College Year Athens
Location: Athens, the capital of Greece and a European capital that is both rich in history and a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.
Areas of Study:
- European and East Mediterranean Studies
- Byzantine and Modern/Contemporary Greek Studies
- Ancient Greek Studies
Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
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- Art & Art History
- Classical Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
- Political Science/International Relations
- Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
Study-Travel: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester 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.
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:
Past examples of internships that in which CYA staff has placed students include:
- Film screenings
- Athletic activities
- Greek dance
- Greek cooking
- Refugee aid
- Soup kitchens
- Environmental groups
- Animal welfare
- Special needs education
- Film & theater
- Writing & editing
- Libraries, museums, art galleries
- Marketing & advertising
Language of Instruction: English
Duration: One semester or academic year
- Fall 2017 semester: August 28 - December 15, 2017
- J-term (Archaeological Dig) 2018: January 4 - January 21, 2018
- Spring 2018 semester: January 22 - May 18, 2018
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.
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:
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- Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
- 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
How to Apply
Submit a study away application to Furman University by Furman’s application deadline. Applicants will meet with a representative from the Study Away office for an interview. If accepted by Furman, students will be pre-approved and will apply directly to the affiliate program. Students must successfully complete the affiliate program's application and be accepted by the affiliate program to participate.
Once accepted by the affiliate program, students must submit a Transfer Credit Authorization Form to the Registrar at Furman in order to be pre-approved to receive credit for classes taken abroad. Please contact the Registrar at Furman if you have questions related to the form.
Transfer Course Grades and Academic Credits:
- Taught by instructors from a host institution
- Grades are not factored into the Furman GPA
- A grade of at least a C- (or the equivalent) must be achieved in order for the academic credits to transfer into Furman University
- Students who earn a grade (or equivalency) below a C- will not earn Furman academic credit for a course taken at another institution
- Course credits that are transferred into Furman will count toward the overall 128 credits needed for graduation
- Pass/No pass and auditing are not permitted during study away programs
- Withdrawing from a course requires permission from Furman University and the host institution since the student visa is contingent upon enrollment in the hosting institution.
- It is important to put in effort for transfer courses because students who apply for graduate school or professional schools are required to produce transcripts from all institutions of higher education which they have attended. A graduate school might recalculate the grades earned abroad into a student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA. Furman does not transfer in grades because students are adapting to a new educational styles, systems, and grading methods.
Furman Costs & Scholarships
Students will pay Furman semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Students must complete a Consortium Agreement in order to have their Federal, State and Furman financial aid applied toward the semester cost of the study abroad program. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. This deposit is put toward the total cost of the program. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.
Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at Furman University to be eligible. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars will have their one-time study away stipend applied to their first study away program.
If you wish to apply for additional aid through CYA, you will be able to do so through the CYA website and application.
Program Fee Exclusions
Review your semester Budget Sheet for the breakdown of included costs and additional fees for your program.
Flights: You are responsible for all costs associated with flights to and from the program.
Visas: You are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining a visa. This may include initial cost, travel, or if you decide to expedite your visa. Furman does not guarantee that a visa will be granted or processed on time. The visa process can only be completed 90 days before the departure date. If you are participating in multiple programs, make sure you have time to return to the United States to complete the visa requirements for each country. Check with your host country consulate if it is possible to travel before or after the start or end of your program.
Non U.S./Canadian citizens: You may need a VISA in order to enter the country. Please check with your home country consulate and the Consulate General’s Office about special documentation requirements before departure. This process can be quite lengthy requiring 2 to 3 months to complete.
U.S. School of Record Transcript: You are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining a U.S. School of Record from your program. The school of record fee for CYA is $50 for students at Associated Colleges of the South schools.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs.
According to U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Greece, students should exercise normal precautions. Be especially careful in train stations, crowded tourist areas, crowded buses, trams, and metros. Domestic strikes, demonstrations, and work stoppages are common throughout Greece and can become violent. You should avoid demonstrations and political rallies, including all areas affected by the annual November 17 demonstrations. Tremors and earthquakes occur frequently. Forest fires are common, especially during the dry summer months, and occasionally cause road closures.
It is encouraged for students to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency, follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter, Review the Crime and Safety Report, and review the Traveler’s Checklist. Students should review the Center for Disease Control Information for Greece to review the recommended vaccines and medicine.