Unforgettable learning at its best August 12, 2019

By (Fairfield University) - abroad from 05/27/2019 to 06/22/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience really taught me about history and connected me with a close group of individuals.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The library is fully staffed and the professors knows what they're doing. I learned a lot form the many trips we took into the city of Athens and to the various sites.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CYA staff is great and the friendliest people you will ever meet. One of the staff, Alex, was the most helpful and down to earth individual who helped us a lot. The program staff is good at planning events and trips that compliment each class.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangements were within reach of each other and the class. They were very clean and the AC is a huge plus.

* Food:

Greek food is amazing! Each region has their own specialty. You will need at least a month to try everything!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

CYA offers a lot for fans of history and for those just looking to study abroad. This is unique and different from say the generic Italy study abroad and I would recommend always!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

You can definitely choose to budget yourself. All the trips are included in the tuition price, but it was the food that really damaged my money. There are plenty of inexpensive options, but we personally choose to enjoy the food.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take advantage of the free lunch by CYA. Helps a lot!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • People/Staff
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Professors
  • Cafeteria Food
  • Security
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring a camera to take photos!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.