CYA - Study in Greece (Semester Program)

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About

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.

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.

COVID-19 FAQ

Curious about how Greece & CYA has handled the COVID-19 crisis so far, and how we’re preparing for upcoming semesters? Check out the COVID-19 FAQ on our website here:

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.

Reviews

9.58 Rating
based on 50 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 94%
  • 7-8 rating 6%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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Kelli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We <3 CYA

I highly recommend this program! I studied abroad with CYA during Spring 2020-and yes, that means I was only abroad from January through the middle of March. But the time that I spent in Greece was a blast, and I'm thankful for every second. Athens is very unique, being a connector between Europe and Eastern countries, meaning that while you can also travel places that everyone studying abroad in Europe travels to- Paris, London, Venice, etc., you can also go really amazing places like Istanbul and Tel Aviv during your free time abroad. CYA is a really well done program, and my favorite part was the one (ideally of two, but cut due to coronavirus) week long trip we took with the entire program around the Peloponnese region of Greece. While CYA, like almost all study abroad programs, has a few optional trips on weekends scheduled that you can sign up and pay extra money for, they also schedule week long field trips around Greece, like this, whose costs are already configured into your tuition. They're lead by professors and, in complete honesty, are very educational, but they're also a blast, as you get to travel with your friends on the program and go places in Greece that would be difficult to access on your own without a car, like Olympia, Sparta, and Nafplio. From someone who has studied abroad on another program, these 2 week-long trips really set CYA apart from any other study abroad company that I know. Additionally, they handled the coronavirus situation very well. They kept us in Greece as long as they could, but were also accommodating of students who chose to leave earlier. The communication on their end was clear: We're a family, and we want you to stay in Athens just as much as you do, but your safety is first and even when you go home, you'll still be part of the family. Being in Greece, a place that has handled the situation incredibly well so far, I was able to stay abroad as long as was physically possible, and all of the professors were kind and understanding upon my return home. I've said it many times, and I'll say it again: CYA was the program to be abroad with during the crisis. Overall, my experience with CYA was wonderful, and I'd encourage anyone else thinking about studying abroad with them to go for it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of every minute! and every museum!
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Kelli, thank you for your positive review of CYA. We too love our study tours for their academics but also because it is so fun exploring Greece through our students' eyes. Thank you for looking at the semester with a positive lens, whil eno one expected the semester to go the way it did, we hope you will come back and visit Athens soon. Remember to keep in touch, we'll always be your CYA family.

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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING

I had such an amazing time that I was absolutely crushed to return home due to the COVID19 pandemic. It was clear that the CYA staff truly cared and I still receive daily emails from professors hoping that their students are well. The classes are very hands on and informative. The program also provides 2 weeks of travel throughout Greece with the program which provided me with valuable knowledge regarding Greek culture and history.

The apartments are singles and doubles located conveniently near CYA. I had a very spacious single with my own balcony! Any time there was an issue with the apartment CYA would respond that day.

Greek food is absolutely amazing and Athens also has restaurants with all types of food (and not just Greek food). The pricing is also extremely reasonable in Greece. If I went out for a gyro it would typically lost less than 3 euros.

For those who do not know Athens is a HILLY city and CYA has an urban location. This was my first time living in an urban area, but CYA facilitated a smooth transition and I always felt safe and comfortable.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not expect to make best friends the first day, or even week. Studying abroad is a big, scary decision. Everyone else feels that same pressure too. Take the time to put yourself out there, be yourself, and don't be afraid to try new things!
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Liv
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CYA gave me the time of my life!

College Year in Athens provided me with the best study abroad experience possible! I made so many incredible friends, saw so many unbelievable places, and learned so many amazing things! I recommend this program to all students, and cannot talk it up enough!

I was academically stimulated the whole time, in an array of subjects that I found interesting. All of the staff and administration are so supportive and I'm still in touch with several people from the program! The entire experience was enriching and accommodating!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of every extracurricular you can - travel among the islands, take a cooking class, go to the farmers' market! Everything you do will be a brand new experience, and one you will never forget!
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Liv, thank you for your positive review of CYA. CYA prides itself on having unique and stimulating classes so we are happy to hear that you felt academically stimulated in your classes. Please remember to stay in touch and we hope you visit Athens and Greece again!

