• Greece
    • Athens
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Tuition: $16,800
Room: $3,900
Board: $1,150

Need-based scholarships available! For more info, please visit our website.

*Full-year students receive a 25% reduction on tuition for the second semester and are permitted to stay in CYA housing, at no extra charge, during the interval between semesters.

*Students from public universities in the United States and Canada will receive an automatic scholarship of $3,000 per semester.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Entrance fees to sites and museums visited, supplemental hospitalization insurance, International Student ID Card (ISIC), official transcript sent to the home institution.

What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals SIM cards Visa
Mar 02, 2022
May 10, 2022
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About Program

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 study-travel and volunteer/internship 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 rich in history but also a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.

The CYA curriculum consists of academically rigorous courses taught by expert faculty. Course offerings encompass a range of academic disciplines and are taught in English. Optional language courses are available (Modern & Ancient Greek, Latin). Each semester, classroom lectures are complemented by onsite courses and field study to major historic and contemporary sites around Greece.

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Program Highlights

  • Onsite classes and study-travel incorporated into program.
  • Exciting courses in a range of disciplines.
  • Hands-on volunteer and internship opportunities.
  • Personalized attention from faculty and support staff.
  • Opportunity to learn Modern Greek.

Program Reviews

9.66 Rating
based on 83 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 96.39%
  • 7-8 rating 3.61%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.4
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Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable experience!

Studying abroad with CYA was the perfect decision. I was able to explore so many places in Athens and Greece, both in an academic context and for fun. All of my classes were very interesting, especially as a Classics major, but there are a wide variety of courses offered. I loved living in the neighbourhood of Pangrati and it was so easy to get other places in Athens. I made some really good friends, especially my roommates. The country is very affordable, I loved the food and I will miss it a lot!

  • Amazing food
  • Interesting classes
  • Finals heavy
  • Less community spaces
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If I could stay in Greece forever, I would!

Studying abroad through CYA was the best decision I ever made. I was able to meet so many people, whom I will be friends with for the rest of my life, and fall in love with a country and culture I knew nothing about aside from mythology and literature!

My professors were amazing and all of the staff I interacted with were super nice and helpful, and I couldn't recommend this program enough. The location is right in central Athens so there's plenty for you to do and ease of access to travel outside of the city--on your own or on the organized trips!

If you love to try new things or travel, Athens is the city to be in. I wish I didn't have to leave!

  • Great Professors
  • On site classes
  • Trips to other parts of Greece
  • Minimal interaction with locals
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CYA changed my life (for real)

Studying with CYA impacted me in countless ways. I learned so much about the history and culture of Greece and the country quickly began to feel like home to me. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel safe and comfortable while also challenging us to learn new things and experience all Athens has to offer. In general, Greece is the most beautiful country I have ever seen and I think everyone needs to visit at least once. I cannot recommend College Year in Athens enough to anyone looking for a fun semester abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Cherish. Every. Moment.

Time actually flies when you are having fun. Capitalize on each moment. Explore as much as possible and soak up all Athens has to offer everyday.
4 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi, Lauren! We're so happy to hear that CYA changed your life and that you were able to have a comfortable and challenging semester! Thanks for spending a semester with us, and encourage others to check out Greece and CYA!

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Love Everything About Athens!

I loved Athens! The study abroad program allowed me to meet some of the best people I now know and have given me some of the best memories. I loved the classes and being able to go to different sites for class. It was such a unique experience to be able to visit the historical sites that we talked about for the semester. It was amazing to be there in person and be able to tell people I visited the site, multiple times even! Being able to connect with the professors differently than I do in the US was refreshing. The professors at CYA were a lot of fun and engaging. They really cared about your academics while also making the classes fun and different compared to classes back home. The food in Greece is amazing as well, even if it just a gyro or souvlaki from across the street. I miss the food and the people I met. The night life was also a lot of fun and gave me a lot of things to do around the city.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take your time at places and don't rush. There is so much to see, you will get to it. Appreciate your time there and enjoy the little things.
6 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Sage, thanks for sharing your semester with us! It sounds like you really got to take advantage of everything Greece and CYA has to offer. We're glad that you were able to take your coursework out into Athens and connect with the material that you were learning about. Keep in contact with us and all the friends you made!

