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
My big fat Greek semester
Submitted by Glyn - UNC Chapel Hill | July 12, 2017
I love my home institution, and was reluctant to miss an entire semester to go abroad. However, it was the best decision I could have made for myself as a college student. Furthermore, choosing Greece was the next best decision. I have little to no complaints about my time with CYA, because I had such a wonderful experience in Athens. The course schedule and rigor was perfect for a study abroad program, in that the workload and difficulty allowed us to travel on weekends without feeling behind or bogged down with work. After all, I learned more outside of the classroom than I ever could have inside. The food was unreal, especially the tavernas. Eating at a taverna with friends, sharing food and wine, was always the highlight of my day/week/maybe even semester. The affordability within Greece was a plus, as well as how cheap it was to fly to and from Europe on the weekends. The best part, however, were the people. Greeks may get a bad rep for being lazy and in debt, but they are the nicest most genuine people. I felt so welcome in their country, and never unsafe. They loved practicing their English on us and when we would brutally attempt to speak in their language to them. I look back on my semester with CYA with such fond memories, and even new friends. One month after coming home I had already seen my two roommates that I met abroad! I didn't just find new friends abroad however, I found new parts of myself.
Submitted by cstokes - Notre Dame | June 19, 2017
Great program, very good teachers, classes were a little too long, great community, loved the field trips, felt like the administration tried to dissuade people from traveling around Europe on the weekends, some of the costs (washing machine) were much too high, food was great, general resources were good, I had a great time
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Thanks, cstokes, for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the program and professors! We hope you were able to check some places off your bucket list while also basking in all that Athens has to offer!
Submitted by Student - Susquehanna University | June 16, 2017
CYA overall was not a well prepared program for people who have never traveled before and did not inform its students enough in the academic department and the professors were unprepared for students.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM
Thank you for your feedback! The study-travel incorporated into the CYA curriculum is a key part of the CYA experience, and while we know it can be a challenge for students who have not traveled before, we hope to provide enough support to allow the courses and trips to be experiences of growth. We hope you returned with confidence in your new skills!
Submitted by gbra - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | June 07, 2017
My time with CYA was unforgettable. I only have positive things to say about my abroad experience. I highly recommend this program. The classes were appropriately challenging for an abroad program. Staff was friendly and helpful. Location of the school and apartments was ideal.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2017 at 1:43 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We're elated that your time in Greece had such a positive impact on you.
Submitted by Erika - Pomona College | June 06, 2017
I really enjoyed my semester in Athens with CYA. Some of the classes were better than others (it was kinda inconsistent), but the program trips are awesome and you have a fair amount of free time for traveling and seeing the city, etc. It was a great experience, and I absolutely loved Greece!
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are constantly improving our course offerings, taking into account all of the comments and suggestions from students after they complete the program. We're really happy that you enjoyed your time in Athens!