College class on the beach! September 05, 2022

By (Environmental Studies, George Washington University) - abroad from 05/23/2022 to 06/18/2022 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 about excuvating and the process of it. I loved the trip.

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.

It was a very manageable class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were amazing! Our trip would not have run as smoothly as it did without Spiros!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was simple but very beautiful. I found that I was only in my room to sleep so just a mattress would have done the job but the housing was great!

* Food:

The food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Always felt safe.

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

I loved the trip.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent around 20-30 a day, but some days I spent nothing
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the work we were doing
  • People
  • food
* What could be improved?
  • N.A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N.A

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'