College Year in Athens
College Year in Athens Programs
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,...
College Year in Athens Reviews
Go to Greece!
Submitted by clang5 - Brandeis University | June 25, 2018
Greece is beautiful and undervalued. You will not regret your semester abroad if you choose to study there. Since CYA is a dedicated study abroad institution, your semester is fully planned and optimized as they known that you're a student coming from the USA. We had a lot of freedom, other than the mandatory field trips that took place for a week 2x during the semester. But still, we were being brought to stunning sites I probably wouldn't have traveled to otherwise. I miss Greece as I write this, and that's how you know it was a good semester abroad.
decent for what it is
Submitted by studentinathens - University of Southern California | June 24, 2018
Before you decide to go forward with this program, you have to recognize the implications of its structure. It's essentially a 3rd party American school with ~100 students. Personally, the students made this feel like a high school summer camp and that made it stuffy and less of an enjoyable experience (but maybe you'll have better peers in your semester). It's also harder to meet actual Greeks your age. I will say though that the size of this program makes it easier for them to be attentive to your needs, which they did, and a lot of facilities/services are taken care of for you (housing, weekday lunches, etc.), which removes a sizable burden off your shoulders.
Like no other!
Submitted by Shai Nickerson - UNC Chapel Hill | June 09, 2018
Henry Miller once said that “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” The world has magnificent depth, and through study abroad with CYA, I believe that I have been transformed into a mature, well-rounded person who can appreciate this depth in every aspect of my life. Renown as an inevitable side-effect of living abroad is a person’s extraordinary, widened perspective. I have been thrust into a culture that is not my own, and I have accepted and learned from this unfamiliar environment. I now have a greater appreciation for other cultures as well as my own. It’s easy to get stuck in the bubble of your own experience, but studying abroad teaches you that there’s so much more out there. Other long-term benefits include enhanced flexibility and independence; it takes a lot of this to thrive abroad. I believe that studying abroad with CYA has acted as a catalyst; transforming me into a strong individual that can handle the challenges thrown at me. CYA has also contributed to one of the largest choices of my life, in my decision to pursue a career in study abroad. The entire experience, from applying and preparing to come to Greece to my actual time spent studying with CYA, was just very enjoyable and influential. Throughout my time in Greece, I have met the most compassionate people, from the CYA staff to the Greek locals. I have never had a helpless moment; there has always been someone happy to help me through the troubles I have faced. My experiences with CYA provided me with a plethora of unforgettable experiences, priceless friendships, and it also allowed me to solidify a path for my future.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2018 at 8:27 AM
Thank you so much for your kind review Shai! We absolutely love to hear that your time in Greece with CYA had such a large personal impact on you. It truly sounds like you were able to make the most out of your time abroad, and that you had amazing results from it! We really hope that you will stay in touch with us in the future!
Submitted by E2244 - Fairfield University | June 08, 2018
College Year in Athens was such an enjoyable study abroad program. Classes, field trips, and exploring Greek life couldn’t have been more enriching. I’m so thrilled that I chose to come and Greece is one of the most beautiful countries. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend four months anywhere else!
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2018 at 8:23 AM
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with CYA, and were able to take advantage of the opportunities presented! We hope that you will keep in touch with us!
Studying in Athens with CYA
Submitted by djjenkins - Knox College | June 08, 2018
It was incredible experience and well organized; I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in travel and/or learning about different cultures. Greece is full of history, and CYA does an amazing job of showing and highlighting some of the most important parts for students.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with CYA, and we hope that you will keep in touch with us!