CYA (College Year in Athens): Gap Year Program

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

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CYA is now offering two opportunities for Gap Year students for Fall 2021: those who are passionate about antiquity will benefit from the "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" whereas there is "Understanding A... read more

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CYA is now offering two opportunities for Gap Year students for Fall 2021: those who are passionate about antiquity will benefit from the "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" whereas there is "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece" for students interested in learning more about those issues. Programs ideal for high school graduates (over 18 years old) who want to take a break before college/university in order to engage in educational, cultural, and physical activities on subjects of interest to them - an exceptional way to enrich academic and life experiences. 

The “Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies” is a unique 10-week program that explores the relationship between ancient Greek and modern-day practices via hands-on, experiential learning. It makes evident the involvement of many disciplines in the understanding and interpretation of our past. Through active participation in an archaeological dig in the Athenian seaside suburb of Voula, you will be introduced to the astonishing world of archaeological fieldwork. The next component of this experiential learning will cover lab-work as an opportunity to introduce you to methods of interpretation of the material culture brought to light during the excavation. This will include artifact processing and cataloging as well as artifact restoration and preservation.  The engagement with new technologies in archaeological research will provide a basic theoretical knowledge on the state of the art in digital archaeology, including GIS, remote-sensing technologies, tablet-based field recording, data management, and the usefulness of giving you real-world digital skills. The experience will prepare you for the challenges of a rapidly changing field and a rapidly changing world. The skills acquired can also be used in a number of other fields from computer science to fine arts.

The “Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece” a new 10-week GAP Year program in Greece! To all those who are interested in exploring a new culture, while learning more about activism, diversity, and equity issues, this is your opportunity to experience hands-on learning while you volunteer for a good cause.  The aim of this program is to facilitate a fuller understanding of positive social change and the ways that people make it happen, and a greater understanding of the social context of Greece. You will also learn how to keep an e-portfolio of your reflections, observations, interactive learning, theoretical knowledge, and involvement with your volunteer work, as a record of what you have learned and accomplished through this program.   

Both programs include trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview. Additionally, participants will learn how to create an e-portfolio, a key element in the documentation of work done by all students while studying, traveling, volunteering or interning, whether at home or abroad.

CYA, recognizing the difficult times that COVID-19 has created, has established the Fall 2021 Gap Flight Award. A student who will be accepted in the Fall 2021 Gap program, will receive $1,000 to offset the cost of the round-trip ticket to/from Athens, Greece.

Program Dates: Sep 16 - Nov 23, 202121

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Year Founded:
1962
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