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CYA (College Year in Athens)

CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 50 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses,...

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CYA (College Year in Athens): Summer Programs

Students interested in short term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of College Year in Athens' summer courses, which offer unique, experience-based opportunities...

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College Year in Athens Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    6

CYA is a natural choice for Classics majors

I am a Classics (Latin + Ancient Greek) major at Brown University. I am glad that I chose to study abroad at CYA during fall 2016. I had an excellent instructor (John Raish) for two small advanced translation seminars--Catullus on Mondays and Wednesdays, Thucydides on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The workload was manageable but nevertheless we read quite a bit and learned a LOT! I also took accelerated beginning Modern Greek and a philosophy course which focused on the works of Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes but also included works by Kierkegaard, Foucault, and modern Tanner Lecturers. I had a homestay in Neo Iraklio about 11 kilometres north of Athens, which I enjoyed very much. I ran the Athens Marathon (the "original marathon") in November. The race finishes in the marble stadium constructed in 1896 for the first modern Olympic Games. This stadium also happens to be right next door to the CYA building!! The CYA student lounge has a spectacular view of the Acropolis, which is only about 2 kilometres away. CYA has catered lunches Monday - Friday prepared according to traditional Greek recipes by local women. Students may sign up for a vegetarian option at no extra charge. The CYA administrative team (especially Nadia) is friendly and accessible. One word of warning: pickpockets are cruelly efficient in Athens. Otherwise the city is quite safe. The cost of living in the city is low by US standards. CYA has a Monday - Thursday academic schedule to better facilitate student travel on Friday - Sunday.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Health and Safety

    5

  • Social Life

    7

Some quick stuff on CYA

I had a good experience. While the academics weren't amazing, the classes tended to at least be somewhat interesting, the archaeology and art ones that involved Greek stuff of course being the better ones. The administration was helpful sometimes and dropped the ball at other times. When I needed to switch an apartment because of a serious roommate issue, they helped me out. They also helped students find ways to acclimate to life in Athens and emailed us about stuff to do. Unfortunately, when a student experienced sexual assault, their response was very lacking. It could of been worse I suppose but they weren't very sensitive, that's why I rated the health and safety a "5".

I had a good experience based on my own initiative. If you don't strike out on your own and find cool stuff you will not have the best time, but that could apply to many programs. Another thing some of my female classmates noticed was the old fashioned, slightly sexist way the administration interacted with female students in general, i.e suggesting one student was depressed because she needed a boyfriend. It's also interesting that all the women of color in my semester were put together in one dorm, which happened to be the shittiest one? Again, not horrible issues but weird management things.

Overall I liked the experience and had a good time but would suggest independence and an adventurous spirit if you want to make the most of your experience. And don't expect a whole lot from the academics, but that may have just been my experience.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    2

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

CYA

I enjoyed my experience abroad immensely and could rave all day about how awesome my classes were, how amazing it was to be on site every day, and the types of bonds I formed with my classmates. I would rate this aspect of my experience as a 10/10. I was however consistently disappointed by the administration. I think Jennifer at the front desk is amazing and deserves a raise and all the praise in the world. On the other hand, I had many negative experiences with the other members of the administration and was appalled at how they went about handling certain issues. The airport strike and subsequent email from CYA was greatly mismanaged; there were personal events that occurred for some of my classmates in which I was shocked at how CYA responded--often with neglect or complete misunderstanding. For another friend, the registrar was not up front about her course credit and it wasn't until the last week of the program that she found out that she would actually get credit for her classes (that's an entire semester of stress that she went through for no reason other then the registrar refused to communicate with her home institution until the president interceded. I will always have tons of positive experiences with CYA, but I really feel that the administration let all of us down.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

A Dream Away from Reality

My time at CYA went by quickly and blissfully, as if it were a dream that I didn't want to wake up from. The weekends flew by, some dominated by engaging and exciting school field trips and others by independent travel. During the times that I was actually in Athens I felt at home. The staff was personable, relatable, and caring. I felt surrounded by people who were excited to see me learn and grow, wanting to teach me everything that they could, making sure that we made the most out of our experience abroad. I always felt safe and welcomed in our community of students. Though the apartments could use a few updates, their location and layout are convenient and perfect for the student studying abroad. They are placed in a good neighborhood, close to school, and only a 20 minute walk away from the most important sites in Athens. I highly recommend this program to anyone that is interested.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

What CYA taught me

CYA taught me some valuable lessons on meeting people with different perspectives, being confident in myself, and really just appreciating where my life has taken me. This past semester was an incredible journey and coming from Texas, I met people who may not have seen things eye to eye with me, but I was able to learn from them and develop my own ideas from them. Being in a foreign country not knowing anyone before hand, you have to go out of your way to try and meet new people. I was always afraid of putting myself out there, but I tried and the friends I made and the things I got to experience were well worth it. Being able to travel all over Greece and seeing so many different regions really made me appreciate what CYA was giving me the opportunity to do; without CYA I never would have known that there could be such mountainous terrains in Greece and not just islands. I was so lucky to have had this experience and I want to continue being able to appreciate life in the United States and find the beauty I did in Greece back home.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

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