immerse students in the culture: I went on hikes with a Greek hiking group most Sundays, and traveled to parts of Greece that most other students never see. I went sailing for three days around the Saronic islands, and I even got to sail to Mykonos. I tried Greek dancing (keyword, tried, but definitely enjoyed) and volunteered in the Agora archives and handled original 1930’s excavation notebooks! Then for the summer (because I couldn’t stand to leave after spring term ended), I became an au pair to a wonderful Greek family. I packed years of experience into my single year in Greece, and all of that was done with guidance from CYA. They truly respect their students as adults, and that’s why the classes are also as engaging and diverse as they are. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had class on the Acropolis, but I know I’ve been inside the Parthenon twice because of those classes. With the care of one professor, I presented my first academic paper and performed in a comedy by Aristophanes. CYA even provides trips to Crete, Delphi, the Peloponnese, and Thessaloniki led by the wonderful professors who bring not only the ancient and modern history of the places, but also the personal familiarity and humor you can’t find with a typical tour guide. Of course, since being back in the States, I miss the real Greek gyros and the strong coffee. I miss the friendliness of the shop owners who took personal interests in your life and helped you learn Greek along the way. I miss the weekly farmer’s markets that packed every fruit and vegetable you can imagine. I miss wandering the streets of Athens and using the Acropolis as a personal compass. And not even the last, certainly not the least, I miss the crystal waters of the Aegean. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until I’m back there again, and I encourage everyone to experience this same amazing, unforgettable adventure.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Make Greece One of Your Homes08/29/17
One of the best decisions I've ever made was choosing College Year in Athens to be my study abroad experience. CYA made Greece feel like my home. The staff and professors were wonderful, engaging, and experts in their respective fields. There were many
opportunities to immerse ourselves into the culture and to feel like a Greek. Learning greek and speaking it to the Greeks was something I got joy out of every single time. I loved spending time among the Greeks and I will always count Greece as one of my homes. The Greeks are kind, passionate, and engaging people. Oh, how many times I wished I was Greek! One of my favorite things about Greece is the rich history and I cannot describe the amazing feeling of standing in the Parthenon or in the Ancient Agora and trying to absorb the monumentality of the history that is still standing after so many years. I would recommend this program to any and everyone!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Take Me Back, and Never Let Me Leave Again!08/23/17
The course was challenging but fair. The work did not interfere with exploring Greece, and made me think more about what I was seeing. The journals and writing forced me to think about my surroundings and made me appreciate my trip so much more! Professor
Turina was extremely prepared and knowledgeable. She helped explain a lot of culture differences and helped us assimilate to culture and way of life. I participated in class the same amount that I would at Siena, and it made me enjoy the course so much more. If you didn't participate in the discussion then the course would drag, but being engaged made it fun and extremely beneficial. The grade was based on 4 big assignments, daily journals, and class participation. It was simple and easy to know how you were doing in the course. The administration was beyond helpful. They helped with anything and everything. Recommended a ballet for us to go to one evening and made sure everything went smoothly and we were safe. The apartments gave you the chance to be independent. Walking around the city and walking to class everyday gave us a chance to really feel like a local and dive right into the culture. The hotels were extremely nice and clean. The food took some getting use to but was delicious. Lunch at CYA was always Greek food, giving us more opportunities to try different things, and the portions were enough to fill you up! There were always options to have 'American' food at restaurants, but the local fish was always a tastier option. We were able to dive right into the local culture. The people were extremely friendly and wanted to talk to us and ask us questions. It was very inviting and welcoming. Eating and sharing meals with locals made the experience so much better! I felt as safe as anyone can feel when traveling in a foreign country for the first time. There were certain areas we stayed away from for obvious reasons, but CYA made us aware of any issues and made our safety their number 1 concern.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- CYA Spring Semester08/19/17
Studying abroad was one of my college bucket list items, and I had been looking forward to doing it since I started planning for college. I couldn't look back and say exactly what my expectations were, but I can say they were high. I'm glad I ended up
