• Greece
    • Athens
    • Crete
    • Paros
    • Santorini
Short Term, Summer
Subject Areas
Anthropology Archaeology Art History Arts Classical Studies Communications Conflict Studies Creative Writing Cultural Studies Economics Environmental Studies European Studies Film Gender Studies Global Studies History Humanities International Business International Relations Journalism Language Studies Liberal Arts Literature Museum Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Policy Religious Studies Service Learning Social Sciences Sociology Sustainable Development Theater Tourism +25

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors


Price Details
Program fees include tuition, lodging in a furnished student apartment or hotel unit, course materials, a farewell lunch or dinner and, where applicable, field study and co-curricular activities. Cost varies by course; please check our website for more information.

Fee reductions are offered for students who:
- $100 per course for students who submit their application with full payment postmarked on or before March 1st.
- $100 per course for students who enroll and participate in two CYA summer courses.
- $250 per course for students from public universities.
- $100 per course for CYA semester students who enroll in a summer course.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance
Mar 03, 2022
Sep 13, 2022
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About Program

Soak up summer in Greece

Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of our summer program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning.

Summer is an exceptional time to study in Greece with a choice of unique CYA courses tailored to combine academics with authentic experiences, taking advantage of the sun, the sea and the vibrant summer culture from Athens to the surrounding islands. Explore Greece’s rich history, get involved in archaeological excavations, and delve into the anthropology of food, and so much more, this summer at CYA. Courses are offered over two consecutive 4-week sessions that run between the end of May and the end of July.

Each 4-week course/session consists of 60 contact hours.

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Program Highlights

  • Onsite and experience-based classes.
  • Study-travel at breathtaking sites across Greece.
  • Personalized attention from dedicated faculty and staff.
  • Delve into a subject of interest with intensive course structure.
  • Experience the gorgeous Greek summer!

Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 37 reviews
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  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Political Science in the Birthplace of Democracy

I can't say enough good things about my time studying abroad through CYA. I had great communication with the program administration and felt safe the whole time. My class was a political science course, and getting to explore that while standing on ancient ruins where philosophers and citizens first implemented democracy in society was surreal. The apartments we got to stay in with our classmates were units in buildings that locals lived in--I loved the integration that provided. My professor was so warm and kind and she took us all over the city, incorporating immersion as part of the program content. I learned so much and loved the excursions to other islands and towns we got to explore, as well. I also had the best food of my entire life during the trip. I made friends with people in the program and everyone there was so welcoming. Athens is such a friendly, cool city and having the chance to study there with CYA is a memory I will look back on forever! I hope to make it back soon!

  • Food
  • Friendliness of Culture
  • Location
28 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Kendall! Thank you for sharing your experience with CYA. So happy to hear you enjoyed your course and the chance to explore Greece in a unique way. Hopefully you find your way back to Greece!

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The Most Amazing Summer Experience

Studying abroad this past summer in Greece was the chance of a lifetime for me. Prior to this program, I had never traveled outside of the United States before, aside from Canada, and certainly never overseas. But I suddenly found myself immersed in a completely new world, so unlike my own, and this culturally enriching experience has forever changed my perspective. Throughout my time in Greece, I traveled across the entire country, from Athens in the southeast, to the southern Peloponnese, to the northeastern coast and back again, learning about and exploring places along the way I never even knew existed. I traveled by bus across the rocky mountains of the countryside, and by boat and plane over the cerulean waters of the Ionian and Aegean seas. I visited every archaeological site and museum housing the actual artifacts we discussed in class. To be able to see thousands of years of history with my own eyes was a truly humbling and surreal experience, one that cannot be accurately described. Never again will I have the opportunity to study abroad and live in a different country, to travel and explore new places for one simple reason: the desire to know and truly understand the world in which we live.

