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

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  • Location(s): Athens, Greece
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Gap Year

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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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OVERALL RATING 4.6
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1000% worthwhile. Learned so much about myself and grew so much by experiencing new cultures, languages, people, etc. Traveled every weekend of my four months abroad except for 3. SO fun, met people who I consider some of my closest friends. Incredible incredible time abroad and I only wish that every single person on this plane... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I was able to become more independent and experience so many amazing things! I saw lots of amazing places and fell in love with living in Athens. - Emory University View Entire Review
I learned true independence as the insurer of my own well being and explored a culture so different from my own. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Spending my first semester as a college student abroad was incredibly worth it! I made incredible memories, saw so many historical/beautiful nature sites, and was able to explore so much independently. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I am so, so glad that I chose to go abroad with CYA. I got the academics that I needed while still having the time and support to explore Greece both with the program and on my own time. The apartments are in a great location -- you can walk to the Parthenon! -- and you get opportunities to meet your Greek neighbors, too. The fa... - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned about the sights and culture of another country, and also gained a lot of independence. Yes it was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about European history which I was not aware of before-hand, and it was interesting to see the way that the things we would learn in class (such as my sociology class or immigration class) could be applied to the daily life in Greece. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Everybody in the program is on the same boat, don't be shy or sacred, we are all on the same boat. Try to make friends with locals you see everyday. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2022 Memorable
I learned lots of independence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be much more independent and also learned how much joy I get from immersing myself in different cultures. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
From this program I gained a great sense of autonomy and empowerment in my abilities to be independent. I learned a lot about myself and my personal habits/preferences outside of my life back at home. I also learned the necessity to find a balance work and play, which sounds cliche but is true. With that new sense of independenc... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a really deep understanding of Greece and saw some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I went wanting to learn how to become independent and to some degree I gained that but I would say that the bond I formed with my Wellesley group and with professors was definitely a highlight. I gained really good understand... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own in a city that was foreign to me. I learned how to live my life boldly. - Amherst College View Entire Review
Studying abroad, you gain a new sense of independence and confidence I didn't feel as much in college. It was worthwhile and helps shape character - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to be patient and relax, working on time management and pacing myself. I also learned a lot about Greek society as a whole in comparison to things in the US, and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I loved Athens and I didn't want it to end! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 09, 2022 Choose Athens!
I learned so much about the perspective of world history, and for the first time from and Eastern, rather than Western perspective. I have a much better understanding of what formed the world we experience today. On a personal level, I also learned how to explore, be curious, and live life to the fullest. I made lifelong fri... - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
I learned much about Greek history and archaeology, which is not something I have been exposed to in detail before. I also learned about taking care of oneself in a foreign country and learning to live in the moment. This was certainly a worthwhile experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned how to be independent and adapt to a changing environment. Studying abroad is a way to explore who you are and test and improve your capabilities to be flexible in an environment different from the one you are used to. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 17, 2022 Eye Opening
I learned more about myself and I what I need to work on when it comes to professional skills and I learned a lot about a culture that I wasn’t initially familiar with. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own and navigate an unfamiliar environment without the stability of family or a university to lean on. While I had help and support, it was up to me to figure out how to live in Athens. Studying abroad was definitely worth it. I had so many experiences that I'll never get to do again and met so many a... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained some language skills and I feel more comfortable exploring the city and just generally getting by on my own. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2022 Broaden Your Skill Base
How to deal with roommates and city life - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 05, 2022 A Great Time In Greece
Being abroad gave me a new sense and love of independence. The fear of putting yourself out there is totally worth the benefits of operating around a city and a program on your own. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
January 05, 2022 Fantastic!
I learned how I behave as a student and as a Roomate. I learned about other cultures and classes I enjoy. It was all very worthwhile as I feel like I am coming into the next semester well prepared and that I know myself better! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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December 22, 2021 Exceeded My Expectations
It was very much worthwhile. I loved every second of the experience. I gained independence in a way I hadn't experienced it before - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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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 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
Gap Year
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
Year Founded:
1962
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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.

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Deadlines:
*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.

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

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