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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 onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to act... read more

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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
My semester at CYA has provided me with such amazing opportunities and friendships that I will hold onto forever. Not only have I developed a newfound appreciation for Greece and Greek culture, but I have learned so much about my strengths as an individual as I navigated my way through new experiences. Not only did I grow as a p... - Tufts University View Entire Review
March 22, 2023 A Great Experience!
I learned a great deal about the Greek language and culture and that Greece is so much more than its islands! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I leanred alot. But mainly I learned to not be afraid and to go out and try new things. You can only learn and grow from yesterday. Yes, it was defintely worthwhile. - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
I gained more independence, cooking skills, social skills and knowledge in my field of study. I think it was absolutely worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
December 31, 2022 Unforgettable Adventure
Being abroad taught me fully that there are so many other ways to live life other than the traditional American mode we are socialized into from birth. It is one thing to read about other cultures online or in a book; it is a completely different thing to live those cultures for yourself. So, I would say it was absolutely worthw... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Living in Greece taught me that there are so many ways to live. In contrast to my experience in the United States, the work/life balance and slower pace of Grecian life reminded me that I have a choice in the life I create for myself. It also gave me a greater understanding of people all over the world. - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I would say collectively the most important thing I learned while I was abroad is to always push your comfort zones when you are given the opportunities. Doing this in Greece allowed me to deepen my understanding of things I already loved and expand my scope to new interests and passions. - Colby College View Entire Review
September 29, 2022 Great Time
I had a great time with CYA Athens! Met a lot of people from all over the world and even learned a little bit of Greek. I felt immersed in the culture as I got my daily coffee or saw my favorite waiter for dinner. The professors made you feel welcome and all the staff was willing to help and take the extra mile to help you. A tr... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 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
It was incredible- it allows you to learn how people live outside of your bubble. It helps you understand other societies and civilizations and the ways in which other societies function in at times more efficient and more ethical manners than you have observed. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
Lots of friends and confidence in myself and my ability to travel. Definitely worthwhile. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
CYA is an excellent program. I came into it expecting to learn certain things about myself, and it wasn't until I left that I realized that I had gained even more than that. The academics here are great, especially for an aspiring classicist or historian. The city is filled with so much to do at a generally affordable rate- with... - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about greek history. It was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
December 29, 2022 Best Semester Of My Life
The classes and professors were excellent. The administrators took a personal interest in students and helped us with our needs. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
November 11, 2022 Once In A Lifetime
I learned so much- and that you are capable of more than you think. That people/ strangers are so kind. - Vassar College View Entire Review
I gained valuable career experience, meaningful relationships, and a new outlook on life. It was worthwhile. - University of Southern California View Entire Review


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 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