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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Partner Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Internship Available: No Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel, Shared Apartment Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No
Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Robert Dowden
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Communications, Economics, English, European Studies, Greek and Latin, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Theology Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

College Year in Athens - Summer

Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of our summer program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning.

Summer is an exceptional time to study in Greece. Our unique courses are tailored to combine academics with authentic experiences, taking advantage of the sun, the sea and the vibrant summer culture from Athens to the surrounding islands. Explore our country's rich history, get involved in archaeological excavations and delve into the anthropology of food in Greece, and so much more, this summer at CYA.

Seagazing Our summer courses are offered in two consecutive 4-week sessions that run between the end of May and the end of July. They are arranged so that motivated students may earn credit in complementary courses. Students take one course per session. Each 4 week course/session consists of 60 contact hours.

Program Highlights
  • Onsite and experience-based classes
  • Study-travel at breathtaking sites across Greece
  • Personalized attention from dedicated faculty and staff
  • Delve into a subject of interest with intensive course structure
  • Experience the gorgeous Greek summer!

Program fees include tuition, lodging in a furnished student apartment or hotel unit, course materials, a farewell lunch or dinner and, where applicable, field trips and co-curricular activities. Cost varies by course. See the full list of courses below or visit for more information!

CYA summer Summer 2019 Session I Courses, May 27 - June 22, 2019

- The Dawn of Greek Art, From Homer to the Persian Wars (Athens, Paros, Naxos)
- Excavating in the Aegean: The Despotiko Field School (Paros, Antiparos)
- The Dialogue between Greeks and Jews through the Ages (Athens, Thessaloniki)
- Becoming a Traveler: Writing in Greece (Athens, Poros)
- Philosophy Summer Seminar in Athens
- The Geography of Faith: Paul and the Emergence of Christianity in Greece (Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica)

Summer 2019 Session II Courses, June 24 - July 20, 2019
- When Egypt meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (Thera [Santorini], Crete, Athens)
- The Present Past: Re-imagining Greece Through Heritage (Athens, Crete, Anaphi, Rhodes)- Political Economy in Historical Context: From Ancient Greece to Modern Greek Crises (Athens, Delphi, Delos)
- Illegal Antiquities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Naxos, Crete)
- Political Economy in Historical Context: From Ancient Greece to Modern Greek Crises (Athens, Delphi, Delos)
CYA summer
"From mornings on Crete following ancient roads to afternoons spent searching for each town’s best gyros, reenactments of the Olympic Games in the famous stadium, and sunsets in Athens exploring the Acropolis, the College Year in Athens summer was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I know that the lessons I learned, the memories I made, and the people I shared them with will always stay with me. It truly was a life-changing journey and an incredible adventure." - Ioan Bolohan, CYA Summer 2013

Academics & Curriculum
CYA summer courses are offered in two consecutive 4-week sessions and have been arranged so that motivated students may earn credit in complementary courses. Each course, worth 3 credits, has a particular theme and location in Greece. The program includes courses which cover the sites and monuments of ancient Athens, Anthropology/Service Learning on Paros, participation in the excavation of an archaic sanctuary on the island of Despotiko, as well as study-travel courses in Archaeology, History, and Religion that introduce students to major sites in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey. Detailed information on these courses is available on the CYA website.

Accommodation & Meals

Students live in furnished, air-conditioned apartments or hotels with free wireless internet. Most apartments are within a 2-10 minute walk of campus and come with a common area, double and/or single rooms, an outdoor balcony, and an equipped kitchen.

Within walking distance are grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.