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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

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Some of the most meaningful and happiest months of my life

It’s hard to avoid falling into clichés when describing my semester with CYA Athens, because those four months really were life changing, eye-opening, and nothing short of a dream. Of course, the country of Greece is unspeakably beautiful, and I am amazed at the huge variety of places I was able to see. From the otherworldly landscape of ‘Meteora' with 15th century monasteries perched atop shocking rock formations to the volcanic cliffs of Santorini… The beaches and mountain ranges were surprisingly diverse but equally spectacular, and each island, village and city had a uniquely charming vibe.

The best part of experiencing Greece was not the breathtaking vistas, however. It was the people of Greece, hands down. Sometimes I still shake my head in grateful amazement when I think of all the ways and times that I was shown generosity, warmth and downright familial love from too many people to count. This alone changed me, and is something that I hope to pass on to others wherever I go in life. The CYA staff was not an exception to this rule; in fact, they were all some of the most wonderful and interesting people I met in Greece.

The academic component of this program was just as excellent. The material for my classes was stimulating and fascinating, and the professors were fantastic. They gave us more individual attention than I’ve ever had in college and took us on once-in-a-lifetime field trips like inside Parliament and an Orthodox monastery, and to archaeological sites, museums and exhibits. As if this weren’t enough, CYA takes all of its students on multiple school-wide field trips that last for as long as one week. This gives you the opportunity to hear about historic and cultural sites from experts in the field in a way that would never be possible as a tourist.

All in all, I can hardly overstate how highly I recommend College Year in Athens. It opened my mind to new perspectives and taught me so much about the world. But also, it taught me so much about myself. I truly can say that I feel like Greece has become like a second home, and that is in large part thanks to CYA.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

  • College Year in Athens responded to this review November 04, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We are elated to hear you had such a meaningful experience in Greece with CYA!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Phenomenal experience at CYA

The balance of understanding that the students need cultural immersion and experiences in Greece that truly capture the spirit of the unique country coupled with the good academic programs make CYA so special. I've also never encountered an administration that wants its students to have as fulfilling an experience as the ones at CYA. All of the administrators found joy when they were helping the students discover more of themselves in the foreign country. A truly welcoming community that fosters the best qualities that can be gained from a study abroad experience.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

  • College Year in Athens responded to this review November 04, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Thank you for your feedback, Thomas! We are so glad that you had such a positive experience with the CYA structure and administration!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

CYA spring 2016

This semester changed my life. I fell in love with Greece--its food, culture, language, and people. During the semester I found my passion and met so many amazing people. I do not regret my time in Greece at all, it has been incredible and I learned and grew so much. The professors, staff, and my fellow students contributed to an unforgettable experience.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

  • College Year in Athens responded to this review November 04, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Thank you for your feedback, Kyra! We are so glad to hear you had such a positive experience with the program, those who are a part of it, and Athens as a whole!

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    5

CYA review

Great program in a great city. Loved my professors was less than thrilled with the administration. The administration seemed there to regulate us instead of help us. They treated us like kids, but they are generally nice people.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

  • College Year in Athens responded to this review November 08, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Thank you for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed studying in Athens and had a great academic experience. The administrative team does their best to provide full support for all of our students and provide regulations to keep our students safe. We hope you will come back to visit!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

College Year in Athens

This program was great. I saw different parts of Greece with the study trips and there was a lot of time to travel on the weekends. Academics were manageable and we had a lot of time to explore the city.

Program: CYA (College Year in Athens)

  • College Year in Athens responded to this review November 04, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Thank you for your feedback! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the program!

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