choosing CYA, because the program and the trip I went on managed to exceed what those expectations were. Everything from the living arrangements to the classes I took were amazing, and I'm so happy I was able to have this experience in Greece. The apartments CYA houses their students in are large, with excellent utilities (and air conditioning) that made feeling like living in Greece a possibility. The apartment buildings were Greek apartment buildings with non-student residents, which really made one feel as if they were a part of Greek culture. The classes were very interesting and it was fascinating to learn about Greece while in Greece. One of my favorite parts of my trip was going to the Greek islands for a week. It was an amazing experience seeing island culture up close and staying in some of the most beautiful places in the world. The food, in both the city of Athens and on the islands, was delicious even if the person eating it wasn't a fan of Mediterranean food. This was an excellent program that provided an excellent experience, and I would go back in a heartbeat.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Incredible People, Beyond Fantastic Experience08/15/17
The connections and memories made here are those that last a lifetime. The exploring of many different parts of Greece allowed for me to learn much more than I ever could have on my own in this wonderful country, in numerous different ways. Whether it
was through cultural experiences, in the classroom, on archeological sites, or just interactions with the locals, it resulted in an unforgettable experiences that would not have been possible if not for CYA. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in studying abroad, whether it's over the summer or during the semester. My only regret is that I couldn't stay longer.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Semester of My Dreams08/04/17
I didn't know what to expect when I first came to Athens. I had never been to Greece before, and I had never taken any classes outside of North America. I knew it would be different, and that I would meet a lot of people and see a ton of new things, but
I never thought I would have the amazing and life-changing semester that I did. Athens, first and foremost, is such an amazing city. I love history, and it was really cool to be able to see places where some of the most important moments in history happened. To stand beneath the Acropolis, to have class right beside the First Olympic Stadium, and to see the place where Socrates and Plato taught their pupils, truly was awe-inspiring. Being able to experience different parts of Greece helped me to more fully appreciate how great a country it is. The people, first, are definitely some of the nicest people you will ever meet. It was not uncommon for restaurant owners to give our group a complimentary dessert after the meal, and want to know more about our experience as Americans in Greece. People were extremely helpful, and always willing to recommend a good restaurant or site to see. Greece as a country is absolutely amazing as well. Getting to see Thessaloniki, Delphi, and the Peloponnese was an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. These are off the beaten path, and really gave me a chance to experience parts of Greece I would have never travelled to on my own or with my family. Lastly, CYA was absolutely incredible. These professors are so qualified in their fields, and they really do just want to see you grow. They were so kind, and I learned so much. Thank you, CYA!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My experience with CYA this summer08/03/17
This summer I studied abroad with CYA. I took a course called the Anthropology of Food in Greece: the Mediterranean Diet and More. On the surface this course already sounds incredible. I mean what is better to do in Greece than eat food! This course was
even more incredible because not only were we able to eat Greek food, but we got to experience the entire Greek lifestyle. From sharing and eating meals together to seeing food production, we got to experience it all. This summer has been absolutely amazing and honestly much of the time felt completely surreal. I would recommend this program and CYA to anyone even considering studying abroad.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Both a Grand Adventure and a New Home06/12/17
Spending a semester in Greece through College Year in Athens was a life changing experience for me. I was surprised at how quickly I felt comfortable in the city, which was at once very familiar and welcoming and also completely different from anywhere
I'd visited before. The locals were friendly and eager to talk to me about our shared love of Athens and to help me with my Greek conversation skills. Learning a new language in the classroom is one thing, but it's quite another to put that knowledge to use in the "real world," but everyone was patient and helpful and seemed genuinely pleased that I was making an effort. As a classical studies major Athens was the obvious choice for me when I decided to go abroad, and CYA did not disappoint. I was able to study modern and ancient Greek side by side, and also take archaeology and art history courses held almost exclusively at nearby museums or on site. One class we were even allowed to go inside the Parthenon, an area that is blocked off to the public. Often studying for a midterm meant walking to the National Archaeological Museum for another look at a significant sculpture, and researching for a paper meant heading up to the Akropolis to inspect a set of ancient foundations and form an opinion about their implications. Athens is a vibrant city full of good food, loving cats, impressive street art, and passionate people who truly care about the world and their place in it. Of course my classes were incredible, but what I really took away from my semester was everything else, from hands-on marble carving workshops to countless opportunities to travel both within Greece and to other countries in Europe. Travel highlights include the archaeological sites of Delphi, Mycenae, and Knossos, and a weekend trip to Barcelona. I was also able to participate in a weekend sailing trip through CYA in which we slept on the boats and visited a few different island near Athens. During my time in Greece I've forged friendships that will endure for years, and memories that will last a lifetime.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Some of the Most Meaningful and Happiest Months of my Life06/27/16
