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, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for nearly 60 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to study-travel and volunteer/internship 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. Athens, a European capital, is rich in history but also 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 consists of academically rigorous courses taught by expert faculty. Course offerings encompass a range of academic disciplines and are taught in English. Optional language courses are available (Modern & Ancient Greek, Latin). Each semester, classroom lectures are complemented by onsite courses and field study to major historic and contemporary sites around Greece..

SUMMER PROGRAM: Students interested in short term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of CYA's summer programs, which offer unique, experience-based opportunities for learning. 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.

WINTER/J-TERM PROGRAM: CYA’s Winter intersession program offers classes in Anthropology or Archaeology. Our intersession courses are short-term, 3-week, intensive study abroad opportunities open to students interested in extending their semester or for a short stand alone program over J-Term.

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS: CYA has been overseeing internships and volunteerism for students for over 25 years. Students will intern under the direction of a CYA faculty member and will learn intercultural skills and obtain experience in a dynamic field while adapting and gaining new skills in the evolving professional landscape.

GAP PROGRAM: CYA is now offering two opportunities for Gap Year students for Fall 2021: those who are passionate about antiquity will benefit from the "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies", a program that explores the relationship between ancient Greek and modern-day practices via hands-on, experiential learning. Whereas the "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece “is for students interested in learning more about those issues, a program that explores a new culture, while learning more about activism, diversity, and equity issues, this is your opportunity to experience hands-on learning while you volunteer for a good cause.  Trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview. An e-portfolio seminar is also included!. Visit our website and see some of the pages below for a student perspective!

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

4.9

Based on 66 Reviews

  • Greece is Amazing
    5.0
    02/06/21

    I absolutely loved this program and how it made it super easy to explore the country without hassle. To be able to study in such a beautiful country was such a blessing. CYA teachers were all incredible likable and knowledgable. I would go again if I

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • We <3 CYA
    5.0
    05/08/20

    I highly recommend this program! I studied abroad with CYA during Spring 2020-and yes, that means I was only abroad from January through the middle of March. But the time that I spent in Greece was a blast, and I'm thankful for every second. Athens is

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My short time in Greece
    5.0
    04/29/20

    College Year in Athens was a spectacular program in a gorgeous country. All of my classes were engaging and the professors were so patient with students and passionate about their classes. The staff were incredible and so helpful with everything from

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • AMAZING
    5.0
    04/28/20

    I had such an amazing time that I was absolutely crushed to return home due to the COVID19 pandemic. It was clear that the CYA staff truly cared and I still receive daily emails from professors hoping that their students are well. The classes are very

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An incredible year in Athens!
    5.0
    04/21/20

    I highly recommend this program! I took amazing classes with professors who frequently taught us outside the classroom (especially for archaeology), I had unique extracurricular experiences such as taking a marble-carving class and volunteering with a

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Time of my life!
    5.0
    04/16/20

    College Year in Athens gave me the opportunity to travel around Greece, and immerse myself in Greek culture. I learned so much while I was in Athens, and I've never felt more at home! I saw so many landmarks and monuments, and learned modern Greek too!

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing Program
    5.0
    04/16/20

    CYA was so helpful with everything leading up to my semester in Athens! I felt comfortable talking to the staff about any concerns and could tell they cared about my individual experience. When I got to Athens, they provided transportation to our apartments

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Shaped me as a person
    5.0
    04/15/20

    Studying abroad in Greece is amazing in it of itself. However, studying with College Year in Athens brings it to a whole other level. The faculty and staff truly care about their students like no other academic institution. The program is self contained

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Find a Second Home in Greece with CYA!
    5.0
    04/08/20

    The benefits to studying abroad in Greece with CYA are endless! CYA staff genuinely care about their students and are more than willing to offer their support from the initial Visa application process prior to departure, and all the way through the entirety

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • 10/10 Experience, 10/10 Staff
    5.0
    03/29/20

