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 4.3
Based on 19 Reviews
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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 gained more knowledge about Greek foods, as well as some of the traditions. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 24, 2014 Study Abroad
time away from wellesley - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was a blast and a half - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
It was worthwile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I left my heart in Athens. In four short months I fell irrevocably in love with Athens, with Greece, and as a result, with CYA. Living in Greece at such a tumultuous time challenged me to think in ways I never would have imagined, and opened my eyes to the world. The academics aren't stringent, but no one wants them to be - b... - College of the Holy Cross 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
I learned the importance of doing what you love and embracing your individuality. I learned the importance of trying new things whether its food, a religious service, or whatever. Its new experiences that push your beyond your comfort zone and improve your ability to be open minded and accepting. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 26, 2014 Great Experience
A lot. Yes - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. A lot of things about CYA are comfortable - my courses were in English, and I lived in an apartment with other Americans - but it definitely provide tons of opportunities to try new things and meet interesting people. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I love to travel and meet new people and that I can do it, on my own or with friends. I learned not to be afraid to try something new or go somewhere new. You don't always need someone else with you to go out and do what you want. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile and I learned a lot about myself. - Middlebury 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 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.


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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • 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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