• Greece
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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
Jun 28, 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 Dates

Application Deadline
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Program Reviews

9.63 Rating
based on 65 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 95.38%
  • 7-8 rating 4.62%
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  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.4
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Yes, I recommend this program

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!
4 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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Yes, I recommend this program

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!
5 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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Yes, I recommend this program

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

6 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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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
6 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.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Spring ‘21

I was able to connect with the 29 other students! We had a unique experience living in Athens during restrictions from Covid-19. It was really neat to see the city reopen as it got warmer and as restrictions lessened. The professors at CYA are absolutely terrific. They were very engaging despite teaching via zoom for much of the semester. I enjoyed the classes a lot! The food is also spectacular! There’s something for everyone. I made many great friends and memories during my 4 months in Athens!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just do it! This is your time to make memories and go LEARN from the things and people around you. Don’t let just let opportunities fall into your lap. Go out and seek them too!
4 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Such a special experience!

While my time at CYA was a little non-standard due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was still a phenomenal experience that impacted me as both a student and a human being! I participated in the program through a specialized program made in partnership with my college (Wellesley), so my time in Greece was also a little shorter than usual — we were on a quarter system during the pandemic, so I was only in Greece for 6-7 weeks, but the typical CYA student spends a full semester abroad! It's definitely a bummer that the pandemic/shortened term prevented me from taking part in the cultural activities that are usually offered (like joining local workout groups, babysitting, volunteering at the farmer's market, or learning how to carve marble!), but I still feel like I got to enjoy a whole lot of Greece! Through the CYA program itself, I got to travel to Nafplio, Kalamata, Olympia, Mystras, Sparta, and Delphi for a field study! This experience was genuinely life-changing — I fell in love with classical art and the history of the religious sites I saw, and I've actually decided to declare a second major in classical civilization with the hope to focus my study on classical religion! I think one of the best parts of Greece (and this program) is how many "ins" you have. Whether you're interested in history, or architecture, or art, or religion, or literature, or natural spaces, it's an INCREDIBLE place to be! I found myself feeling frequently overwhelmed by how cool it was to physically be in the spaces where stories I've read for YEARS were actually told (or even took place)! It was especially wonderful due to the weird period of time when I was in Greece. My time with CYA overlapped with the reopening timeline set in place by the government, so I got to explore places like Delphi and the Parthenon before tourism reopened, and being able to be in those places without the noise and bustle of hundreds of tourists was really really special. Aside from Greece itself, I really loved the academic program at CYA! Due to my shortened schedule, I was only taking one class with CYA (plus a virtual class from my home institution), but it was one of the BEST courses I've ever taken. My professor, Eleni Fassa, was so kind and enthusiastic, and she totally reawakened my childhood obsession with Greek myth and religion! We used the landscape of Greece as much as possible in this course, having classes at the Acropolis and at the sites on our field study. I just have so many good things to say about my time with CYA! The courses were amazing, the sights were amazing, the museums were amazing, the people were amazing, the food was amazing, GREECE was amazing! I highly recommend it!

What was your funniest moment?
When my roommates and I visited the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, I swam out really far (I'm a strong swimmer!!) and found a partially underwater cave! Exploring the cave is one of my favorite memories from the trip — but my roommates couldn't see me and thought I had disappeared into the ocean! It was definitely scary in the moment, but now we all laugh about the time everyone thought I had turned into a fish 😳
5 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Thank you Abigail for your review of CYA! You and your Wellesley classmates were a great addition to the CYA semester, and I am glad that you had such an excellent time on the program. Keep in touch!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Spring at CYA

I studied abroad in the spring 21 term at CYA, and was impressed despite occurring on the back end of the pandemic. The in person Mythology and Art & Archaeology class research papers were new and challenging. Classes also took place at archaeological sites so we experienced in person what we learned about. Our field study involved lectures at historical archaeological sites throughout Greece including Delphi and the Peloponnese. Being a group of 83, plus the other CYA group of 30, I was especially impressed at CYA's high level of coordination and planning to accomplish this during COVID. The location of CYA, next to the Panathenaic Stadium, is very ideal for social and academic adventures throughout the city; the neighborhood of Plaka and Pangrati felt very safe at night and CYA has supportive staff that are available 24/7 to help you out.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried local mountain goat in Delphi while on our class field study. It tastes like lamb! I also tried the classic Greek taverna food of fried octopus.
5 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.