Program Details

Dedicated to fostering discovery, personal growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity as students engage with Greek society. Courses taught in English.
Location:
Athens, Greece
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
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.
Cost:
Please visit our website for current fees.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
We offer generous need-based scholarships! See website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 7 Reviews

  • Incredible People, Beyond Fantastic Experience
    5.0
    08/15/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Semester of My Dreams
    5.0
    08/04/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My experience with CYA this summer
    5.0
    08/03/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Both a Grand Adventure and a New Home
    5.0
    06/12/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Some of the Most Meaningful and Happiest Months of my Life
    5.0
    06/27/16

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Summer of a Lifetime!
    5.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Experience with CYA
    5.0
    09/27/15

    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

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