CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program

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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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June 10, 2019 Enamored By Athens
I learned about the immigration crisis and the toll it has taken on that area of the world, which is knowledge that is meaningful and useful for my career path. I gained experience traveling and holding my own in various countries, along with gaining a very much increased sense of independence and self-assuredness after living i... - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
It was worthwhile in that living in another country and culture can help you think about your own worldview. And I love Greece! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a variety of things from my time abroad including many things about Greek culture, how to live in a city, balancing school with travel, etc. My abroad experience was SO worth it. - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
January 18, 2019 Cya Fall 2018
I learned so much about traveling and interacting with a new culture. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience! - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
This program was more than worthwhile, it was really remarkable and impactful. I learned how to not be so afraid of the opportunities that life presents us. I learned that I am a much more fluid person than I believed, and I still have a lot to figure out about who I am, but this semester abroad was truly the beginning of that p... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I gained a much greater level of independence overall, and I learned to make the most of things when they didn't go as planned. I learned to be more spontaneous (one of my favorite memories is taking a last minute train trip to Bulgaria with my roommate)! - University of Southern California View Entire Review
My time abroad was truly a period of personal growth, in every sense of the word. Being introverted, shy and even often times clueless, I had to rely on myself and my individual strengths in ways that I just had not before. Definitely one benefit of being abroad is that because you are placed in a new environment, and no longer ... - Smith College View Entire Review
Even as a Greek American who thought I knew everything there was to know about my culture, CYA still taught me new things which speaks to the quality of the class. My professor encouraged open-mindedness towards our experience, which was so valuable and definitely a lesson that is applicable to any traveling whatsoever. CYA is w... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
I really grew as a person. I learned a lot about my heritage and saw a different side of my life. I see now how easy it is to travel and it opened up a lot of doors for my future. I am a lot stronger and more independent of a person now all from studying abroad with CYA. The time and money spent was so worthwhile. I can't imagin... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I loved being immersed into the the Greek Culture! It was completely worthwhile, and I will cherish my time in Athens forever! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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 I had only previously learned in textbooks. And my professors have had so much... - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I gained a self-confidence that I didn't know I had. I now know that I can depend on myself! - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
April 02, 2018 Best Semester Ever
The people of Athens are pretty special and resilient in my eyes. I learned a lot about the history of Athens and all the struggles the people there have faced throughout the years and continue to face with the current state of their economy. They continue to be brave and continue to smile and enjoy life even with such harsh con... - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
June 06, 2019 Cya Spring 2019
I learned so much about Greece, Greek History, culture, food, etc. I cannot overestimate how amazing Athens is and how helpful CYA is to experiencing life here. - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review
Independence, interacting with people of different cultural backgrounds, making new friends even with language barriers, etc. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
Learned about Greece and history and it was absolutely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 17, 2019 Great Experience.
I learned too much to summarize. So much about Greek history, about contemporary Greek issues, and about archaeological methods. Outside of the classroom I learned a lot about budgeting, travelling, living alone, how to communicate with people who speak a different language, and about making the most of your time. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 15, 2019 Incredible Semester!
I gained a whole new sense of independence, and a new understanding of being a citizen of the world. It was more than worthwhile, and I will be using the lessons I learned in and outside of the classroom for the rest of my life. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I gained lifelong friends in my CYA program. I absolutely love Greece and cannot wait to return. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
I learned to be bold and ask questions when I have them. I learned that your time to figure things out will pass if you don't act fast. I learned to coordinate and be more organized in order to have a better overall experience when traveling and try to attend certain events. I learned that I love learning about the rich history ... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I gained and learned a lot. It was definitely worthwhile; it's always worth it to put yourself in a new perspective and try to understand more of the world from a different view than you are used to. And of course, just going to new places you learn so much about the world around you. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a much better understanding of that region and of Greece--it's ancient and modern history and its current situation. I learned about other cultures. Some of my favorite parts of the semester were traveling around Greece and other European countries. I've been abroad for a year before, so I'm not sure I really de... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 09, 2018 Like No Other!
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 appreciate this depth in every aspect of my life. Renown as an inevitable side-eff... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
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. I learned about relying on myself and interacting in a new place - Washington University in St. Louis View Entire Review
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 to Greece in some way (ancient architecture, economics, history, philosop... - Wesleyan University View Entire Review


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):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Archeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Latin Language, Literature
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
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