    CYA tells you when you first arrive that they are there to be your abroad family, your home away from home. They absolutely mean it and you can see that every day. As someone who had studied abroad before, I knew that oftentimes abroad programs can be

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • One of the Best Experiences of my Life
    5.0
    02/02/20

    Studying abroad with CYA was life-changing. This program made Athens feel like home. All of my professors really cared about their students, and worked endlessly to form personal connections and give us the best experiences possible. The field trips were

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • For the Percy Jackson Lover
    5.0
    01/28/20

    College Year in Athens gave me the best semester of my entire life. From the exciting weekend trips to daily class visits to the Ancient Acropolis, I had a life changing experience at least once a week. Learning about ancient history while standing in

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Unforgettable Experience
    4.0
    01/14/20

    CYA was an amazing experience and it has truly been life changing for me. The administration was so careful and aware of our needs and the orientation sessions, though tedious, were helpful when it came to navigating but still saying safe in Athens. CYA

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Σ'αγαπω Αθηνα
    5.0
    10/28/19

    I decided to study abroad in Greece relatively last minute, but in the end I left it all very content with my experience and a strong desire to return. The CYA program staff are very communicative and helped with every step in the visa application process

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • So much fun!!
    5.0
    09/15/19

    I had an amazing time on the CYA Summer program 2019! I participated in the Archaeology course about the Bronze Age Aegean. We spent a little over two weeks in Athens, a week in Santorini, and a week in Crete. During this time, we had lectures at museums,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best decision I ever made!
    5.0
    08/23/19

    The CYA Summer Session in Athens was by far the best experience of my life. I took the Geography of Faith class about Paul and Early Christianity in Greece and I learned A TON and got to see so much! Professor Afzal was super knowledgable and gave such

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great Program in a Fun City
    5.0
    08/21/19

    CYA is a great choice if you want something more exciting and active than the usual classroom environment, while still learning from incredible professors and getting to travel. The classes are taught by interesting, engaging, and easy to talk to professors

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Immersive Experience
    5.0
    08/21/19

    My time abroad taking CYA classes is without a doubt the best academic experience of my life. I was able to engage with Greek culture in a whole new way and given educational opportunities that I would never have had otherwise. CYA students get to live

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Once in a lifetime experience
    5.0
    08/12/19

    I had the unique opportunity of studying in Greece this past summer, and it was by far the most interesting and fun learning experience I have had. This program offers so much, from the variety of classes to the many historical and archeological sites

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Exceptional Learning and Life Experience
    5.0
    08/07/19

    Spending the summer with CYA was the best decision I have ever made! The classes were incredibly interesting and engaging.I ended up going to a new museum almost every single day for lectures! There was a lot of traveling involved in the courses, and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best way to experience Greece
    5.0
    08/05/19

    My time in Greece studying abroad with College Year in Athens was more fulfilling and holistic than I expected it to be. My class (ARTH 356, a course on Greek Heritage) was taught by an amazing professor, our class excursions were enjoyable and immersive,

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing Country! Can't wait to go back!
    5.0
    07/16/19

    Every part of this program, from it's classes to the immersion it helped create was amazing. I will never forget this experience and I think it really will be one of the most valuable educational experiences I have ever had. Thank you CYA for all that

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Enamored by Athens
    5.0
    06/10/19

    This spring, I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Athens with College Year in Athens, which has proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Through studying abroad with CYA, I was able to visit many different areas of Greece and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A semester to remember!
    5.0
    06/05/19

    My spring semester at CYA was an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! The location of the academic building is right next to an enormous marble stadium, and it the study center has a view of the acropolis, so as soon as

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Not Just an Academic Experience
    4.0
    06/04/19

    CYA gives students independence outside of classes, and aids them in experiencing Greece to the fullest. Besides the wonderful teaching staff who give enriching lectures, all other staff members are instrumental in the student experience. Whether it’s

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Athens! You have stole my heart...
    5.0
    05/22/19