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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

You can’t choose a better study abroad program than CYA! Greece is the perfect study abroad destination. With its diverse array of landscapes - mountains, the sea, bustling cities - you will truly never be bored. Greek culture is incredibly welcoming and hospitable to foreigners, and the CYA administration embodies this completely. Even though I was thousands of miles away, I felt at home nearly instantly. CYA staff is more than willing to help students with any academic or personal difficulty that may arise. When I first arrived in Athens, the airline lost my luggage and I was without it for 10 days. CYA helped me communicate with airlines and walked me through the whole process. Their help and support was invaluable to me during this time, and extended throughout the entirety of the semester. They really do their best to create the best possible study abroad experience for their students, and it makes all the difference in the world.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Immerse yourself in GREECE! When studying abroad in Europe, it is tempting to take advantage of cheap flights and the opportunity to experience different countries on the weekends (especially with CYA’s 3 day weekend policy!). However, all of my most memorable moments from my study abroad experience were the weekends that I chose to stay in Greece, and take the time to fully immerse myself in the culture of the place I was fortunate enough to temporarily call home. From villages to big cities and mountains to the ocean, Greece really has it all, there is plenty to do and see. Explore Greece! Learn some of the language, enjoy traditional foods. Make an effort to talk to and get to know locals! Immerse yourself in Greek culture, and it becomes like a second home so fast.
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Jill
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester

I am SO happy I got to spend my abroad semester with CYA. They give you just the right amount of structured activity/trips to get to know one another and to get to know Greece while also giving you ample free time to do what you want. The location of both the apartments and CYA buildings is perfect – you're right in the heart of everything without ever feeling unsafe or overrun by tourists. Plus you get a view of the Acropolis from your classroom building (how cool is that!). The best part of this program is hands down the staff and faculty. I was abroad during the COVID19 outbreak, and I felt completely safe and supported in their care. They truly want the best for the students, and the passion they have for the students and the program is genuine. You will always feel supported by your CYA family, even in times of unprecedented pandemic, and I think that speaks volumes to how involved the staff and faculty are in making your experience everything you want it to be and more.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of all the opportunities CYA provides! They offer you everything from optional trips to islands (and other countries), to volunteer experience, to cooking classes, to hiking trips, to half marathons, and much more. Make sure you do as much as you can and read all of those emails so you don't miss out on anything.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Jill, Thank you for your positive review of CYA! Given the global circumstances, we are glad you look at the experience with a positive lens. Come back to Greece soon and remember to keep in touch after the semester is complete.

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Blaike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision of my Life

Studying abroad with CYA was life-changing. This program made Athens feel like home. All of my professors really cared about their students, and worked endlessly to form personal connections and give us the best experiences possible. The field trips were super fun and informative, and the optional trips were well-priced and gave us chances to grow close as a program. Greek culture is warm, welcoming, and community based, and CYA completely embodies that! Program lunches every weekday are healthy and yummy. The school and apartments are in city center and within a 15 minute walk to the Acropolis! Pangrati, the district where the school and apartments are located, is very safe and has a great community scene complete with farmers markets and cool cafés. CYA and Greece in general provide so many opportunities to get outdoors compared to other programs- so if that's your cup of tea you can definitely seize those opportunities! The workload is manageable and there are lots of course offerings for both Classics and non-Classics majors! The administration was also incredibly kind and helpful in finding hair salons, buying concert tickets, or any other small detail to make students feel at home. Between the multiple times I was able to travel to other countries, and the many adventures I had all over Greece- this program increased my worldview and experience tenfold. Best semester ever!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take pictures and videos so you can remember what your friends' voices sound like, what that sunset at Sounio felt like, or capture the full glory of your gyro! Also: take the optional trips. I went on the Andros Island and Metsovo/Meteora/Ioannina trips, and I made some of my closest friends on those vacations, because they were for smaller and more tight-knit groups of students. And take the time to talk to professors and staff- they're some of the coolest people you'll meet abroad!
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Ariel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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College Year in Athens gave me the best semester of my entire life. From the exciting weekend trips to daily class visits to the Ancient Acropolis, I had a life changing experience at least once a week. Learning about ancient history while standing in the place where it took place was simply awe-inspiring. I had a lot of "pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming" moments during my semester in Athens, especially when one of my classes took us INSIDE the Parthenon. I loved the city of Athens so much and I loved my apartment even more. It truly felt like home by the end. Another thing that made my experience so special was the people who worked at CYA. I felt safe and cared for. The faculty and staff was always willing to help with any problem - anywhere from laundry to home sickness. They truly wanted me to love Greece as much as they did. Lunches were yummy and the main course always varied so it never got old. The CYA dining hall was a great place for socialization when my fellow classmates as well as professors. The culmination of all these things made my semester in Athens truly spectacular. I am so thankful that I chose CYA.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-wracking moment was summiting Mount Olympus! The path was perilous but the thought of getting to the top helped me push through. The view from the top was spectacular and fulfilled all my childhood Percy-Jackson-related dreams.
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Sophia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience!

While at CYA I had the opportunity to take classes and do things I would not have gotten elsewhere. I was able to get immersed into the Greek culture quickly. The staff was so helpful and helped me get an amazing volunteer opportunity. CYA gave me an experience that allowed me to grow as a person. I never realized how much I could learn being in a different country. Everyone in Greece are so friendly and wants to help you succeed. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants to experience a new culture

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go everywhere. Being in Europe gives you such great opportunities to travel all over. Although to is nice to be in Athens on weekends and explore there, the opportunity is there for you to go elsewhere. Explore throughout the week in Athens then travel on weekends. The 4-day weeks really allow for you to be able to go anywhere.