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
amazed at the huge variety of places I was able to see. From the otherworldly landscape of ‘Meteora' with 15th century monasteries perched atop shocking rock formations to the volcanic cliffs of Santorini… The beaches and mountain ranges were surprisingly diverse but equally spectacular, and each island, village and city had a uniquely charming vibe. The best part of experiencing Greece was not the breathtaking vistas, however. It was the people of Greece, hands down. Sometimes I still shake my head in grateful amazement when I think of all the ways and times that I was shown generosity, warmth and downright familial love from too many people to count. This alone changed me, and is something that I hope to pass on to others wherever I go in life. The CYA staff was not an exception to this rule; in fact, they were all some of the most wonderful and interesting people I met in Greece. The academic component of this program was just as excellent. The material for my classes was stimulating and fascinating, and the professors were fantastic. They gave us more individual attention than I’ve ever had in college and took us on once-in-a-lifetime field trips like inside Parliament and an Orthodox monastery, and to archaeological sites, museums and exhibits. As if this weren’t enough, CYA takes all of its students on multiple school-wide field trips that last for as long as one week. This gives you the opportunity to hear about historic and cultural sites from experts in the field in a way that would never be possible as a tourist. All in all, I can hardly overstate how highly I recommend College Year in Athens. It opened my mind to new perspectives and taught me so much about the world. But also, it taught me so much about myself. I truly can say that I feel like Greece has become like a second home, and that is in large part thanks to CYA.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Summer of a Lifetime!09/27/15
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
took in Greece that focused on the anthropology of the Mediterranean diet and the archaeology of the Bronze Age really opened my eyes to some more of my academic interests and enriched my liberal arts education. The professors at CYA are obviously passionate about what they are teaching, and I think that this attribute really made us students not only want to learn more but to actually care about what we were learning. The structure of the summer programs allowed for personal travel and exploration which were huge parts of my experience as a whole and really instilled within me a desire to continue traveling in the future. While studying abroad through CYA, students lived with other students from the United States. While I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be living with a more international crowd, I think that this arrangement had some “pros” as well. Culture shock is a real thing and to be able to come back home to other American students that were speaking English and experiencing the same emotions was comforting in a experience that was often very overwhelming and uncomfortable. I was in Greece during the summer of 2015 when the economic situation was very interesting and sometimes unsettling, yet I always felt safe being with CYA because they continuously ensured us that everything would be okay and had emergency plans in place if things went awry. I think that that speaks greatly for the structure of the program. I would recommend a program in Greece to anyone that is looking for a experience full of culture, history, and the iconic hospitality that is often associated with the beautiful country.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Experience with CYA09/27/15
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
or another. However, once I got the Greece and started experiencing life in Athens, I came to quickly appreciate CYA. They made sure that everything from finding your apartment on the first day to finding an internship in Athens was as easy and trouble-free as possible. They have a wonderful woman, Nadia, who connected me and my friends with several different organizations, including recreational sports, hiking, academic groups, and even teaching English to refugees. Even more, CYA provided us with several wonderful trips through Greece. These trips are super fun (literally driving through beautiful Greece -- trust me, it's stunning), and they're at no extra cost. We went to Delphi, Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city), Sparta, and a plethora of archaeological sites. I wish I could do it again! Regarding academics, CYA can really be whatever you want it to be. I managed to get all of my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I had a four-day weekend every week. My days with classes were busy, but two of my classes met on-site, and so I would spend my mornings walking archaeological sites and visiting ancient monuments. For one of my classes, we actually held class inside some of the monuments, such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Propylaia. 10/10 would do it again. My only qualm with CYA is how much time you spend with other American students. I didn't end up making too many Greek friends, as most of my time was spent with my classmates. However, I think this was more my fault than anyone else's, as CYA provided ample support for people looking to get involved in the city and community -- I just didn't take advantage of that as I should have. Over all, I loved CYA and can't recommend it highly enough.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend