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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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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
I learned how to be more independent and how to deal with personal disagreements with those around me. The travel on weekends made it worth it alone. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 07, 2022 Trip Of A Lifetime!
I loved Greece, and specifically living in Pangrati. I genuinely miss the food, culture, and the people. The sense of community I had while in Greece was unlike any other and I can't wait to return. I learned how to be more independent and comfortable with myself by being abroad. - Lafayette College View Entire Review
I learned so much about excuvating and the process of it. I loved the trip. - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about travel writing and had a lot of personal growth as well so it was definitely worth it. - Pomona College View Entire Review
I learned to be more independent, and better budgeting skills. - Brandeis University 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 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
I learned a lot about the origins of democracy and the local culture in Athens. It was definitely worthwhile. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
The knowledge I gained and the people I met expanded my view of the world tenfold. Had I not studied abroad, the entire treasure trove of rich archaeological, social, and cultural history that is Greece would remain hidden from me. - Harvard University View Entire Review
September 05, 2022 Fantastic Experience!
Of all the things I learned during my time in Greece, I think the most important was how to look at my own life in the U.S. from an international perspective. Seeing the culture of another place made it a lot clearer what aspects of life in the U.S. were more culturally entrenched than I had previously thought, and it's motivate... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
September 01, 2022 Great Experience
Definitely worthwhile. Cultural exposure - Grinnell College View Entire Review
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


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