My Time with CYA
Submitted by Jack - Washington DC The George Washington University | September 28, 2015
I studied abroad with CYA in the spring of 2015. I am of Greek descent, and so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to study in Greece. Going into the semester, I didn't really expect much from the program and I had no strong feelings about CYA one way or another.
However, once I got the Greece and started experiencing life in Athens, I came to quickly appreciate CYA. They made sure that everything from finding your apartment on the first day to finding an internship in Athens was as easy and trouble-free as possible. They have a wonderful woman, Nadia, who connected me and my friends with several different organizations, including recreational sports, hiking, academic groups, and even teaching English to refugees.
Even more, CYA provided us with several wonderful trips through Greece. These trips are super fun (literally driving through beautiful Greece -- trust me, it's stunning), and they're at no extra cost. We went to Delphi, Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city), Sparta, and a plethora of archaeological sites. I wish I could do it again!
Regarding academics, CYA can really be whatever you want it to be. I managed to get all of my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I had a four-day weekend every week. My days with classes were busy, but two of my classes met on-site, and so I would spend my mornings walking archaeological sites and visiting ancient monuments. For one of my classes, we actually held class inside some of the monuments, such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Propylaia. 10/10 would do it again.
My only qualm with CYA is how much time you spend with other American students. I didn't end up making too many Greek friends, as most of my time was spent with my classmates. However, I think this was more my fault than anyone else's, as CYA provided ample support for people looking to get involved in the city and community -- I just didn't take advantage of that as I should have.
Over all, I loved CYA and can't recommend it highly enough.
if you like art, architecture, history, then you'l
Submitted by Jamie - Greece | October 21, 2009
Recommended if interested in art, architecture, history. The organization of the program could be better, but it's OK. Also the living situation could be better. I'd recommend it.
Greece is amazing but the program had many...
Submitted by Alene A. - Greece | May 11, 2009
Greece is amazing but the program had many annoying mandatory weekend-long fieldtrips.
The experience was great, but the program...
Submitted by CJudson - Greece | April 06, 2009
The experience was great, but the program itself was rather unorganized and too large.
Some classes and professors were extremely good, others were rather mediocre. The best aspect of the program was its location in the middle of Athens, the access to sites + museums, and the opportunities to travel on your own.