CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program

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CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 60 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to activ... read more

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July 13, 2024 So Many Memories
I learned a lot about navigating unfamiliar territory both literally and metaphorically and getting more comfortable doing things outside my comfort zone or without my friends. I also learned a lot about Greek values and general ways of life and I learned what aspects of that I wanted to bring back with me to America. Going abro... - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program
From my experience abroad, I gained a sense of confidence that will last a lifetime. After navigating a completely new country, language and culture, I know that I can handle anything. Not only was it an experience I will never forget with friendships that I will have forever, but I know that I can always return to Athens and fe... - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I learned so much and it was the best experience of my life. As someone who hadn't traveled abroad much, it was so amazing to explore so many new places and have my worldview challenged and changed. My whole perspective on life is forever changed by my time abroad! - University of Southern California View Entire Review
Going abroad really made feel more like an adult since I had to navigate a completely different culture. Being at CYA was definitely worthwhile, the students were amazing and the trips CYA planned were so much fun. Many students travel around Europe but never get the opportunity to explore Greece. The field studies were an amazi... - University of Southern California View Entire Review
June 05, 2024 I <3 Athens
I feel much more confident traveling and generally being a person on my own. I would go again 100% - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that life should be taken in stride. We are so stressed and anxious about problems in our lives that we forget what it means to live. We forget that joy of existence, the potential. I learned to look at people as inherently good who can be misguided by their daily stressors. Once those stressors are removed, people can... - Cornell University View Entire Review
Getting outside of the US and learning about subjects from a different perspective was incredibly valuable to my education. It was very worthwhile and I would encourage every student to study abroad. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 09, 2024 Transformative
My name is Amira and I was in the CYA program for the winter semester in 2023 and it was an unforgettable experience. Oftentimes individuals travel because they believe they may ‘find themselves’ and I believe that as a person you do not find yourself, you make yourself. Being part of the CYA program helped give me the tools to ... - DePaul University View Entire Review
I learned a lot from my experience abroad. Firstly, I took courses that piqued my interest academically, pushing me into different academic and professional directions. The program also helped me secure a position that was a stepping stone for me professionally. While the position did not last long, it gave me tremendous and app... - Bates College View Entire Review
I gained an enormous sense of independence, curiosity, appreciation for different ways of life, reflection on who I am as a person and who I want to be, appreciation for beauty, optimism, and amazing friends! It was 100% worthwhile. - Pomona College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained much more independence and confidence in myself and my ability to travel. I also gained another perspective and learned a lot from the Greek people I interacted with. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
December 28, 2023 Experience Of A Lifetime
This semester in Athens offered to me through CYA was the opportunity of a lifetime. Everyone at CYA from the faculty, admin, and support staff to the students are all so wonderful and happy to have you around. They are always willing to share a smile and help you with anything you need. The academics could have an appropriate c... - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
December 25, 2023 Growing Experience
I learned a lot about myself as a traveller, partner, and person. I think it was worthwhile because I was able to do so much things I never would have done without the program. - University of Southern California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program
July 02, 2024 12/10
Studying abroad in Greece was incredibly worthwhile. It broadened my horizons beyond engineering, offering a deeper appreciation for history and culture. Exploring ancient ruins and learning about local traditions enriched my understanding of global perspectives. It's an experience that continues to shape my academic and persona... - Fairfield University View Entire Review
June 24, 2024 Best Choice Ever!
I learned so much about Greece, we travelled all over the country. - Brown University View Entire Review
June 13, 2024 So Fun!
I learned so much about Greek culture and made wonderful friends! - University of Southern California View Entire Review
I gained a real deep understanding of Greek culture, which I believe most Americans don't actually know much about. I made strong local friendships. I witnessed political and social issues unfolding around me and really felt like a global citizen. I also learned that I want to live in Europe after I graduate college! - University of Southern California View Entire Review
June 02, 2024 Best Semester Ever
My semester in Athens with CYA has been transformative. I achieved both academic and personal growth, made lifelong friends, and gained a more balanced understanding of the world. I learned to adapt to different environments, tolerate and embrace differences, and develop intercultural communication capacities. - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
I grew so much in independence during my semester abroad as I learned how to navigate life in a different environment and culture. It is definitely something I would recommend to anyone considering it! - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
May 20, 2024 A Unique Way To
I learned to be more independent and how to adjust to a new, international city while balancing my responsibilities. I learned how to optimize my schedule to explore new places and made the most of every day. It was very worthwhile to my development. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned most about other people and myself. It really opened me up to other experiences. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about both ancient and contemporary Greek, and Europe in general, history. I learned how to integrate into a different culture and to appreciate the differences in life style. I also made some life long friends. - Reed College View Entire Review
January 04, 2024 Best Time Ever
I gained a sense of independence. I made myself uncomfortable so that I could achieve the ability to find ways to make myself comfortable. I think this experience showed me a lot about who I am. I would 100% do it again if I could. - DePaul University View Entire Review
I wouldn’t trade my semester at CYA for anything. The academic classes were engaging and integrative, and the friendships I made have been long-lasting. I would recommend this program to any student looking for an immersive and enriching study abroad experience in a beautiful country. - Columbia University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and the ways I can thrive in environments unfamiliar to me. In addition to everything I learned in class, I learned more from the friends I made and being in the city. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review


CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 60 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to actively engage with their course material. Students live in apartments in downtown Athens and will be inspired to immerse themselves in the environment and expand their worldview. Athens, a European capital, is a vibrant city rich in history, a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.

The CYA curriculum comprises a diverse set of courses taught by expert faculty. A strong emphasis is placed on both contemporary and ancient studies, focusing on European and East Mediterranean Area Studies. Courses are taught in English, but language courses (Modern and Ancient Greek, Latin) are also available. Classroom lectures are complemented by volunteer/internship opportunities, onsite courses and field study to major historic and contemporary sites in Athens and to various parts of Greece (included in tuition).

In addition to the academic program, CYA encourages students to become involved in extracurricular activities and explore the Greek culture and life independently on weekends. Our ultimate goal is for students to return home academically empowered, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to furthering international and intercultural understanding.

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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Latin Language, Literature
  • Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Global Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Business
  • History
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CYA (College Year in Athens) Scholarships

The CYA Board of Trustees has set aside funds for supplemental scholarships for academically qualified students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships for students applying for a semester or academic year are customarily awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to approximately half the amount of tuition. These scholarships are intended as credit against CYA fees and should not be used to reduce the financial aid package awarded through the home institution. Since CYA scholarships are given as an adjustment in the program fees, rather than as funds received by the student, they may cause a reduction of the student's demonstrated need. Often this means that a scholarship from CYA would not be beneficial because it would cause an equivalent reduction in the amount of financial aid awarded by the applicant's home school.


*For consideration in the primary allotment of CYA scholarship aid (fall and spring semesters), complete applications should be received by April 1. Late fall application should send their paperwork in as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis. Late spring application should send their papework in by October 30. Their applications will be reviewed at the beginning of November. Late spring application will be reviewed thereafter on a rolling basis.

Only students who have been accepted to College Year in Athens for a semester or academic year will be considered for an award