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, Winter Semester

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/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.
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 25 Reviews

  • Personal and Academic Growth
    5.0
    05/09/18

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Greece. CYA is not a rigorous program and it took me a while to adjust to the fact that learning can occur in a non-stressful environment. I have learnt here in an unprecedented way. Each of the classes are related

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great semester with CYA!
    5.0
    05/09/18

    My semester abroad has been truly amazing! Living in a such a historical city as Athens, I had unique opportunities to have onsite lectures, such as at the Acropolis, or National Archeological Museum. I have been able to see in person, so much of what

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • CYA: Never want to leave!
    5.0
    05/08/18
    CYA is exactly what I wanted from my study abroad. From friendly staff, to eager professors, to beautiful scenery, to amazing food, Greece has given me priceless memories and so many reasons to return.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Life-Changing Semester in Greece!
    5.0
    04/30/18

    CYA made my time here in Greece absolutely unforgettable! They helped organize everything from pre-departure paperwork to my arrival and even activities throughout the semester that they thought might be fun! One such activity was learning how to carve

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best time of my life
    5.0
    04/02/18

    The program I attended was in the heart of Athens. I lived a block for Kalimarmaro Stadium and a mile or two from the acropolis. My favorite place had to have been this little community called Exarchia. It’s where most of the new incoming immigrants

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My CYA Experience
    5.0
    03/02/18

    CYA prepared me so well by helping me complete all the necessary documents needed to study abroad. They set up transportation from the airport upon my arrival which made me feel so welcomed. The apartments were in a perfect location in the city, being

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Go Greek!
    5.0
    02/04/18

    What a wonderful program! I loved living in the city center of Athens! The professors and staff helped me learn about the Greek culture- past and present! I traveled to Delphi, Crete, and the Peloponnese (Olympia and Sparta) on the included field trips

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Experience of a Lifetime
    5.0
    01/18/18

    The strengths of College Year in Athens definitely included the fact that they were able to offer a variety of opportunities for all academic and non-academic interests. They also did a fantastic job with our experience outside of the classroom. What

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Fall 2017
    5.0
    01/05/18

    Studying abroad in Greece with CYA was the best time of my life. They went above and beyond to make sure that we saw as much of Greece as we could, and that we learned as much as we could. Living in Greece was completely different than living in the US,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience Yet
    5.0
    12/26/17

    CYA was amazing. The neighborhood was perfect and there was always something to do. Night life is so fun! Nadia always sent out a weekly news letter with events around town which was soooo helpful and Jennifer was always ready to find something for you!

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • A Eventful Semester
    5.0
    12/20/17

    CYA was an amazing program to study abroad through. Something I really valued was that CYA incorporates field trips to different regions of Greece, exposing the students to the regional histories and cultures. In addition to the three field trips incorporated

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Well-Rounded Experience
    5.0
    12/08/17

    My experience abroad in Greece with CYA has been nothing short of wonderful. I chose CYA's program because of the experiential, hands-on learning that it claimed to provide, and I was not disappointed. All of their professors were experts in their field,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A home away fromHome
    5.0
    09/12/17

    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,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Experience I'll Never Forget!
    5.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A year I didn't want to end
    5.0
    08/30/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Make Greece One of Your Homes
    5.0
    08/29/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Take Me Back, and Never Let Me Leave Again!
    5.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • CYA Spring Semester
    5.0
    08/19/17

    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

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