An All-American Experience for Classics Majors January 17, 2020

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that playing it safe can decrease the rate of returns on investment of your time.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt perfectly safe, I walked across the city alone in the middle of the night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

The program lacked the best parts of an american university experience (campus community, support systems, robust student life) while also lacking the best parts of a study abroad experience (cultural integration, intensive language learning, connection with community). If you want to live in Athens with other Americans and take a few courses while going to the islands on the weekends, perfect program for you.


* 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)

If you cook your own meals, 100 USD a week is enough to eat full meals, have snacks, and go to cafes a few times.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to the farmer's market. Seriously. You will save so much money. They also sell clothes there if you're into thrift shopping!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? You have to interact with locals to use the language. People are more than happy to talk to you everywhere you go.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the location
  • safety of women in the country
* What could be improved?
  • Having mental health services.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? CYA is specifically designed for Classics majors.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.