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CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 60 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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February 09, 2024 Transformative
My name is Amira and I was in the CYA program for the winter semester in 2023 and it was an unforgettable experience. Oftentimes individuals travel because they believe they may ‘find themselves’ and I believe that as a person you do not find yourself, you make yourself. Being part of the CYA program helped give me the tools to ... - DePaul University View Entire Review
I learned a lot from my experience abroad. Firstly, I took courses that piqued my interest academically, pushing me into different academic and professional directions. The program also helped me secure a position that was a stepping stone for me professionally. While the position did not last long, it gave me tremendous and app... - Bates College View Entire Review
I gained an enormous sense of independence, curiosity, appreciation for different ways of life, reflection on who I am as a person and who I want to be, appreciation for beauty, optimism, and amazing friends! It was 100% worthwhile. - Pomona College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained much more independence and confidence in myself and my ability to travel. I also gained another perspective and learned a lot from the Greek people I interacted with. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
December 28, 2023 Experience Of A Lifetime
This semester in Athens offered to me through CYA was the opportunity of a lifetime. Everyone at CYA from the faculty, admin, and support staff to the students are all so wonderful and happy to have you around. They are always willing to share a smile and help you with anything you need. The academics could have an appropriate c... - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
December 25, 2023 Growing Experience
I learned a lot about myself as a traveller, partner, and person. I think it was worthwhile because I was able to do so much things I never would have done without the program. - University of Southern California View Entire Review
December 19, 2023 Best Semester Ever!
I gained SO much from this experience. I really felt like I met my best friends in this program. I got to travel to so many places throughout Greece, and I truly believe it's the most beautiful country in the world! The locals were sop friendly and welcoming. And the courses were also very engaging, and classes were fun! Pangrat... - George Washington University View Entire Review
I gained more knowledge of the Greek culture and language, learned how to live abroad and in a city, got to travel to other countries with friends, and even learned to travel solo. I got to try new food from Greece and other countries as well. - Siena College View Entire Review
CYA is an amazing way to experience a new culture, society, and way of living. The program is extremely well designed, with numerous field trips allowing for a truly immersive, educational experience. The professors were helpful and all the other students were eager to be there. The - Willamette University View Entire Review
September 11, 2023 Life Changing
I studied abroad with CYA this past summer, and I have no bad things to say about it. I took the Contemporary Art around the Greek Islands, a travel intensive course. The course material and travel itineraries were always very well prepared and scheduled. We were always given breakfast even when we were not at the main academic ... - Princeton University View Entire Review
I got hands-on experience in the field which was something you just can't get in the states. You work with real ancient greek history, its an experience you can't find anywhere else. - Saint Michael's College View Entire Review
I gained more independence and learned how to adapt to a new location. It was worthwhile due to the friends that I made and fun travel experiences. - Cornell University View Entire Review
May 26, 2023 Amazing
I learned a lot about soceity, people, and life outside of America - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned most about other people and myself. It really opened me up to other experiences. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about both ancient and contemporary Greek, and Europe in general, history. I learned how to integrate into a different culture and to appreciate the differences in life style. I also made some life long friends. - Reed College View Entire Review
January 04, 2024 Best Time Ever
I gained a sense of independence. I made myself uncomfortable so that I could achieve the ability to find ways to make myself comfortable. I think this experience showed me a lot about who I am. I would 100% do it again if I could. - DePaul University View Entire Review
I wouldn’t trade my semester at CYA for anything. The academic classes were engaging and integrative, and the friendships I made have been long-lasting. I would recommend this program to any student looking for an immersive and enriching study abroad experience in a beautiful country. - Columbia University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and the ways I can thrive in environments unfamiliar to me. In addition to everything I learned in class, I learned more from the friends I made and being in the city. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
December 23, 2023 Can't Wait To Go Back!
It was absolutely worthwhile! I gained connections in Athens and internationally which I believe will help me with my future career. I also grew personally and became more independent and more understanding of different cultures and people. - Butler University View Entire Review
December 12, 2023 Best Experience Abroad!
I gained an awareness of Greek culture, made mistakes along the way (transportation, money, language, etc), and I made lifelong travel friends. I got all I wanted out of this experience and got to truly know Greece in a special way! - Valparaiso University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how other people live their lives. Specifically, I learned how simple and slow paced people live their lives. I also learned how to be more independent and engage with new people. It was for sure worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 15, 2023 Time Of My Life
I met so many people from different universities around the country that I still keep in touch with and I learned a lot about Greece and Europe - University of Southern California View Entire Review
September 08, 2023 Study Abroad With Cya
I gained more independence and a broader outlook on the world, I learned about European politics, I made lasting friendships - George Washington University View Entire Review
August 10, 2023 Summer Of A Lifetime!
I gained skills in cross-cultural communication, knowledge about Greek history and culture, and most importantly, made lifelong friends. - University of Virginia View Entire Review
June 27, 2023 Such A Great Time
Being thrown into such a foreign experience you are forced into positions that may not be the most comfortable but that helped me to learn more about myself. 100% was worthwhile. - DePaul University View Entire Review


CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 60 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. Athens, a European capital, is a vibrant city rich in history, 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. A strong emphasis is placed on both contemporary and ancient studies, focusing on European and East Mediterranean Area Studies. Courses are taught in English, but language courses (Modern and Ancient Greek, Latin) are also available. Classroom lectures are complemented by volunteer/internship opportunities, onsite courses and field study to major historic and contemporary sites in Athens and to various parts of Greece (included in tuition).

In addition to the academic program, CYA encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities and explore the Greek culture and life independently on weekends. Our ultimate goal is for students to 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):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Latin Language, Literature
  • Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Global Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Business
  • History
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CYA (College Year in Athens) Scholarships

The CYA Board of Trustees has set aside funds for supplemental scholarships for academically qualified students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships for students applying for a semester or academic year are customarily awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to approximately half the amount of tuition. These scholarships are intended as credit against CYA fees and should not be used to reduce the financial aid package awarded through the home institution. Since CYA scholarships are given as an adjustment in the program fees, rather than as funds received by the student, they may cause a reduction of the student's demonstrated need. Often this means that a scholarship from CYA would not be beneficial because it would cause an equivalent reduction in the amount of financial aid awarded by the applicant's home school.


*For consideration in the primary allotment of CYA scholarship aid (fall and spring semesters), complete applications should be received by April 1. Late fall application should send their paperwork in as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis. Late spring application should send their papework in by October 30. Their applications will be reviewed at the beginning of November. Late spring application will be reviewed thereafter on a rolling basis.

Only students who have been accepted to College Year in Athens for a semester or academic year will be considered for an award