Fantastic Semester in Greece December 28, 2020

By (University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 09/21/2020 to 12/19/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much from living in Greece. I immersed myself in the local culture, traveled around Greece, and even hiked up Mount Olympus. I had a fantastic time.

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.

The classes were very interesting and the professors were so welcoming and helpful. With on-site classes that take you into the museums and archaeological sites, you truly have a hands-on experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The faculty and staff are incredible. They will help you out with anything you need. They are always accessible, and they work around the clock to provide us with the best possible experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartments were spacious and within walking distance of all the major attractions in Athens.

* Food:

The food was delicious. Chef Meni prepared us incredible lunches every day and introduced us to classic Greek dishes. Definitely check out the tavernas and local cafes for a taste of Greece!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone I met in Greece was so kind, and I loved learning about 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


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Field Studies in Greece
  • Exploring Athens
  • The people!
* What could be improved?
  • We were a smaller group, so there weren't as many class options as usual during my semester.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I gained a greater sense of independence and perspective of different cultures.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!