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

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  • Location(s): Athens, Greece
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Gap Year

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CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for nearly 60 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to act... read more

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I learned a lot in my classes that will be useful for my major. I gained a lot of good friends and experiences. I do think it was worthwhile because I did experience so much, good and bad. I would pick a different program in the end for better support, but I wouldn't pick different peers or country. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was more than worthwhile. I cannot explain it in words. It was one of the best experiences of my life. If i could have stayed for year, I definitely would have stayed. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Being abroad broadened my perspective of people and cultures. It was nice to be out of the Christian bubble and interact with people who don't always agree with you. Saw and learned much - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
I really just learned so much, I loved the hands-on experiences at the sites. - DePauw University View Entire Review
Yes. Great opportunity to learn more about the world and your place in it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
- Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
I wish that my expectations of the students had matched reality. The program itself was very good and rewarding, but the students and their behavior detracted from my experience. I definitely feel like my time in Athens and Greece was worthwhile and I learned a lot and got to do and see things that have changed my life, but I wa... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Best thing I've done in college. Hands down. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Absolutely! My only regret is not staying longer. I am a better human and a better American for going abroad. I learned about family and hospitality from the Greeks. As bad as things are over there, the warmth they something they don't lack. I highly recommend this program. GO CYA!! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I gained more of an understanding of Greek culture. - Tulane University View Entire Review
Any hassle experienced in any study abroad is worth it for the experience. There has not been a day that I have regretted the decision to go. It was everything you hope for and dream for. There are pitfalls with any traveling experience but the rewards and gains from these experiences are carried with you throughout your whole l... - Georgia College & State University View Entire Review
Great term. I got to meet a lot of people from all over. That was one of the strengths of the program: pulled people from a wide range of universities across the country. Being independent in a foreign city is a great feeling. I saw some incredible sites and learned a lot of interesting history. - Union College (Schenectady, NY) View Entire Review
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Studying abroad was scary, frustrating, exhausting, and totally worth it. I feel like I can travel anywhere now! - Tufts University View Entire Review
Yes - Tulane University View Entire Review
I would do this again in a heartbeat. It was eye-opening to move to such a different culture, and I grew a lot from this experience. All the financial and political turmoil Greece is currently going through gave me a new perspective on my own culture and how the US fits into global politics. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Yes, I learned a lot about a part of the world I was not very familiar with and had a good time. I liked Greece but I love other places that I've been more. But my time away was well spent! - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Past Review Athens Abroad
Absolutely. It completely changed my academic plans: I was wavering between the future path of my double major, but after my courses and living in the actual world that I was learning about, I was able to make a decision for Anthropology and the fact that I want to live abroad as an adult. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Most definitely, hands down, the most worthwhile investment I ever made. - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review
YES it was worth it. I made sure of it. I loved Athens and I am extremely passionate about classical studies. I was just disappointed that College Year in Athens was not there to help me on my journey. It was poorly run and organized. But I had an incredible time. I want Tulane students to go to Athens but perhaps there are diff... - Tulane University View Entire Review
Absolutely. Everything is worthwhile. One should learn from everything, and I certainly learned from this. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with College Year in Athens: Athens - CYA
Past Review
My study abroad experience was fantastic. I absolutely loved it and I am so glad I decided to go to Greece. I'm a classics major so it was really rewarding to go to Athens, where so many things happened in the classical world. Every day I saw the Acropolis from my school and that made it even more breath taking. This is my 3rd... - Austin College View Entire Review
Past Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I made many great friends from all different backgrounds (two of my best friends were a biochem major and a finance major). I almost feel as if I am an honorary Greek. I learned the importance of taking time to smell the flowers, essentially, and that Greeks do what they want... - Barnard College View Entire Review
I'm glad I did it and would do it again, even though I missed my home institution greatly. I made amazing friends and had so many different interactions with different cultures that I would never have met otherwise. I have more confidence in myself and in different situations. - Tulane University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was completely worthwhile. I got to finally see basically my homeland and the culture I had always been brought up in from the inside. It was spectacular to see all the things that Greece has to offer and to learn about history basically where it happened (the school literally sits adjacent to the st... - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself -I feel like I've matured and now look a life differently. It is very rewarding to know that you can live independently in a foreign country successfully. I learned to not stress about things. I feel very cultured now and loved the traveling experience. - Tulane University View Entire Review


CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for nearly 60 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to actively engage with their course material. Students live in apartments in downtown Athens and will be inspired to immerse themselves in the environment and expand their worldview. Athens, a European capital, is a vibrant city rich in history, a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.

The CYA curriculum comprises a diverse set of courses taught by expert faculty. A strong emphasis is placed on both contemporary and ancient studies, focusing on European and East Mediterranean Area Studies. Courses are taught in English, but language courses (Modern and Ancient Greek, Latin)
are also available. Classroom lectures are complemented by volunteer/internship opportunities, onsite courses and field study to major historic and contemporary sites in Athens and to various parts of Greece (included in tuition).

In addition to the academic program, CYA encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities and explore the Greek culture and life independently on weekends. Our ultimate goal is for students to return home academically empowered, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to furthering international and intercultural understanding.

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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Archeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Latin Language, Literature
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
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CYA (College Year in Athens) Scholarships

The CYA Board of Trustees has set aside funds for supplemental scholarships for academically qualified students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships for students applying for a semester or academic year are customarily awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to approximately half the amount of tuition. These scholarships are intended as credit against CYA fees and should not be used to reduce the financial aid package awarded through the home institution. Since CYA scholarships are given as an adjustment in the program fees, rather than as funds received by the student, they may cause a reduction of the student's demonstrated need. Often this means that a scholarship from CYA would not be beneficial because it would cause an equivalent reduction in the amount of financial aid awarded by the applicant's home school.


*For consideration in the primary allotment of CYA scholarship aid (fall and spring semesters), complete applications should be received by April 1. Late fall application should send their paperwork in as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis. Late spring application should send their papework in by October 30. Their applications will be reviewed at the beginning of November. Late spring application will be reviewed thereafter on a rolling basis.

Only students who have been accepted to College Year in Athens for a semester or academic year will be considered for an award


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