Athens has a city whose history stretches back over three thousand years. The modern city extends to the Mediterranean Sea, and is interspersed with remains from Classical antiquity, the middle ages and the early modern eras of Eastern Mediterranean history. Not far from Athens are countryside villages and the islands that retain traditions and a lifestyle that go back centuries. This combination of history, tradition and environment make living in Athens and Greece not only exciting but also a daily learning experience. Athens enhances that learning experience by being conveniently located for travel to other cities in Europe and to Turkey and Egypt.
Course of Study
This term is offered through the College Year in Athens (CYA), a private educational institution that has provided a foreign study program to American colleges and universities for over fifty years. Students take four courses which are offered in a broad range of areas related to ancient and modern Greece: a required course in Modern Greek Culture and Language; at least one course from an approved list of courses in Greek art, archaeology, history, or religion and mythology; and two additional courses, which may be selected from a wide range of offerings in philosophy; Ancient Greek; Modern Greek; Latin; Greek ethnography and anthropology; ancient History; Byzantine history; the religions of Greece and the Middle East; ancient Religion; European and Mediterranean Politics; Political Science/International Relations; and Urban Planning & Sustainability.
In addition, students go on three CYA sponsored field trips that are coordinated with their course work in Greek art, archaeology, history, or religion and mythology: a five-day field trip to Crete, a four-day trip into the Peloponnese, and a three-day trip to Delphi. Optional trips are offered each weekend that are coordinated with course work in other areas of study. Frequently, classes in Athens take place "on site" in a museum or at an archaeological excavation.
Students reside in apartments in Athens with other CYA students from American colleges and universities. The apartments are in central Athens and are no more than a twenty-minute walk from the main academic center and classroom buildings of CYA.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- February: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Early September: Program begins
- Mid-December: Program ends