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

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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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OVERALL RATING 4.6
Based on 61 Reviews
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CYA gives you so many opportunities. I was able to volunteer, go on trips around Greece, go on trips out of Greece, take field trips with my classes, and experience real Greek traditions. There is so much offered by CYA, and they truly make sure that you are having the time of your life. - Emory University View Entire Review
It taught me to think more critically about power and governement - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
January 28, 2020 Amazing Experience
I learned how to travel on my own and be very independent. This experience was very worthwhile and I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants to experience a new culture. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
October 28, 2019 Will Be Back Soon
Learned to live more independently, had a more holistic learning experience - Cornell University View Entire Review
August 21, 2019 Wonderful Experience
Studying abroad develops what our colleges have taught us in the classroom, by giving us the opportunity to build on our academic skills in the real world and grow personally along the way. It was the most exciting experience of my eduction so far and I would recommend studying abroad and CYA to anyone! - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
August 12, 2019 Amazing Experience!
I learned a lot about the cultural differences between America and other countries. It was definitely worth it. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
August 07, 2019 Amazing Experience!
It was definitely a worthwhile experience - I became much more independent and learned how to plan and manage things on my own! - Rhodes College View Entire Review
I learned that studying abroad is what you make it. The bonds and memories you make are entirely up to you and it is important to challenge yourself to make the most of such an incredibly unique opportunity. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
I learned more about myself and about art and about greece! all sounds obvious but honestly it was truly awesome - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile, I was able to learn a lot about myself and also living on my own in a place that I didn't know. It instilled a lot of confidence in me about my own life navigation skills. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
June 06, 2019 Cya Spring 2019
I learned so much about Greece, Greek History, culture, food, etc. I cannot overestimate how amazing Athens is and how helpful CYA is to experiencing life here. - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review
Independence, interacting with people of different cultural backgrounds, making new friends even with language barriers, etc. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
Learned about Greece and history and it was absolutely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
CYA was the perfect balance of engaging academics and connection to place. Having the freedom to do other things than study gave me a chance to look inward at who I wanted to be, which is not something very many busy college students have the chance to do. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program
February 26, 2020 Go To Greece, Not Cya
I loved being in Athens, having wonderful people and amazing food all the time was wonderful. It made me want to move to Athens and keep learning Greek and having a great time! - Tulane University View Entire Review
I learned that playing it safe can decrease the rate of returns on investment of your time. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much about the Bible, early Christianity, and ancient Greece. Also, being abroad without my parents gave me so much self-confidence for traveling in the future! - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
August 18, 2019 A Greek Odyssey
I learned about Greek heritage and was able to travel to the islands of Rhodes and Crete. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
This experience really taught me about history and connected me with a close group of individuals. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
My class (ARTH 356, a course on Greek Heritage) was taught by an amazing professor, our class excursions were immersive, and the friendships I built will last a lifetime! This study abroad was absolutely worthwhile, I'd do it over again in a heart beat! - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
Learned how to be independent, how to adapt, how to quickly observe other cultures, how to communicate without language, and so much more. It may be one of the most valuable experiences in my educational career - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I learned more about being independent, I learned about a new culture which in itself taught me so many things, like how to not be obsessed with productivity and how to appreciate the moment. My classes taught me about Greek and Byzantine art, business ethics and philosophy etc. I feel super enriched. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 10, 2019 Enamored By Athens
I learned about the immigration crisis and the toll it has taken on that area of the world, which is knowledge that is meaningful and useful for my career path. I gained experience traveling and holding my own in various countries, along with gaining a very much increased sense of independence and self-assuredness after living i... - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
It was worthwhile in that living in another country and culture can help you think about your own worldview. And I love Greece! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a variety of things from my time abroad including many things about Greek culture, how to live in a city, balancing school with travel, etc. My abroad experience was SO worth it. - Wheaton College, MA 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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