College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA

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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 activ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
Based on 29 Reviews
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Study abroad was an opportunity for me to meet new people, and add on another layer to my University experience. It was an opportunity that I was not going to miss; there are not many times in your life where you are offered a chance to go abroad to study. The best part about studying abroad was attempting to make such a foreign... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile!! I gained knowledge of a different culture, knowledge of myself, and confidence in myself. I learned more about the history of Greece and how its lasting effects on the world today. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
August 19, 2017 Summer Of Smiles
I learned so much about the Bronze Age, but also about myself. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I learned how easy it can be to make friends when you have an open mind. The first few days I had to come out of my shell and put myself out there and it was the best thing I did. - Siena College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about what it means to be American, not only of how American culture is perceived by people in other places, but also how it affects them regardless. I learned to recognize how my understanding of many things is shaped by being an American and to recognize the influence the United States have on the world. I als... - Columbia University View Entire Review
January 18, 2017 Beautiful Dirty City
I loved being abroad in Athens and I would go back in a heartbeat. I learned how to live in a large city and use public transportation. - Trinity University View Entire Review
December 16, 2016 Amazing
learned alot about myself, matured alot - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent; it was absolutely worthwhile. - Millsaps College View Entire Review
January 13, 2016 Fall In Greece
I gained a huge amount of confidence in myself from this experience. It was totally worth it, even despite some pitfalls, like somewhat iffy communication or not so great roommate experiences. This experience was only partly formed by what the program had to offer. Honestly, it was formed mostly by what I chose to make out of th... - Trinity University View Entire Review
October 01, 2015 The Great Greek Life
I learned a lot about me and doing things on my own. I got a great grasp on how a different society lives their life and could see how the media skews their stories sometimes. I think this is the most worth while experience anyone could have and would encourage anyone to do it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
July 16, 2015 Incredible
Absolutely, I gained so many experiences, I traveled alone and with friends, I gained confidence and friends, and knowledge of the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I was able to see firsthand the places I've studied and get a greater historical context for Classical Greece. I also learned about the history and turbulence of Athens from its first beginnings until today, and I've experienced the difficulties that a modern country is facing with an economic crisis. I've met amazing people and... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Greek culture and archaeology during my time abroad, I was able to gain a better sense of local life in Greece because of our apartment location and because we had plenty of free time to explore the city and visit additional sites. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I think it was one of the best years of my life. I made lifelong friends from the program and a lifelong love for the country. Feels like a second home and I can't wait to go back! - Emory University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
I learned a great deal academically from the course itself, but also how to adjust to living in a foreign country, how to become accustomed to the local culture and cuisine, and how to travel light! I gained new friends and knowledge about Greece I won't soon forget. It was more than worthwhile, I'll never forget this experience... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
Although only four weeks, I was able to experience so much of Greek culture and tradition during the time I stayed in Athens and Koroni. Compared to the other study abroad experience I have had, this program was very immersive! I took the class in the Anthropology of Food and the Mediterranean Diet; not only did the class give m... - University of Michigan - Flint View Entire Review
I definitely have a greater appreciation for my life back home and America. I also understand the Greek crisis more, and the Greek way of life. It was so interesting to compare the lifestyles and values of Americans and Greeks. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
It was such a worthwhile experience. I learned so much more about myself and what I value in life. I developed my political ideals being around so many different people from different backgrounds, I grew spiritually, and I learned how to embrace people who were different from me. Being in a place where I knew no one and had very... - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
Apart from seeing much of Europe, I learned a lot about myself while abroad. Some moments were really challenging, but the entire experience was wonderful. I made great friends and would go back in a heartbeat. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Really got to travel around the city and country to different sites both through the program/classes and on my own. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained an appreciation for the way history shapes the contemporary world in my contemporary Greek politics class; a love of Greek food and culture, as well as so much more. I can say without a doubt that it was all worthwhile. - Rollins College View Entire Review
December 23, 2015 An Enjoyable Experience
Not only did I gain close exposure to the Greek culture, I also had a great academic experience. The experiential learning I had with CYA was totally worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 28, 2015 Loved Cya
I explored my Greek roots, learned about alternate forms of government, learned about the economic troubles facing Greece, and learned about Greek culture and religion. Definitely worthwhile. - George Washington University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I had never spent that much time abroad or really had any exposure to Europe and I cannot wait to go back - Middlebury College View Entire Review
March 17, 2015 Full
I learned how to put myself in an uncomfortable environment and how to make myself uncomfortable. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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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 optional Modern Greek 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) and volunteer/internship opportunities.

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.


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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Anthropology
  • Urban Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Latin Language, Literature
  • International Relations
  • Environmental Studies
  • Archeology
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
Year Founded:
1962
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