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
Submitted by Justin Brendel - Haverford College | September 15, 2017
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.
Honey and yougurt
Submitted by Angela Boschetti - Le moyne | September 12, 2017
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!
The year I didn't want to end
Submitted by Jamie Dawes - Emory University | August 30, 2017
It would be an incredible feat if I could sit here and express all the gratitude and love I have for this country, its people, and the program that immersed me in all of it. My life changed because of my year in Greece, and College Year in Athens made that absolutely possible, with the best of their ability. It would have been so easy to let myself be sheltered in my little Pagkrati apartment, but CYA knows how to reach out to even the most shy of students. There was never any shortage of activities outside of schoolwork to immerse students in the culture: I went on hikes with a Greek hiking group most Sundays, and traveled to parts of Greece that most other students never see. I went sailing for three days around the Saronic islands, and I even got to sail to Mykonos. I tried Greek dancing (keyword, tried, but definitely enjoyed) and volunteered in the Agora archives and handled original 1930’s excavation notebooks! Then for the summer (because I couldn’t stand to leave after spring term ended), I became an au pair to a wonderful Greek family.
I packed years of experience into my single year in Greece, and all of that was done with guidance from CYA. They truly respect their students as adults, and that’s why the classes are also as engaging and diverse as they are. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had class on the Acropolis, but I know I’ve been inside the Parthenon twice because of those classes. With the care of one professor, I presented my first academic paper and performed in a comedy by Aristophanes. CYA even provides trips to Crete, Delphi, the Peloponnese, and Thessaloniki led by the wonderful professors who bring not only the ancient and modern history of the places, but also the personal familiarity and humor you can’t find with a typical tour guide.
Of course, since being back in the States, I miss the real Greek gyros and the strong coffee. I miss the friendliness of the shop owners who took personal interests in your life and helped you learn Greek along the way. I miss the weekly farmer’s markets that packed every fruit and vegetable you can imagine. I miss wandering the streets of Athens and using the Acropolis as a personal compass. And not even the last, certainly not the least, I miss the crystal waters of the Aegean. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until I’m back there again, and I encourage everyone to experience this same amazing, unforgettable adventure.
All I could've wished for . . .
Submitted by Dominique - University of Michigan | August 29, 2017
Athens has everything a person could wish for when one is studying abroad. I found an engaging curriculum, a beautiful and historic city, and an active social scene in Athens. There were places to relax and just enjoy life as well as opportunities to climb to the tops of the highest hills of Athens and look out over the sprawling city. Some of my favorite memories are going to the farmers market or going to classes at the Acropolis or Hadrian's Library or the Ancient Agora. I loved being thrown back into time when visiting certain parts of Athens and learning the history. There were also opportunities to learn about political science as well as economics. Athens was an easy city to navigate and I always felt safe. Athens became a part of me and I can't wait to go back!
CYA spring semester
Submitted by Cory Zayance - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | August 19, 2017
Writing an in-depth review on an experience that lasted a month is quite a challenge, so I will attempt to be concise and accurate and cover specific areas of the program.
The living arrangements of the program were excellent. The apartments were roomy, with great utilities that allowed for students to functionally live on their own. I loved how they were situated in actual Greek apartment buildings as opposed to a dormitory building; this immersive style of living threw you right into Greek culture and made you feel as if you were really living in Greece as opposed to staying there.
The academics in CYA were strong overall, and they provided many different resources to better facilitate the learning process. One complaint I would have is that the computers were never functioning well and it was very difficult to print anything. Besides that, the classes and academic center were great.
It wasn't a challenge to immerse yourself in Greek culture, because you were living in it. So, for this part of the experience, I would rate it incredibly high. I even started picking up some Greek from living in Athens, as we weren't situated in a touristy area and thus were exposed to more Greek.
Overall, CYA provided an excellent experience that I will never forget, and I am so happy that I chose to study abroad with this program. I would heavily recommend that anyone student with the desire or means to study abroad consider CYA.