Location
  • Greece
    • Athens
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Arts Business Classical Studies Communications Computer Science Economics Engineering Environmental Studies European Studies Gender Studies History Humanities International Business International Relations Liberal Arts Literature Medieval Studies Museum Studies Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Public Policy Religious Studies Service Learning Social Sciences Sociology Sustainable Development Theater Theology Women's Studies +25
Need-based funding, General grants/scholarships, 529 Plan eligibility
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
Tuition: $18,800
Room: $4,350
Board: $1,350

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
Jun 25, 2024
Jun 25, 2024
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About Program

CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 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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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Our page on diversity in contemporary Greek society gives a little more background on the local context regarding race and ethnicity. We would also be happy to put you in touch with a CYA alum of a similar background, so you have the chance to chat with another student about how the experience was for them.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Our page on diversity in contemporary Greek society gives a little more background on LGBTQIA+ issues in Greece. We would also be happy to put you in touch with an LGBTQIA+ CYA alum, so you have the chance to chat with another student about how the experience was for them.

Accessibility Support

CYA will work with both you and your home institution if you have disabilities or are alter-abled, and need accommodations as part of your study abroad with us. It is important to be in communication so that we can plan together, and ensure that your experience is a success. We would also be happy to put you in touch with a CYA alum, so you have the chance to chat with another student about how the experience was for them.

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 Dates

Application Deadline
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Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 127 reviews
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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.9
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Lilly
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ideal abroad experience!

CYA provided me with the best abroad experience I could have asked for. Throughout this program, I felt supported academically, emotionally, and culturally every step of the way. Any question I had about life in Greece, whether it be where to find the best souvlaki or what I should do if I need to see a doctor, were answered. As someone who had never lived in a city before, let alone one where I don't know the language or even the alphabet, I was very nervous about spending my time abroad in Athens. However, once I became familiar with College Year in Athens, I immediately felt more at ease. I'll never forget our first orientation meeting when the president of the program told us that if we need any help, they have it covered, and if we need someone to argue for us in Greek, they have that covered too. The respect that this program has for their students is unbeatable. The lengths that the administration goes to in order to assure that you have a safe, comfortable, educational, and fun time abroad is demonstrated every day. By studying through a smaller program made for American students, I was able to meet people my age going through a similar once in a lifetime opportunity, while also taking classes in English. CYA fosters a close-knit community that cultivates connections that will last far beyond the months you'll spend in Athens.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers on this program is to utilize every opportunity College Year in Athens offers. Though I don't have a background in classics, one of my favorite parts of CYA was our field study trips. Through these trips we were able to not only travel all across Greece, but see, first-hand, its ancient past and history. These trips also provide students with the opportunity to connect with one another and get to know each other outside the classroom. Alongside these trips, CYA offers many student affairs activities, which I was incredibly grateful for during my time there. Through activities like craft nights, Wednesday yoga, and tours of the best thrift shops in Athens, I was able to see more of the city and my classmates in a fun, relaxed, environment.
Pros
  • School provided trips
  • Acommodations close to school
  • Classes taught in English
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Lilly, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Greece and felt supported throughout the whole program. We hope you can come back and visit us soon!

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Anna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Country, Amazing Program

I had such a blast and met the greatest people thanks to this program. We were heavily supported by the program' administrators and thoroughly fell in love in Greece. The classes were interesting and very relevant to the atmosphere and history of Greece and Athens but weren't overwhelming. The program trips also made the information we were learning that more approachable. Athens itself is one of the most amazing cities I've ever been to. It was lively and fun, even in the winter because the weather was so warm. Highly highly recommend

3 people found this review helpful.
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Camryn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CYA: The Program that Truly Cares!

I truly cannot put into words how amazing my experience abroad was with College Year in Athens. First off, the city of Athens and the country of Greece are truly so welcoming and home to the most beautiful culture. I came to Athens for the weather and history, which are truly as amazing as anticipated, but what surprised me even more was the kindness of the Greek people. Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, both people and landscape wise, and I already miss it so dearly. I promise if you study abroad here you will fall in love with the city and country!

Athens has everything a study abroad student could ask for! The city has such an abundant history, populated by countless amazing museums and so many ruins you will lose count! The food is so delicious and extremely affordable. The nightlife is amazing and the Greeks certainly know how to have a good time! The city is so walkable, has amazing green spaces, and feels extremely safe. I went on runs alone during the evening occasionally and never felt unsafe because even on weekdays, people will be out well into the night at a taverna with their loved ones.

However, what made CYA stand out to me from other study abroad programs is the level of care that CYA staff have for the students in their program. Most US students who study abroad are students at a local university, which has its pros, but CYA being a program made FOR study abroad students provided a level of assistance and support that made this experience as amazing as possible. Moving across the world, especially as someone who hasn't traveled much outside the US, was extremely scary. CYA's staff made me feel safe and cared for right away, providing assistance at all times, even when I was sick during my spring break trip. Through mandatory field study trips across Greece and weekly optional activities hosted to expose students to Greek and Athenian culture, CYA makes clear its passion for making students as immersed in Greek culture as possible. These field study trips and activities were some of my best experiences from abroad and I truly cannot imagine being in any other study abroad program.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Making more of a personal effort to meet locals in the city and practice my Greek more!
Pros
  • The people! I met some of my favorite people in this program. Greek people are also so kind!
  • Athens. It is such a beautiful city and it instantly made me feel welcomed.
  • Affordability. As a student on a budget, it was great to live in such an affordable city!!
Cons
  • Since it is a program for only US students, you don't have as many opportunities to meet locals as students studying at local universities do. However, if you want to meet Greek people they are always out in the city and so easy to talk to!
4 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Camryn, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! We are so happy to hear that our program gave you a new perspective and that you felt supported by staff. Keeping working on your Greek language skills so you can put them to use when you visit us again!

