Did Not Want It to End! Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 01/03/2020 to 04/24/2020 with

CYA (College Year in Athens): Winter/J-Term Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I undeniably gained a sense of global awareness from this class, and as an Urban Studies major I got out of the experience of being immersed in Athens, a fascinatingly ancient yet modern European city, for three weeks.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Learning is this class was much more experiential that what you typically find in a class, and I found it to be much more meaningful. The workload was very manageable. Assignments often required going out in the city on one's own, and they were fun so they didn't feel like a lot of work. The professor was extremely engaging, and I always found our discussions really interesting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

CYA staff are extremely welcoming and helpful, and were more than willing to help me with any difficulties that arose.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I found student housing at CYA to be very ideal. Students are spread out over the neighborhood of Pangrati in apartment buildings with Greek families. However, all CYA apartments are no more than a 10 minute walk from the CYA Academic Building (mine was just 2 minutes away), and about 20 minutes from the Acropolis. The location of student housing is very central in the city, and just about anything you could want to do or see is a walking distance away. Pangrati is a fun and exciting neighborhood to live in with its many restaurants, cafes, and bars.

* Food:

Athens is definitely a city for foodies. Greek food is incredible, and nothing like Greek food in the US! I completely fell in love with the food culture in Greece, with its taverna dinners that last for hours and many times end in Greek dancing. It is also incredibly easy to eat for cheap in Athens, as you can usually find gyro or souvlaki on just about any street for around 2 euros.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Aimee's class did a very good job of introducing us to both Greek and Athenian culture, and she was more than willing to answer any questions we had and explain any instances of culture shock we experienced, which I found to be extremely helpful. If you are staying for the following semester, this is the perfect class to take to get acclimated beforehand. The experiences and knowledge I gained during this class really framed the rest of the semester and enhanced my study abroad experience.

* 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

I would definitely choose this same program and class had I chance to do it over again. I got a lot out of this class - getting to learn about Athens from walking around with a local, being fully immersed in a new culture, learning about how space is used in the city by experiencing it firsthand with a cultural anthropologist. I got to see a lot of different parts of Athens that I wouldn't have experienced on my own during the semester had I not taken this class beforehand.


* 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? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Experiential Learning Component
  • Professor
  • Small Class Size
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Being thrown into a new culture can at times be uncomfortable and confusing, but the best way to acclimate is to continuously immerse yourself in it and make an effort to learn the local ways. Ultimately, it is a very rewarding experience.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Anthropology of the City: Exploring Modern Athens

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Dr. Aimee Placas
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Classes rarely took place in the physical classroom - instead CYA took full advantage of its convenient location in the heart of the city and sent us out with our professor to explore it. We analyzed different spaces all over the city from neighborhood farmers markets and shopping malls, to street art in political neighborhoods and even Greek nightlife in one of Athens’ party districts. Aimee is an extremely engaging professor, and I found myself participating more than I usually do in classes, simply because I was always interested. She is very knowledgeable on a variety of topics, and I learned a lot about Athens from her. Assessments were in the form of 4 papers throughout the course, and they were fun and interesting assignments that required us to immerse ourselves in the city.
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