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...
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)
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Studying abroad was scary, frustrating, exhausting, and totally worth it. I feel like I can travel anywhere now!
- Tufts University
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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
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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 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. Visit our website at this link, and see some of the pages below for a student perspective!
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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