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Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Semester/Academic Year)

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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Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Summer)

Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of CYA's summer program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning....

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College Year in Athens Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    9

Study Abroad with CYA was the best choice

There are not enough words or time in the world to describe how amazing studying abroad in Athens with CYA was. Three and a half months in the fall flew by so fast, but the memories and the friendships and the moments will stay with me for the rest of my life. The academics were incredible because many of my classes were on site, at the acropolis, in the museums, at the churches. We were able to see in person all of the artwork and sculpture and history that we were learning about, and I think that made such a huge difference in my learning. The field trips were so much fun, and I loved being able to see so many different parts of Greece. It really made me appreciate the country as a whole, and to think of things other than the parthenon when someone mentions Greece. The people, both students in the program and Greek community members were all very friendly and welcoming. I grew so close with the other students sharing the experience with me and I really got to know the locals. All in all, I absolutely loved my experience with CYA and I wouldn't trade those memories for the world.

Program: Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Semester/Academic Year)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Fulfilled every cliché!

Whenever I asked anyone how their experience abroad was, I received the same phrases every time: "amazing!" "completely life changing!" "best four months of my life!" I boarded the plane to Athens, Greece, nervous and unsure about what to expect from CYA– but safe to say the experience fulfilled every single expectation I had. When I returned, I was the one using all those cliché phrases to describe my time abroad, and meaning every single one of them.

The best part of CYA is the people. I love that they draw from colleges all over the US, it allowed me to make some truly amazing friends and greatly helped the adjustment to a new country as we were all figuring it out together. The professors and staff were unparalleled as well. They truly cared greatly about the students and went out of their way to help us find activities and new things to experience. One of my professors invited our class over for a traditional Greek meal at his apartment. Not only were we able to see a different neighborhood of Athens with stunning sweeping views of the city, but it was wonderful to experience that one of a kind Greek hospitality firsthand through sharing a meal with friends. None of my professors at my home institution have ever opened their home up to us like this.

The academic aspect of the program is outstanding due to the integration of on site classes and field trips!! My archeology class often was held on top of the acropolis! The field trips to Crete, Delphi, and the Peloponnese were my favorite aspects of the program. You are never going to experience learning this way anywhere else!

I recommend this program to anyone. It's a stunningly beautiful country with a true sense of hospitality. I left Greece with a greater appreciation for life, newfound confidence and independence, and some life-long friendships. It's an experience that will stay with you forever.

Program: Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Semester/Academic Year)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Intensive modern Greek 2000

Studying abroad in Paros, Greece With CYA was the best thing I have ever done from an educational standpoint. I can't say enough good things about the intensive modern Greek program. The classroom size, teaching methodology, excursions and overall ambience was memorable.

Program: Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Semester/Academic Year)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Life Changing

I loved CYA. Without doubt, my time in Athens was one of the most formative experiences I have ever had. I learned so much about Greek culture, architecture, and language, but I also learned a lot about myself. I cannot wait to return. Also, the friendships I made with my professors and community members were the most impactful for me. No offense to my classmates, but I found that the people I engaged with when stepping out into discomfort were typically the most meaningful to me.

Program: Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Semester/Academic Year)

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Honey and yougurt

One of the best experiences of my life. I learned a lot about who I was, how to travel, and what it was like to live in the most culturally rich city of Athens. The classes helped making adapting to the different culture manageable. However, it was the teachers and my classmates who really made this experience remarkable. I felt as if we were in a safe space where everyone was accepted. If I could I would go back and take these classes again. If you plan on going don't forget to try the yougurt and honey!! Seems kind of odd at first, but it's delicious!

Program: Study Abroad in Greece with CYA! (Summer)

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