  • Traditional Greek Cuisine
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Historical and Archaeological Sites
  • Intense Heat During Summer Months
  • Steep Slopes and Hills
26 people found this review helpful.
Response from CYA (College Year in Athens)

Hi Ashely! Thank you for sharing your experience with CYA. So happy to hear you enjoyed your course and the chance to see so many different parts of Greece. Hopefully you find your way back to Greece!

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Best Month of My Life

To say my time with CYA this past summer was a formative experience would be an understatement. Spending a month traveling through Greece for the Bronze Age Archaeology class gave me a new perspective on my major that I know will be invaluable going forward, and I quickly fell in love with the country and the culture. It was also incredibly fun! Athens is now one of my favorite places in the world, and I would 100% tell anyone and everyone to take the chance to study there with CYA if possible.

27 people found this review helpful.
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Digging in the Aegean

I cannot recommend this course enough! The people were amazing and I learned so much. I did not know anything about excavating before this class and the professors were so great about helping and making it very manageable. I learned a lot about Greece and ancient Greek temples and on the weekends we could explore different islands and really do whatever we wanted. We would dig during the day and then go to the beach the rest of the day so if that sounds fun to you sign up! You will not regret it!

  • The work we did
  • people
  • food
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21 people found this review helpful.
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Great experience

I took the Diversity, Difference in Regionality Among Greek States and Interconnections in Bronze Age Aegean classes during the summer of 2022. I learned a lot about classical Greece and Bronze Age Aegean. My professors were funny, approachable, and caring. I enjoyed the 2 week long road/ferry trips. I would recommend this program and would encourage students to apply for scholarships from their school. Greece is pretty cheap compared to other European countries. Most people speak English, so it is pretty easy to get around.

24 people found this review helpful.
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CYA is absolutely worth it

I participated in CYA's summer session 1 of 2022 and enrolled in a travel writing course that was a month long. We spent half that time in Athens and the other half in Poros, with a stop in Nafplio along the way. This course was absolutely fantastic, my writing improved so much and I was able to pick up a decent amount of modern Greek. Katerina was a lovely professor, extremely kind and passionate about the subject and Greece in general. I made great friends and got to know Greece on a much deeper level. I highly recommend CYA's study abroad programs, it was a great mix of independent travel and professional support.

  • Lots of free time
  • Built-in travel
  • Awesome classmates
  • Long class times
  • Rushed material
  • Little language learning support
33 people found this review helpful.
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A Great Learning Experience In My New Favorite City

Athens is the perfect place for studying; everywhere you go there are different museums and historical sites, but also lots of food, shops, and other activities to do. Greece is a beautiful place full of friendly and welcoming people- I was lucky to make friends with some of the locals and found them all to be quite open-minded and helpful. I think that there is something about learning on-site (or at least within the same country/city), that you cannot re-create back home in the classroom. Overall, CYA did a great job of providing support and guidance for us students, yet at the same time gave us the room to be independent and explore on our own. If you choose to do this program I really recommend taking the time to go to one of the smaller islands on your breaks, but also don't forget to take in all that Athens has to offer itself!

  • Friendly & Open Culture
  • Good housing
  • So much to do
32 people found this review helpful.
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CYA Summer 2021

I grew up in a relatively sheltered environment surrounded by people who thought and looked a lot like me. The first 18 years of my life were spent in the comfort of my own likeness. However, spending the summer at CYA allowed me to broaden my understanding of the world through the people I have met and the stories I have heard. This has been an incredibly important experience for me and has allowed me to adjust much of my perception of how we all fit into the places we inhabit. From this powerful experience abroad, I have learned the importance of exploration, as well as the ability to understand other points of view. I allowed myself to explore and say yes to things you wouldn't typically consider doing. This is how I ended up finding the best views or the coolest museums or the most fascinating islands to visit. It was truly an incredible summer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say my biggest piece of advice is to go in with an open mind. Allow yourself to explore and say yes to things you wouldn't typically consider doing. This is how I ended up finding the best views or the coolest museums or the most fascinating islands to visit. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore the city and country of Greece as much as you possibly can.
56 people found this review helpful.

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