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Chloe
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun!

CYA was such a wonderful experience! The staff was really supportive and made my time in Greece really comfortable. The classes were super interesting, the location within Athens was perfect (right in the middle of the city, close to the airport and the port), and the food was delicious (both the dining hall food and the restaurants around our campus)! I wish that there would have been more opportunities within the program to connect with students from Greece, but other than that, I think the program was super awesome.

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

Hi Chloe, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! It is so great to hear you felt prepared and supported before your arrival and enjoyed your courses and field study. We hope you can visit again soon!

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Max
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommended!

CYA had a couple orientations at the beginning of the semester to get students adjusted which covered a variety of topics and were very helpful. The field study trips were a lot of fun and carefully planned out and at the first one there were activities for students to get to know each other better. I think one of my favorite parts of CYA were the professors. They were so intelligent on the topics they were teaching and made learning very engaging. Highly recommend taking any course with Professor Ritsa, she is excellent!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely spend more time exploring some of the smaller sections of Athens and the area around Athens, such as beaches and parks
Pros
  • Free Lunch
  • Professor-led trips
Cons
  • Housing Issues
  • Greek Immersion
3 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Max, thanks for sharing you experience with CYA! It is so great to hear you enjoyed your professors and found the field study trips to be impactful. We hope you can visit us again soon!

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Michael
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

College Year in Athens SLAYS!

I loved my experience with College Year in Athens. I truly fell in love with the city of Athens and the nation of Greece. The school and the student housing are situated in the incredible Pangrati neighborhood, which many Athenians will tell you is one of their favorite areas in the city. It's surrounded by bars (shoutout to Thursdays at Ziggy, and every night at Chelsea Hotel), cafes, amazing restaurants (my favorites being To Mavro Provato and Louvron), and the famous Panathenaic Stadium. The faculty is brilliant, and I have to specifically thank Dr. Aimee Placas and Dr. Athena Hadji, two of the most thoughtful and inclusive instructors I have ever had. Also, CYA offers three mandatory "field study" trips to different parts of Greece, so I got to visit Olympia, Delphi, Nafplio, Kalamata, Thessaloniki, Volos, Mount Pelion, and several small villages and towns across the mainland. It's easy to visit islands (I loved the nearby Poros island) and also to travel across Europe (I visited Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul, Budapest, Palermo, Sevilla, and Ibiza, all within the semester). The courses are challenging but not too homework-heavy, allowing for weekend travel and for exploring the city of Athens. Lunch is free each day Monday through Friday at CYA, and food is very affordable in Athens (many of my meals were 5-10 euros, sometimes even less). My favorite thing about CYA was definitely how the program treated us as adults, more so than how American universities do. I truly felt independent and respected. And, of course, the people make the experience! I think CYA cultivates a great student body and I made lasting friendships. My only "complaints" about the program are the laundry situation (the washers and dryers at CYA are in poor condition and you will have to hang dry your clothes, but hey, that's the authentic European experience!), the strict attendance policy, and the over-representation of certain big American universities in the student body (including my own) which damages the diversity of the campus life. However, these are minuscule issues in the grand scheme of studying abroad, and I would recommend CYA to almost anyone. I wish I went for two semesters!

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

Hi Michael, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! So great to hear you had an amazing experience and that you fell in love with Greece. We hope you can visit us again soon!

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Yuhan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Transformative

My semester abroad has been such an enriching and transformative experience. As a business and STEM major, the opportunity to delve into liberal arts courses at CYA not only deepened my appreciation for humanity's diverse expressions but also inspired me to think about bigger questions. Exploring Athens, Greece, and other parts of Europe with like-minded peers helped me forge lifelong friendships and exposed me to new ways of thinking. As an international student in the U.S., this was my second time studying abroad, which allowed me to immerse myself in another completely different culture, interact with local communities, and gain a deeper understanding of global perspectives. With that, I come away with a heightened sense of curiosity and an expanded understanding of my own personal perspectives and actions in a global context.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to make more efforts to get to know and build connections with local Greeks, as the students hosted by CYA are all American undergrads.
Pros
  • Enriching liberal arts courses
  • Excellent faculty
  • Greek food is unmatched
Cons
  • Academic rigor is less than my home institution
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Yuhan, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! Its so great to hear that you had the chance to explore and step out of your comfort zone while taking courses that expanded your horizons. Hopefully you can visit us again soon!

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Christian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable, Transformative Experience

I had the chance to make long-lasting friendships in a program that was communicative, attentive to students' needs, and helpful in recommending different spots in Athens to visit. The program also gave us the freedom to explore and didn't bog us down with too much work, projects, or tests. I found the time in Athens to be culturally informative as well, and I learned to be more appreciative of diverse opinion and perspectives. I had amazing food and found a new love of life that I had been missing, making the experience all the better for my personal growth.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I ran the half-marathon in Athens and the marathon in Rhodes!
Pros
  • Accessible to Athens
  • Local eateries are nearby and amazing
  • Teachers are patient and understanding
Cons
  • The roads/traffic in Athens can be intimidating
4 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Christian, thanks for sharing your experience with CYA! We love to hear that you made long lasting friendships and had the chance to make Greece your home. Hopefully you can visit us again soon!

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.