College Year in Athens
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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
Great semester with CYA
Submitted by Maria Kurt - Gettysburg College | May 09, 2018
My semester abroad has been truly amazing! Living in a such a historical city as Athens, I had unique opportunities to have onsite lectures, such as at the Acropolis, or National Archeological Museum. I have been able to see in person, so much of what I had only previously learned in textbooks. And my professors have had so much personal experience, such as being involved in excavations, that they are then able to bring an incredible amount of knowledge into the classroom. CYA also organized great trips throughout the semester, that took us to Olympia, Sparta, Thessaloniki, and so many other amazing places. I have been able to see so much more of Greece then I ever thought I would, and am truly going to miss the culture and the welcoming people, that make this country feel like home.
College Year in Athens responded to this review May 11, 2018 at 10:26 AM
We're so excited to hear from you, Maria! Our professors truly do care using the city of Athens as a "textbook" in itself, and we're glad that you found opportunities to see the varied and beautiful landscapes in Greece!
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Submitted by ms - Washington University in St. Louis | May 08, 2018
CYA is everything and more I wanted from my semester abroad. The place is full of friendly people, beautiful sites, delicious food, and so many reasons to come back to Greece. That, plus the small community, made it so worthwhile. Also, CYA takes students on three breath-taking and thought-provoking trips, making the experience that much more worthwhile.
College Year in Athens responded to this review May 11, 2018 at 10:23 AM
How wonderful that you enjoyed so many parts of your semester abroad with CYA, ms! We take pride in providing a welcoming community and many opportunities to experience the amazing sites of Greece.
Hard to beat the CYA experience!
Submitted by Kyle Harwood - Gettysburg College | May 02, 2018
My study abroad experience with CYA was nothing short of fantastic. Even when you disregard the historical significant, amazing weather, food and people (which are very hard to disregard) CYA has everything a study abroad experience should be. Located in one of Athens best neighbors and located literally right next to one of the cities biggest attractions, CYA does study abroad the right way. The administration, faculty, kitchen staff and professors not only go over the top to accommodate your needs, but assimilate you with the city in any way possible. My study abroad professor have been some of the most knowledgeable individuals I've encountered from an academia perspective. Most of whom have studies across Europe and or the United States in some port in their careers. CYA does a wonderful job incorporating mandated school "field trips" traveling to other parts of Greece, in an educational but fun manner. CYA is continuously sending students email updates regarding volunteer opportunities, local hikes, sporting events, cooking classes to not only help students get the full Athenian experience, but to make your duration of stay in a foreign major city, much smoother. CYA was one of the best decisions I have made in my college career, hands down.
College Year in Athens responded to this review May 11, 2018 at 10:18 AM
Kyle, we appreciate your kind words in this review. It sounds like you took advantage of every aspect of CYA's program and the exciting location of Athens to have a valuable experience during your semester. We hope you stay in touch!
Here for the culture, stay for the people
Submitted by Sonja - Wesleyan University | May 01, 2018
I decided to study abroad here in Greece to make the most of an academically lax, culturally immersive environment. While many of the 'immersive' experiences have been from my own initiative, I have found a new appreciation of the interactive learning that takes places. I am thankful that CYA has includes three mandatory trips throughout the semester to visit archaeological, historical, and religious sites. The professors that accompany us are experts in their field and provide unique insight on the site that would not be as accessible if I were to travel to these places alone. These trips have been one of my most rewarding experiences with CYA. They also encourage students to meet and talk to local people, make local friends, date local people -- whether or not this actually happens is up to you
College Year in Athens responded to this review May 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM
Thank you for your honest review, Sonja! We're incredibly happy to hear that you enjoyed the unique on-site learning activities at CYA and took the initiative to find rewarding cultural experiences on your own - we always try to encourage students to step outside their comfort zones in Greece, and it sounds like you did just that!
My life-changing semester in Greece!
Submitted by Sarah Tokar - Gettysburg College | April 30, 2018
CYA made my time here in Greece absolutely unforgettable! They helped organize everything from pre-departure paperwork to my arrival and even activities throughout the semester that they thought might be fun! One such activity was learning how to carve marble, and at the end of the semester I had my very own masterpiece to show off back in the states. I loved being immersed in the Greek culture— it was so different from America, and so refreshing! Having most of my classes on site was also amazing...it's not very often that you get to stand inside the Parthenon while learning it. All of the staff was truly amazing the entire time I was abroad, and I can honestly say this is a semester I will never forget. I have made some really great lifelong friends here, and can't wait to come back!
College Year in Athens responded to this review May 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Thanks for your review, Sarah! We are so glad to hear that you found the CYA experience so valuable, and we hope that you've gotten lots of compliments on your marble masterpiece :)