College Year in AthensGreece

Courses:  College Year in Athens offers a substantial curriculum at the junior-year level augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. Courses cover the following disciplines: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Environmental Studies, Ethnography, History, International Relations, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion.  The curriculum represents three academic areas: Ancient Greek Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and European and East Mediterranean Studies. Students can, and often do, take courses from all three areas.

  • Ancient Greek Studies offers courses in classics, archaeology, art history, and ancient history for students who wish to enrich their knowledge of ancient Greece, as well as to deepen their understanding of Greece's fundamental contribution to the development of Western civilization.
  • Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies provides students with an opportunity to learn about Greek history and culture from the Byzantine period to the present day.  The multi-disciplinary offerings include Ethnography, Environmental Studies, History and Politics, Language, Literature, and Religion
  • European and East Mediterranean Studies offers courses on Europe, the East Mediterranean region, and the Middle East. This area, in which Europe marches with Asia and Africa, is of unusual geopolitical importance; its problems and complexities, rooted in the past, are of particular interest to students of history, politics, and international affairs.
The courses are organized into three levels:
  • Level One (course numbers 300-349):
    • Level One courses are designed as a first exposure to Ancient Greek or East Mediterranean Studies and are open to all students.
    • The courses are of general interest and wide in scope.
    • They look at a subject in a comprehensive way; they take little for granted by way of previous knowledge; their content underlies and is essential to Level 2 and 3 courses.
    • They are, however, no less important and are intellectually as demanding as Level 2 and 3 courses (and for certain students, they may also be more valuable).
    • Evaluation of the student's performance is as strict as at the other levels, but modes of assessment may differ: Level 1 courses require extensive reading but may require less writing than Level 2 or 3 courses.
  • Level Two (course numbers 350-399)
    • Level Two courses are designed for students who have some background in the chosen topic.
    • The courses are more specific and restricted in scope, treating the subject in a more thorough and detailed manner.
    • Students ought to have a measure of general background knowledge relevant to the subject.
    • The criteria for admission to work at this level include a relevant major or minor (e.g., for S352 or S353, a political science, history, or international relations major/minor, or, minimally, a transcript indicating that the student has the qualifying background in terms of general preparation and interests and appears suited for the course).
    • Level 2 courses are writing- as well as reading-intensive.
    • Students should expect to write either a paper of 5,000+ words or two shorter papers.
    • Qualified students can opt to take Level 2 courses at Level 3 by formally declaring their intention to do so and completing reading and writing assignments similar in nature and size to those expected in Level 3 courses. (When a Level Two course is assessed as a Level Three, it is assigned a number between 450-499).
  • Level Three (course numbers 400-449)
    • These courses are seminars on special topics and are reserved for those able to engage in advanced work.
    • Requisites for admission are an adequate previous knowledge of the subject, a relevant major and/or consent of the instructor.
    • Level 3 courses are writing and research-oriented. Students may have to work with primary sources (even if in translation).

Modern Greek Language classes are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged.  The vast majority of CYA students enroll in first semester Modern Greek. For students who have taken Modern Greek before coming to Athens, CYA offers a range of language classes from Beginners II (second semester of first year) to Advanced II (second semester of third year).

Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete the CYA program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Southwestern University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Course Field Trips and Excursions:  Study-travel is an integral part of the CYA curriculum and brings students into direct contact with the people, geography, landscape, natural beauty, history, civilization, sites, and monuments of Greece. Study-travel engages students in what Philip Sherrard called “the pursuit of Greece,” inspiring a process of discovery that can spark a life-long interest. Not surprisingly, most students identify study-travel as their most cherished experience in the CYA program.

Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, Byzantine, or modern Greek history during substantial trips to Crete, the Peloponnese, and Central and Northern Greece. Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students within the student body. Trips are conducted by faculty and other experts who have special knowledge of the relevant sites and locales.

Faculty and Staff:

  • College Year in Athens has permanent faculty, staff and administration in Athens overseeing all aspects of Academic and Student Affairs. 
  • Associate Director of Administration, Campus and Student Relations, North American Office: Erica Huffman

Country: Greece (Hellenic Republic)

Capital: Athens

Currency: Euro

Language: Greek

Dialing Code: +30

Population: 10 million

Time Zone +/- EST: +7

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