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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: College Year in Athens 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Oliver Jones Program type: Third-Party
Area of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art history, Classics, Communication studies, Creative writing, Cultural studies, Eastern European studies, Economics, English, European Studies, Global studies, Greek, History, Latin, Media & Journalism, Peace, war, and defense, Philosophy, Political science, Religious studies, Sociology, Women's and gender studies Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Eligibility: Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Housing options: Apartment (shared), Hotel/Hostel Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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College Year in Athens (Summer)

The past and present of Greece come alive for students on this study abroad program in Athens.

The College Year in Athens' Academic Center, located in the heart of Athens next to the Marble Stadium and near the National Gardens, contains classrooms, administrative offices, and a student lounge. The Center (D.I.K.E.M.E.S) also has a library with reference material for courses; students may also use other libraries in Athens.

The curriculum is designed to make the culture and history of Greece and its neighbors accessible to every student. Students learn through first-hand experience, with Athens' sites, monuments, and works of art surrounding them.


As a European capital city, Athens is the site of major exhibitions, musical events and theatrical productions. Schedules of performances such as those of the Athens Festival and folk dancing at the Dora Stratou Theater are kept at the Academic Center. On the weekends, it is easy to visit one of the islands or a nearby beach.

Courses & Credits

College Year in Athens (CYA) offers intensive three-week programs during the summer. Recent summer courses have included the followng: Discovering Ancient Athens on Site, Becoming a Traveler: Writing in Greece, Greek Tragedy in Performance: Euripides, Modern Greece: Images and Realities (on the island of Paros), and the Anthropology of Food in Greece. Not all courses of study are offered every summer. Please check the CYA homepage (link above) for this summer's offerings.

To make full use of the city's resources, some courses are conducted wholly or partly in museums or on sites. Additionally, faculty-led study-travel is a significant part of the academic program. These trips bring students face-to-face with the sites, monuments, landscape, and people of Greece. Some trips are for the entire student body, while others are for specific classes only.

UNC students may attend one or both sessions (one 3-credit hour course per session). All classes are taught in English, so no previous knowledge of Greek is required. The student-faculty ratio is about 6:1, and the average class size is about 13.

Joint CYA-DIS Course for Summer 2019!
In Summer 2019, CYA is offering a course co-taught with DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia: Tasting Culture: Nordic and Mediterranean Food, Tradition, and Nutrition from July 4 to August 2, 2019. The first two weeks will take place in Denmark, followed by two weeks in Greece. The course fee (tuition, housing, and program activities only) is $5,975. See the budget sheet for estimated additional costs. If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please contact the Study Abroad Advisor directly for application instructions. Students are advised to apply early, as the program may fill up quickly.

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.
Check the UNC Study Abroad website for information on the credit transfer process. All students still must submit the Credit Request Form for all transfer credit courses.
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D.I.K.E.M.E.S. provides simple apartments located on the slopes of the Lykavittos Hill only about a 10-15 minute walk to the center. Students live from two to five in an apartment.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change. College Year in Athens charges different rates per course; refer to the notes section of the budget sheet.
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 it 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
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Application Process

This program has rolling admissions, which means that the Study Abroad Office will make a decision on an application for this program as soon as possible after it is complete. We encourage students to complete their applications early. NOTE: Transcripts must contain the final grades for the semester prior to the application deadline. The deadlines below are the last dates to submit an application.

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. 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.
  2. Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution. You will submit course selection(s) with your application.
  3. 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.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/10/2020
03/05/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1