College Year in Athens (CYA)

College Year in Athens (CYA)


Active professors in the US and Canada who are CYA alumni


Average number of Athenian cats adopted by students each semester


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Who We Are

CYA is a non-profit educational institution that offers semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece. We offer an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean - a rapidly changing region with a uniquely varied past. We place an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, providing you with hands-on learning in the rich environment of Greece. Many classes are held on-site and many students participate in service learning, internships, and volunteering, adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of the subject. CYA is dedicated to fostering personal discovery, growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Our ultimate goal is for you to return home academically inspired, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to the furtherance of international and intercultural understanding.

Diversity Statement

We believe that diverse study abroad programs enrich all individuals and communities involved. CYA is committed to actively building diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic status in our student community. CYA is also committed to building a team of staff who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of our mission. As a result, we recognize our responsibility to help make the CYA experience accessible by providing support before, during, and after the program for every student.

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