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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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
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
February 04, 2018 Go Greek!
I gained a whole new perspective! - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
December 20, 2017 An Eventful Semester
I made amazing American and Greek friends, got see so many incredible places in Greece and in other European countries, gained a better understanding of Athenian and Greek culture and history, while learning more about myself and experiencing personal growth. - Tulane University View Entire Review
Study abroad was an opportunity for me to meet new people, and add on another layer to my University experience. It was an opportunity that I was not going to miss; there are not many times in your life where you are offered a chance to go abroad to study. The best part about studying abroad was attempting to make such a foreign... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile!! I gained knowledge of a different culture, knowledge of myself, and confidence in myself. I learned more about the history of Greece and how its lasting effects on the world today. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
August 19, 2017 Summer Of Smiles
I learned so much about the Bronze Age, but also about myself. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 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
March 02, 2018 My Cya Experience
It was so worthwhile! I gained amazing friendships. I matured a lot by being on my own in a foreign place. I learned how to compromise and to go with the flow through living with strangers and dealing with things beyond my control, such as lack of transportation from political demonstrations. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
January 12, 2018 Amazing
I learned what it means to be a global citizen and it was more than worth it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
December 08, 2017 A Well Rounded Experience
I learned how to live on my own and not be intimidated. It was definitely worthwhile. - Pomona College View Entire Review
I think it was one of the best years of my life. I made lifelong friends from the program and a lifelong love for the country. Feels like a second home and I can't wait to go back! - Emory University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
I learned a great deal academically from the course itself, but also how to adjust to living in a foreign country, how to become accustomed to the local culture and cuisine, and how to travel light! I gained new friends and knowledge about Greece I won't soon forget. It was more than worthwhile, I'll never forget this experience... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 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 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
Year Founded:
1962
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