Shaped me as a person April 15, 2020

By (Oberlin College) - abroad from 01/21/2020 to 05/15/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I experienced so much joy and a new found sense of independence while studying in Greece. My experience was cut short due to COVID-19, yet it was still truly a transformative once in a lifetime opportunity I will never forget.

Personal Information

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

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

Studying abroad in Greece is amazing in it of itself. However, studying with College Year in Athens brings it to a whole other level. The faculty and staff truly care about their students like no other academic institution. The program is self contained (not connected to another university in Athens) which makes the atmosphere that much more personal and family-like, and they do teach in English (most people in Greece can speak English). Through studying with CYA I came to understand what the phrase “welcoming you with open arms” is truly all about…there’s nothing like Greek hospitality! The academic schedule allows for an excellent balance of time for adventuring on your own or with your new friends. As a female, I can say I never felt scared or threatened wandering through the streets of Athens on my own, day or night. Greece is a relatively affordable country to live in for the semester which makes traveling within the country that much more accessible. Although being located in Europe makes traveling to other countries easy access, there is soooo much to do in Greece — there are more historical sites and islands to visit than you will have time for! The food, the architecture, the history, the culture, the people, even the amazing weather, why wouldn’t you want to study in Athens, Greece with CYA!


* 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)


* 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people and culture
  • Freedom to explore
* What could be improved?
  • Space availability in the dining hall
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I truly did not need as many clothes as I had brought. They say to pack lightly, which is something I'm usually very good at but I got so excited, I wanted to be prepared for many different atmospheres and I packed too much!

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.