    Studying in Athens was one of the most invaluable experiences I have had academically and socially. The city, while much smaller in comparison to -- let's say NYC -- allows you to become comfortable with its long, windy streets. By the first week or

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Semester!
    5.0
    05/15/19

    CYA is a great program! The three trips per semester are privately toured by professors, and we got to explore lots of cities, cites, and museums all around Greece! The classes at CYA are great, and the professors are even better. They really get you

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Athens— a new home
    5.0
    05/12/19

    Choosing to study abroad in Greece was one of the best decisions I could have made. It is a beautiful country full of rich history, kind people, and AMAZING food. Greece really has it all, and I learned that throughout my semester studying at College

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Semester ever!
    5.0
    02/14/19

    My semester spent abroad in Athens, Greece was the most formative, eye-opening, and character building experience that I had at USC. While most people who go abroad, this time is one they fondly look back on as an adventurous vacation from school with

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • CYA Fall 2018
    5.0
    01/18/19

    I spent the Fall 2018 semester with CYA, and my experience with them was fantastic! My favorite aspects of the program were its dedicated staff, incredible field trips, and central location. The staff were very helpful in making the transition to life

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Full Cultural Immersion!
    4.0
    12/11/18

    Studying with CYA had a lot of great perks. The most awesome thing about the programs is the program trips which are completely planned by CYA and which take you all around Greece. I was able to travel around Europe while also gaining a very deep knowledge

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Most Memorable Experience of My Life
    5.0
    12/08/18

    Greece has always been the country of my dreams. I didn’t know if it was the infinite ancient ruins or the scenic islands or just the general merriment that drew me to it, but all I knew was that I had to study there. It was by far the best decision

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • I Wish I Could Stay Forever
    5.0
    10/01/18

    I spent the full academic year studying with CYA, and it was the greatest experience! Every staff member in the program truly cares about each student, which was new to me coming from a large university. We were housed in apartments around the neighborhood

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Engaging & Enriching
    5.0
    09/25/18

    My time with CYA was the best academic and personally formative experience of my life. I took two summer courses, and both the professors were outstanding. Between engaging lectures and meaningful site visits, I felt like I was growing academically without

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Will Do It Again Next Year
    5.0
    08/19/18

    The professors were deeply engaging and were not afraid to go off in-class schedule if it meant spending a little longer discussing certain themes or ideas. Also, because I was taking a travel writing course, they really encouraged getting to know our

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Summer Abroad in Greece
    5.0
    08/19/18

    I took the Travel Writing class with CYA summer 2018, and had such an amazing experience. I loved this class because not only was I able to travel to Greece to take the class, but we also traveled within Greece as part of our class. I experienced the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Fabulous, Enchanting, Liberating, and Unexpected
    5.0
    08/17/18

    My time abroad was everything I could have hoped for and more. Some of my favorite characteristics of Greece, found in both the city of Athens and in more rustic island settings, would include the merry personalities of people there, the delicious selection

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Bridge to Greek Culture
    4.0
    08/15/18

    As a Greek American who thought there was nothing more to learn about my culture, CYA still taught me new things all the time, which just speaks to the quality of the class. The professor was so passionate about what she taught and classes were very discussion-based

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Summer Ever!
    5.0
    08/10/18

    I took the “Anthropology of the Mediterranean Diet” course during summer 2018. It was a one month extensive class that focused of history, culture and of course food. Greece has always been in my bucket list but it exceeded all expectations. CYA was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Greek-American Experiences Greece
    5.0
    07/11/18

    I always wanted to go to Greece, being Greek-American. I took the Travel Writing class, even though I am a math major. I loved my experience with CYA. To start, the academics were challenging, but not overbearing. CYA did a great job balancing exploring

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Like No Other!
    5.0
    06/09/18

    Henry Miller once said that “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” The world has magnificent depth, and through study abroad with CYA, I believe that I have been transformed into a mature, well-rounded person who can

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