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Exceeded my Expectations

I loved my study abroad program, from the second I landed in Athens until the second I left. CYA offered the perfect balance between academic challenge and the opportunity to explore and immerse myself in the culture in Athens. My favorite part of the academics at CYA was the emphasis they put on learning outside of the classroom. With CYA I was able to see a lot of regions of Greece. From Athens, to Crete, to the Peloponnese, to even Mount Olympus.
My apartment and the academic center were in the heart of Athens, just a 5 minute walk away from the Marble Stadium and 15 minutes away from the main square, Syntagma. Other amazing places such as Monastiraki and the Parthenon were within walking distance. Public transportation was reliable for the most part and got you everywhere you needed to be in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
CYA was very helpful in connecting us with really cool extracurriculars so we were able to get even more involved and take advantage of amazing opportunities while abroad. I was CYAs media lab intern and I got to write about my experience and document it via photos and videos as well for current and future students.
I loved my semester abroad, I loved my peers and my classes and professors. I highly encourage anyone looking for a life-changing adventure to consider CYA for studying abroad.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Lots and lots of seafood! Especially octopus, small fried fish, and really fresh shrimp!
8 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Daniella, thanks for sharing your experience and your semester with us! We're so excited that you were able to take advantage of all of the extracurriculars that CYA offered you, and that you got to be a Media Lab Intern as well. Keep connected with us!

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Choose Athens!

I approached the study abroad decision process with an open mind, but I did not already have the "perfect place for me" in mind. I chose Greece because I was enticed by the prospects of beautiful landscapes and rich history. Athens will certainly provide these qualities, but studying in Greece provides so much beyond that. CYA introduced us to places around the country I would have never thought to visit like quaint mountain villages to the north or history-filled coastal cities in the Peloponnese. The professors are absolutely amazing, extremely knowledgeable, and structured the classes to allow us to combine what were learning outside the classroom with the course content. The CYA apartments are all located close to great coffee shops, restaurants, the center of Athens, and a 25 min walk to the Acropolis. Greece and CYA provide all the tools to make your study abroad experience truly life-changing.

7 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Molly! We're so happy to hear that you were able to take in all of what Greece has to offer and that CYA provided you an opportunity for a life-changing experience! Thanks for spending a semester with CYA!

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Junior Semester Abroad

I went abroad to Athens with CYA this past fall (2021) and it was truly the most wonderful experience of my life. I am a sociology major and although archaeology and classics are their specialties, I was able to engage in sociological research and take classes with two very qualified sociology professors. I am also interested in going into law and the program was able to match me up with a firm to do an English speaking internship this coming summer. The apartments were great, clean, and close to CYA and the field studies were incredible opportunities. My favorite field study was to Meteora, which is a group of monasteries that perch on rocks at cloud level. The views are otherworldly. For such a small country, Greece has so much to offer from Mountains with snowy peaks, to deserts and beautiful seascapes. Whether you choose to stay in Greece and explore the cyclades islands or to travel outside the country at some point, you will never run out of new and exciting experiences. Athens is a friendly city full of life with many free activities such as ice skating or a burger festival. The friendships you make here will be lifelong ones and the memories you make you will cherish forever. My only piece of advice is to be careful about not falling too deeply in love with Athens because you may never want to come back!

What was your funniest moment?
The many memories I created with my friends during our trips
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Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Zoe, thanks for sharing your experience with us! We're happy to hearing that you had unforgettable memories, and that you got the most out of your coursework in Greece. Thanks for sharing your semester abroad with CYA!

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Unforgettable and Amazing

Everything about my time at CYA was a complete dream. Going abroad was a nerve-racking experience, but CYA made it feel exciting and fulfilling from the get-go. The courses were fascinating and each one I took benefited directly from being in Athens, incorporating the museums and sites of the city into the course material. More than that, though, CYA helped me to have an unforgettable cultural experience in Greece. I was able to meet and speak to Athenian residents and learn about Greek culture from the inside. I felt truly immersed in Greek life, especially since the accommodations are right in the city. Even though I was there during the Pandemic, I wouldn't trade my experience for the world, and it was a time full of amazing people, sights, and stories. I can truly say that I got to experience Greece and that I am just as in love with it as I hoped.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most of your time in Greece! Yes, you're there to study, but you're also in a beautiful country full of rich history. Go to the museums and sites in Athens, travel to other parts of the country, and immerse yourself in the culture. It's a great place to broaden your horizons both academically and culturally.
11 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Emily, we're happy to hear that your time with CYA was an unforgettable experience. It sounds like you got a lot out of having Greece as your textbook!

Questions & Answers

Hello Nicole, thank you so much for your question! Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate students with emotional support animals. Our housing is in residential apartments, and the landlords do not allow animals. In addition, animals would not be able to travel with us during our mandatory field trips because they are not allowed on chartered buses and many hotels will not accommodate them.