Location: Athens, the capital of Greece and a European capital that is both rich in history and a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.
Areas of Study:
European and East Mediterranean Studies
Byzantine and Modern/Contemporary Greek Studies
Ancient Greek Studies
Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
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Art & Art History
Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
Political Science/International Relations
Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
Study-Travel: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester to the Peloponnese, Central Greece, and either Crete or Northern Greece (Thessoloniki). When students are not traveling, courses are taught at the CYA academic center in Athens or on-site.
Past examples of internships that in which CYA staff has placed students include:
Special needs education
Film & theater
Writing & editing
Libraries, museums, art galleries
Marketing & advertising
Language of Instruction: English
Duration: One semester or academic year
Fall 2017 semester: August 28 - December 15, 2017
J-term (Archaeological Dig) 2018: January 4 - January 21, 2018
Spring 2018 semester: January 22 - May 18, 2018
Student Body: Approximately 100 students per semester. Since 1962, over 7,500 students from more than 370 North American colleges and universities have studied at CYA!
Faculty: Over 70 percent of CYA faculty hold doctorate degrees, and many are considered global leaders in their fields. See a complete list of our faculty, including bios and CVs, at this link.
Class Size: Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.
Housing: Students live in CYA apartments in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens. Apartments have WiFi and A/C, are furnished, and come with a common area, double and/or single rooms, an outdoor balcony, and an equipped kitchen. The safe and highly desirable neighborhood in which students live has grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, banks, dry cleaning shops, and a weekly farmer's market, as well as many other amenities nearby. Apartments are a 2-10 minute walk from CYA classroom buildings and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops.
Meals: Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on field trips, holidays, and during recess).
Fees: Fees are quoted on our website. Program fees include:
Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
Lunch Monday through Friday (except during field trips, holidays, and during recess)
Study travel (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
Supplemental hospitalization insurance
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Pre-departure guidance and materials (including webinars)
Airport meet-and-assist services
Orientation and acculturation activities
Student support services
Use of course materials during the semester (except Modern Greek Language books)
Free internet access throughout the Academic Center and in student apartments
Transcript sent to home institution and to student
Focus on the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region
Liberal arts curriculum with emphases in Ancient Greek and Latin, Classical Art and Archaeology, History, Literature, and Religion
Honors Tutorial independent study option for advanced students of Classical Studies
Study contemporary Greece and Modern Greek language
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Ancient Art and Archaeology
Political Science and International Relations
Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell
Relevant coursework in subjects such as Art History, Classical Studies, History, Religious Studies