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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: College Year in Athens 
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Anne Leen - Classics Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Business Administration, Classics, Earth and Environmental Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Theatre Arts
Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit Credit Hours Per Term: 12 credits, 15 credits, 18 credits
Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, State Aid Housing: Apartment, Hotel
Program Description:
CYA Fast Facts

Location: Athens, the capital of Greece


Areas of Study:
  • European and East Mediterranean Studies
  • Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
  • Ancient Greek Studies
On-site class

Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
*For detailed course information, including online syllabi, please visit our website 
  • Anthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Archaeology
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnography
  • History
  • Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Religion
  • Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
Study Travel: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during faculty-led trips to the Peloponnese, Central Greece, and either Crete or Northern Greece (Thessoloniki). When students are not traveling, courses are taught at the CYA academic center in Athens or on-site.
Field trip

Extracurricular Activities:
CYA provides and connects students with a number of extracurriular activities. While we can help students find act
ivities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:
  • Film screenings
  • Athletic actvities
  • Lectures
  • Greek dance
  • Greek cooking
  • Debates
  • Community service and volunteering
Language of Instruction: English

Duration: One or two semesters

  • Fall 2016 semester: August 29 - December 17, 2016
  • Spring 2017 semester: January 23 - May 20, 2017
  • Fall 2017 semester: August 28 - December 15, 2017
  • Spring 2018 semester: January 22 - May 18, 2018
Student body

Student Body: Approximately 100 students per semester. Since 1962, over 7,500 students from more than 370 North American colleges and universities have studied at CYA!

Faculty: Over 70 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

Class Size: Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.

Housing: Students live in CYA apartments 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 classroom buildings and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops.

Greek food

Meals: Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on field trips, holidays, and during recess).

Fees: Fees are quoted on our website. Program fees include:
  • Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
  • Housing
  • Lunch Monday through Friday (except during field trips, holidays, and during recess)
  • Study travel (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
  • Supplemental hospitalization insurance
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • 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


Students will submit both a study away application to Furman University and a separate application for College Year in Athens.  Students may work on both applications simultaneously; however, College Year in Athens will not accept a Furman student until the student has undergone the Furman application process and been approved by Furman to participate in the CYA program. Students are responsible for applying to CYA by the appropriate application deadline.

Once accepted by CYA, students must submit a Transfer Course Authorization Form to the Registrar at Furman in order to be pre-approved to receive credits for the classes he or she will take abroad.  Please contact the Registrar at Furman with questions specific to this form.


Furman students will be billed by Furman for the cost of the CYA program.  Students are not responsible for paying published costs for Furman tuition, room, or board during their semester away and will only be responsible for the billed amount of their CYA semester plus a $500 Furman study away administrative fee due two weeks after receiving acceptance from Furman to attend the program.


Students are eligible to apply Federal and State financial aid towards the cost of College Year in Athens program. Furman institutional aid and scholarships will not be applied to the program cost.


Anne Leen
Office: Furman Hall 134C


This program is currently not accepting applications.