College Year in Athens Participant Reviews
College Year in Athens
Submitted by Hanna Graybill - Barnard College | July 14, 2018
CYA is an amazing program for its dedication to academics and cultural experience. The program was supportive but not in a way that was overbearing as their main aim is to create a positive experience for each student. The program is located toward the center of the Athens in a lovely neighborhood and the rest of the city is easily accessible.
Submitted by ayeoh - Wesleyan University | July 13, 2018
Well organized, very helpful staff, rich culture, good trips. Professors were very insightful and were engaging during field trips. There was a good balance between free time and organized activities.
Greek-American Experiences Greece
Submitted by Angel - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | July 11, 2018
I always wanted to go to Greece, being Greek-American. By doing CYA, I had some of the best experiences of my life. I took the Travel Writing class, even though I am a math major. I loved my experience with CYA. To start, the academics were challenging, but not overbearing. CYA did a great job balancing exploring and learning. They encouraged us to get out and explore Greece. Class time was used well and I learned a lot about myself and about travel writing. My writing skills improved in many ways, and I found a new skill for food writing. I think anyone could find a course at CYA that they find interesting. I would say taking a course unrelated to your major, or your comfort zone, could prove to be more beneficial to you.
The living situations over the course were great. The apartment in Athens was homey and probably one of the nicer places in Athens. It had air conditioning, wifi, and a balcony view. It also was decorated to really make you live like an Athenian and get into the Greek culture. The apartment reminded me of my childhood home, coming from a Greek family. The hotels they provided for outside Athens were really nice. They had wifi and air conditioning and were located in lively areas.
CYA allowed you to get as culturally immersed as you wanted to. If you wanted to stay in your comfort zone, you could eat at places like Dominoes or Mcdonalds. You could talk to only your roommates, or you could break out and get to know local Greeks. You can try and find places where the locals eat, where there is no menu in English because there aren't many tourists. Most of the people attending the program wanted to get as culturally immersed as possible. The staff helps you do it by listing activities you could do and by taking you on some group activities. The entire staff is some of the best, and they really seemed to care about the students. They made sure we were safe and overall, the locations we went to were all safe.
The students attending the program provided a great community. I made so many lifelong friends, and I think most people did, too. CYA gave us enough free time to take day trips to nearby islands and weekend trips to farther places. I was able see so much more of Greece by attending CYA, than if I had gone any other way. I loved my time in Greece and I think anyone would love CYA.
Submitted by rach123 - University of Puget Sound | June 26, 2018
My time in Athens was really great. I felt that I had a deeper experience as a homestay student. Similarly, I felt that saving my international travel for after the program allowed me to really get to know Athens and Greece.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 29, 2018 at 12:46 PM
Thank you so much for your review! The home-stay option is a truly special and unique experience, and we are so happy to hear that it had such a great impact on you! We hope that you will stay in touch with all of us at CYA!
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.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 29, 2018 at 12:45 PM
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad to hear that your time in Greece was so well spent! We truly hope that you will keep in touch with CYA!
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.
College Year in Athens responded to this review July 06, 2018 at 9:51 AM
Thank you for your feedback, studentinathens! We are happy to hear you felt supported by our staff and that you enjoyed our facilities and student services. We are always trying to improve our programming and orientation to include activities that will allow students to integrate and make new friends both within the program and outside of it. We hope students take advantage of the many opportunities to engage with Greeks their age, including participating in Greek language labs, joining local clubs or sports teams, and volunteering at organizations and businesses within the community. We hope the ways you engaged with CYA and the Athens community deepened your experience overseas!
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!
The best experience of my life...
Submitted by gabrielle_fick - University of Colorado | June 08, 2018
3 weeks after coming home and I want to go back. I had long yearned for a study abroad experience that challenged me but at the same time felt right. A few months prior to traveling to Greece, I questioned whether I should have picked a place more comfortable like London or Sydney; but boy am I glad I did not play it safe. Greece was an incredible, beautiful country filled with the most passionate and rich group of people. CYA provides many opportunities for extracurricular activities, but it is easy to find your own things to do as well. I ate out most nights as food was extremely cheap and delicious. Pangrati was a wonderful neighborhood full of locals so I really felt immersed into the community. The optional trips were amazing as I most likely would not have seen the places we went to. My favorite was the Peloponnese trip. The CYA staff is so friendly and they care very much about each individual student. Sometimes I, along with my friends, did feel slightly babied by the administration but it’s only because they truly want you to have the best experience possible. I chose to travel mostly around Greece (contrary to my original plans) and I am so happy I did. Greece is such a unique and incredible country, and in my opinion, my favorite. This experience was the best of my entire life and I will continuously look back on it with the fondest of memories and lessons that I can cherish today.
College Year in Athens responded to this review June 13, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Thank you so much for your glowing review Gabrielle! We truly love hearing how much you loved your semester with CYA, and that you were able to take advantage of every opportunity presented to you! We really hope that you will stay in touch with us in the future!