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.
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.
Furman Financial Aid
Furman students are eligible to apply Federal and State Aid and Institutional Scholarships towards the cost of the program and must complete a Consortium Agreement in order to have their aid applied toward the semester cost of the study abroad program.
To commit to a program, students will pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to Furman within 2 weeks of acceptance. This deposit is put toward the total cost of the program. Furman will bill students for Furman’s tuition, room, and board, plus a $250 administrative fee approximately two months before the program starts.