College Year in Athens

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Learn outside the classroom in Athens, Greece



Learn outside the classroom in Athens, Greece

What Makes Us Unique:

Here at CYA, we offer unique academic programs that are focused on hands-on learning with both classroom lectures and onsite classes. Join us in Athens for a semester (or 2), a class over Winter/J-term, or our Summer program. CYA classes not only take place in Athens, but students also travel to various regions areas around Greece over the course of the semester.

What’s Included in Our Programs:
Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
Housing in CYA apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood in Central Athens
Mid-day Meal: Monday through Friday (except on field study, holidays, and recesses)
Field study (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
Pre-departure material
Supplemental hospitalization insurance
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Arrival day airport meet-and-assist services
Orientation and acculturation activities
Use of course materials during the More semester
Free Internet access in the CYA computer lab as well as free Wi-Fi for laptop users throughout the Academic Center and in the student apartments.
Assistance in obtaining Greek telephone numbers
Student support services
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More About Us:

Location:  Athens, the capital of Greece, is a bustling city that has a dynamic atmosphere architecturally, artistically, historically, and culturally with Mediterranean ties to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. The city itself juxtaposes ancient Greek ruins with a modern city.

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  • Anthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Classical Studies
  • Communications
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Urbanism & Sustainability

Academic Field Study: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester to locations such as the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Crete and Northern Greece (Thessaloniki). When students are not traveling, courses are taught at the CYA academic center in Athens or on-site.

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CYA provides and connects students with a number of extracurricular activities and internships/service learning. While we can help students find activities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:

  • Workshops
  • Athletic activities
  • Lectures
  • Greek dance
  • Greek cooking
  • Debates
  • Forums
  • Athens Marathon
  • Annual Student Conference

Past examples of internships and volunteer opportunities:

  • Refugee aidmarble 3
  • Soup kitchens
  • Environmental groups
  • Animal welfare
  • Special needs education
  • Education – English as a second language
  • Education – kindergarten/elementary
  • Film & theater
  • Journalism
  • Libraries, museums, art galleries
  • Marketing & advertising
  • Social Media/Digital Content Creation
  • Economics

49089382162_1fc25d6aa0_oLanguage of Instruction: English

Duration: One semester or academic year

Student Body: Approximately 150 students per semester. Since 1962, over 10,000 students from more than 550 English-Speaking colleges and universities have studied at CYA!


Over 92 percent of CYA faculty hold doctorate degrees, and many are considered global leaders in their fields. See a complete list of our faculty, including bios and CVs, at this link.

Class Size: Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.

Housing: Students live in CYA apartments within residential buildings in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens. Apartments have WiFi and A/C, are furnished, and come with a common area, double and/or single rooms, an outdoor balcony, and an equipped kitchen. The safe and highly desirable neighborhood in which students live has grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, banks, dry cleaning shops, and a weekly farmer’s market, as well as many other amenities nearby. Apartments are a 2-10 minute walk from CYA’s Academic Center and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops. Homestays are also available to students who wish to dive deeper into Greek culture and family lifestyle. Students stay in hotels while on trips.

Meals: Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on holidays, and during recess) On academic field study breakfast is included instead of lunch.

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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.”  Ariel Kline – Gettysburg College (Fall 2019)

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Business, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Arts, Classical Studies, Communications, Conservation and Preservation, More Creative Writing, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Gender Studies, Global Studies, Humanities, International Relations, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Literature, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Sciences, Sociology, Theater, Theology, Women’s Studies