• 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
Jun 25, 2021
Sep 11, 2021

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

9.65 Rating
based on 68 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.59%
  • 7-8 rating 4.41%
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  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.4
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Yes, I recommend this program

Already Dying to Go Back

While I've always wanted to travel to Greece, CYA created such a unique experience for me that I don't think I would've otherwise had. The faculty and staff were all so caring and understanding, attempting to get to know us as individuals first, and they made every attempt to ensure we had the fullest experience possible. I was able to complete a full semester's load of courses both within and majors and outside of them, and I never felt like I was missing out on anything. From archaeology classes at the Parthenon to anthropology classes on walks through the various neighborhoods of Athens, CYA's emphasis on on-site learning really added an essential component to my stay in Greece. Nowhere was this more evident than our field study trip throughout Greece. Within a week, we traveled to dozens of notable sites and towns including Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Thessaloniki. Each place had something new to offer, with our helpful instructors giving us deeper insights to every site, whether they were historical or cultural. Even outside of school, CYA encouraged us to explore the country, giving us recommendations on places to eat around the neighborhood, sites to travel to on our days off, and common Greek phrases we could use with the locals. Pangrati, the neighborhood we lived in, began to feel like home, and the people I met both within the program and outside of it began to feel like family. Despite the pandemic, I had a full experience of Greece, and I can't wait to go back for more!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
In Thessaloniki, I ate cuddlefish in cuddlefish ink sauce. The whole thing was pitch black, which intimidated me a bit, especially as a relatively picky eater, but it was delicious. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, because you might just find a new favorite!
1 person found this review helpful.
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Grateful for Greece 2021

I am so glad that I took the leap and studied abroad with CYA this year! After a great spring semester, I ended up returning for a special summer program through CYA as well. I had the best Modern Greek professor ever and truly enjoyed all of my classes. The location could not have been better, and I truly felt at home in our neighborhood. CYA is so supportive of its students. I felt that I was in amazing hands, and every staff member and professor put a smile on my face! I can't wait to return!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would utilize public transportation way more! I loved visiting different neighborhoods and the vast reaches of the city. Public transportation is easy and affordable.
6 people found this review helpful.
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A wonderful abroad experience

I was a student at CYA during the Spring 2021 semester. Even though covid made some activities and experiences impossible, the staff of CYA did an incredible job in providing us with meaningful abroad experience. All the teachers were amazing, especially Professor Pitt and Professor Kritsotakis. I would definitely recommend taking at least one on-site class. I took Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens and it provided me with an excellent understanding of the archaeological sites. The marble carving workshop is excellent and the man who runs it is quite a character. The public transit in Athens is easy to use so you can get basically anywhere you want to go around the city and the surrounding areas. The neighborhood of Pangrati where CYA is located has a farmer's market every Friday where you can get fresh produce (and funky used clothes). A block away from the CYA building there is a bakery called Kekkos run by a super kind husband and wife who really make you feel at home in Greece. Because CYA is specifically for studying abroad, they run trips to other parts of Greece as part of their class program. We went to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, Thessaloniki and other places with our professors there to help is understand what we were seeing. Overall, I cannot recommend CYA enough. It is a life-changing program.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
While on a side trip to Crete, I had cuttlefish and cuttlefish ink stew at a restaurant in Heraklion. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was delicious and not like anything I had ever had before.
6 people found this review helpful.
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A fantastic program in a fantastic place!

CYA is an incredible program! I went during COVID lockdown and I was worried about not having a great experience, but the administration was so great with adjusting the program to make sure we had a great experience! Athens was nothing that I expected, but everything I needed in a study abroad experience! It's really easy to make connections within the city and also so easy to travel outside of Athens and Greece. I was not able to travel outside of the country due to COVID, but I got to know Athens and Greece in a way I wouldn't have were I traveling all the time. So I really recommend that if you do go, you spend time traveling to the islands and around mainland Greece- Monemvasia was my favorite location!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Snow in Athens! We saw the most snow Athens had gotten in years!
11 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Sam, thank you for your review of CYA! We appreciate your kind words and are happy to hear that you had an amazing semester ~ and hopefully Summer ~ with us in Athens! Remember to keep in touch!

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The Best Semester of My Life

College Year in Athens is the ideal study abroad experience. It perfectly balances learning with fun, travel with time in Athens, and cultural immersion with lifestyle appreciation. The professors never fail to engage students and always go out of their way to make classes interactive. Despite visiting Greece during COVID-19, I felt a strong bond with my fellow students, the CYA administrators, and staff. All of the students in our program would take turns hosting dinner parties when we were unable to visit restaurants. Our administration scheduled one-on-one meetings to interact with students in a safe and comfortable environment. I was even able to intern in a hospital during the pandemic! CYA truly goes above and beyond in its efforts to engage students in Greek life. From cooking classes to backgammon competitions, the Acropolis to Thessaloniki, I loved every moment of my time as a CYA student!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would make sure to leave extra space in my suitcase on the way there so I could fit all of the amazing souvenirs I bought in Greece on the way home!
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Jenny, thank you for your reivew of CYA! We take pride in our engaging academics and volunteer and internship opportunities. Please keep in touch!

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Awsome program

Greece is the dream of someone who loves hiking, beaches, photography, history, archeology, and art. Also awesome amazing food! The gyros, the tzatziki sauce, the pizza. even the vegan options are great. the sunsets are gorgeous and the archeological sites are a must-see. The Acropolis is only a 20 minute walk away and the Panatheonic stadium right down the street. the professors are chill and will even invite you over and grab drinks with you. the people are all real nice and caring. and look out for you

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

Marianna, thank you for your review of CYA. We are happy to hear that you loved your experience in Greece form the food to the classes anf beyond. Keep in touch!

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An Incomparable Semester!

This program is unique for the warmth and welcoming atmosphere created not just by the faculty and staff, but the students and strangers in the surrounding neighborhood as well! Even during the difficulties caused by the pandemic, CYA managed to provide us with the full Athens (and Greek in general) experience while keeping within safe, healthy guidelines. I would recommend this to anyone remotely interested in Greece, and especially to Classics students. Be especially ready to take any opportunity for adventure—there's so much to do!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
On literally my first day out of post-travel quarantine, it snowed. A lot. Enough for our professors to remark that they'd never seen Athens like this. I went for a walk alone to explore the neighborhood for the first time, and the entire city was out there with me—parents taking pictures, kids making snowmen, couples trying and failing to bike around. The snow made everyone so excited that strangers were yelling to each other about the weather, me included. The thing that really got me, being from the American South, was seeing palm trees covered in snow. It was a wonderful introduction to my new home for the semester; I felt the immediate connection with everyone else outside with me of experiencing something for the first time.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The most memorable cultural experience I have ever had!

Something that stood out to me in the midst of my studies with CYA is how the professors truly care about the students, and they have an understanding that this semester abroad is not solely meant for academic achievement, but really it is meant to guide you in a direction of personal growth. You learn how to balance on one side the school work, and on the other side, the new life in a city and culture you have just been introduced to. In reality, there is an endless list of benefits to spending a semester abroad in Greece, and these benefits contribute greatly to the personal, academic, and professional developments that undoubtedly you will acquire while there.

My most memorable and culturally eye-opening moment was flying a kite during Καθαρά Δευτέρα (Clean Monday) with my roommates on top of Philopappos Hill. If you are around in the Spring semester, I highly recommend flying a kite on Clean Monday!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be curious and ask questions! CYA has been running for many years as a study abroad program, and they have seen a lot of uncalled for situations, so the chance of someone out there having an answer to your question is very high.
14 people found this review helpful.

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.