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
The best semester of my life
Submitted by Chardae Walker - Gettysburg College | April 02, 2018
College Year in Athens (CYA) was the best program I could’ve asked for. We had classes only four days a week, leaving us the whole weekend to do what we want. We went on three mandatory trips this semester: Crete, Delphi, and the Peloponnese. These trips were filled with great bonding activities to get to know most of the people there, great food, and a lot of archeological sites. Each trip was educational yet fun. It was nice to explore different parts of Greece outside of Athens. The people at CYA are also some of the best. The professors really pushed us to explore all that Athens had to offer by giving us place young and old people go and giving us some local spots that most tourists and visitors know nothing about. They were always so helpful and welcoming but not at all overbearing. We were very free to go out, experience new things, and actually talk about what we experienced in Athens during class lectures and such. I can definitely say that my time in Athens would not have been as memorable or enjoyable without CYA and the staff with in it.
The people of Athens are pretty special and resilient in my eyes. I learned a lot about the history of Athens and all the struggles the people there have faced throughout the years and continue to face with the current state of their economy. They continue to be brave and continue to smile and enjoy life even with such harsh conditions right now. That’s the biggest thing I took away from my time there. Athens taught me how to enjoy every moment of life. Being American, we get so consumed with not doing enough or we tend to focus so much on future goals that we don’t enjoy or celebrate the things we have already accomplished. Seeing the people of Athens smile and still enjoy life even though many of them are going broke and losing jobs made me take a step back and really enjoy what I have. The people also taught me to be fearless. Before going, I was so worried about what could go wrong abroad and I was so scared of being in a new place with completely new faces. I knew no one going there but I gained a new confidence and fearlessness from them. I even stayed in a country by myself for two days, which is a big accomplishment for me since I hate going anywhere alone. Athens was overall an amazing experience and made me a better person in the end. All I can say is Thankyou!
College Year in Athens responded to this review April 10, 2018 at 9:28 AM
Thank you for your thorough review, Chardae! It's so exciting to hear that you felt that your semester in Athens left you a more confident, knowledgeable, and intentional person. We're grateful to have you stay connected to CYA as an Ambassador now!
The CYA experience
Submitted by Cara - Gettysburg College | March 02, 2018
Before I even arrived in Greece, I felt so welcomed by the CYA staff. From their assistance on getting together the right materials and documents needed for studying abroad, to organizing transportation from the airport upon our arrival, CYA ensured that we were prepared for a great semester of new experiences. The courses offered by CYA were all so unique and the program field trips that were included in our semester allowed me to see places I never imagined I would visit.
College Year in Athens responded to this review April 10, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Thanks for your review and for sharing your gorgeous photos, Cara! We're so happy to hear that you felt welcomed and supported throughout your semester. Hope to see you in Greece again someday!
Submitted by Peyton - Indiana University- Bloomington | February 04, 2018
What a wonderful program! From living in the city center of Athens to the brilliant professors and staff, I cannot imagine a better study abroad. This program includes three field trips to other areas of Greece with instruction by the professors (aka the experts in their fields). Additionally, my classes all took field trips around Athens to museums, sites, and cafes. The locals welcomed us students into the neighborhood. I miss Greece already!
College Year in Athens responded to this review February 09, 2018 at 7:55 AM
Thank you for your review, Peyton! We're so happy to hear that you felt the onsite components of our program really enriched your experience, and that you felt so at home in the wonderful neighborhood of Pangrati!
Interesting and would go again
Submitted by harpb - Gettysburg College | January 25, 2018
I loved the program, despite some minor flaws (like some class schedules don't encourage as much immersion as others, my friends had difficulty with health care/getting help from the emergency phone). The staff was amazing and caring.
College Year in Athens responded to this review January 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM
Thanks so much for your review, harpb! We're so glad that you felt welcomed and that you enjoyed your semester in Athens! We are always continuing to improve our emergency protocol and resources to ensure that students' health and safety remains our top priority and thank you for your feedback.
Best experience of my life
Submitted by Bdec - Notre Dame | January 24, 2018
I had the most transformative best experience of my life in Greece, especially because of cya. The trips, the fact that people truly are invested in you/ care about you, and the support that cya offers makes the experience even greater.
College Year in Athens responded to this review January 25, 2018 at 10:20 AM
Thanks for your kind words, Bdec! We're elated that you had such a great experience in Greece - it seems that you made the most from the opportunities and support provided by our staff!