Athens, the capital of Greece, is a bustling city that has a dynamic atmosphere architecturally, artistically, historically, and culturally with Mediterranean ties to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. The city itself juxtaposes ancient Greek ruins with a modern city.
Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
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Academic Field Study:
- Art & Art History
- Classical Studies
- Cultural Heritage
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
- Political Science
- Urbanism & Sustainability
Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester to locations such as the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Crete and Northern Greece (Thessaloniki). When students are not traveling, courses are taught at the CYA academic center in Athens or on-site.
CYA provides and connects students with a number of extracurricular activities and internships/service learning. While we can help students find activities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:
- Athletic activities
- Greek dance
- Greek cooking
- Athens Marathon
- Annual Student Conference
Past examples of internships and volunteer opportunities:
Language of Instruction:
- Refugee aid
- Soup kitchens
- Environmental groups
- Animal welfare
- Special needs education
- Education - English as a second language
- Education - kindergarten/elementary
- Film & theater
- Libraries, museums, art galleries
- Marketing & advertising
- Social Media/Digital Content Creation
One semester or academic year
Approximately 150 students per semester. Since 1962, over 10,000 students from more than 550 English-Speaking colleges and universities have studied at CYA!
Over 92 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
Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.
Students live in CYA apartments within residential buildings 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's Academic Center and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops. Homestays are also available to students who wish to dive deeper into Greek culture and family lifestyle. Students stay in hotels while on trips.
Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on holidays, and during recess) On academic field study breakfast is included instead of lunch.
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)
- Academic Field Study (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
- Supplemental hospitalization insurance
- 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 (unless you require a school of record transcript)
“College Year in Athens gave me the best semester of my entire life. From the exciting weekend trips to daily class visits to the Ancient Acropolis, I had a life changing experience at least once a week. Learning about ancient history while standing in the place where it took place was simply awe-inspiring.” Ariel Kline - Gettysburg College (Fall 2019)
CYA also offers Summer, Gap Year, Virtual Internship, and Executive programs. To find out more, visit our website.
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Academic disciplines included in the program are listed above. Visit the CYA website for detailed course descriptions. UNC students are required to study Modern Greek and may take Ancient Greek/Latin if they wish.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as the Budget Sheet is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access