Greece: CYA Athens

Steeped in art, history, culture, and architecture, Athens has a distinct Mediterranean pace and intimacy coupled with an endless zest for life! The CYA program will immerses you in this timeless and majestic city of antiquity.

Experience Athens!

CYA will take you behind the scenes at archeological sites like the Acropolis

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Overview

Though ancient, modern Athens surges on as a sprawling metropolis made up of small, intimate neighborhoods - each with its own distinct personality and charm - where apartment balconies stand in for gardens and the neighborhood cafes bustle with people, night and day, in the warm Mediterranean air. There are no prerequisites to speak Greek for this program as all courses are taught in English across a variety of disciplines. In fact, CYA is well suited for students studying Anthropology/Archeology, Art History, International Relations, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Religion, and of course, those wanting to study the Greek language. You'll also enjoy various field trips and excursions to major sites relevant to Greek history and culture such as Crete, the Peloponnese, and Central and Northern Greece.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017
  • Aug 28: Required Arrival Date
  • Aug 29-Sept 1: Orientation
  • Sept 4: First Day of Classes
  • Nov 17-26: Fall Break
  • Dec 8-14: Exam Period
  • Dec 15: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 22: Required Arrival Date
  • Jan 23-27: Orientation
  • Jan 29: First Day of Classes
  • April 2-9: Spring Break
  • May 11-17: Exam Period
  • May 18: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight

You will be responsible for booking your own flight. Members of the CYA staff will be at the airport to greet you. Upon clearing customs locate the person with the CYA sign. You will be provided with your apartment keys and some basic information before being guided to a taxi that will take you to your CYA apartment.

Orientation

Each semester begins with an orientation period during which students are introduced to CYA's facilities, services, staff, academic procedures and policies, and safety procedures and policies. Students also receive an orientation on the city of Athens and Greece in general. Numerous planned activities provide the opportunity to get to know fellow students, as well as faculty and staff. During this period, students meet individually with the Director of Student Affairs and schedule a meeting with the Director of Academic Affairs to discuss their program of studies.

Visa

All U.S. citizens studying in Greece must obtain a student visa before departure. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page 

Academic Information

CYA

The CYA Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of central Athens, next to the Marble Stadium and opposite the National Gardens, with a stunning view of the Acropolis. The Academic Center houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge, the dining hall, the computer lab, an auditorium, laundry facilities, and faculty and administrative offices. The Center is convenient to major historical sites, public transportation, and amenities such as shops and restaurants. Classes take place at the Academic Center as well as on-site both within Athens and on field trips. Student housing is located in residential neighborhoods within walking distance of the Academic Center. CYA Athens has permanent faculty, staff and administration in Athens overseeing all aspects of Academic and Student Affairs. The Associate Director of Administration, Campus and Student Relations, is Erica Huffman.

Courses

All CYA courses are taught in English and cover the following disciplines: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Environmental Studies, Ethnography, History, International Relations, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. These disciplines 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.

CYA's wide-ranging curriculum incorporates study-travel to important historical sites through many, but not all, of its courses. As much as possible courses make use of the resources of Athens and of what can be seen or experienced directly in the city. Examples of past study-travel include locations relevant to ancient, Byzantine, or modern Greek history, such as Crete, the Peloponnese, and Central and Northern Greece. These trips are conducted by faculty and other experts who have special knowledge of the relevant sites and locales.

Courses at CYA may be taken at the 300 or 400 level. Though all our courses are rigorous and require serious academic work, CYA recognizes that students are drawn from diverse backgrounds and institutions with varying experiences in the subject matter. Accordingly, all 300-level courses are designed as a first exposure to the subject, and are of general interest and wide in scope. However, some 300-level classes, particularly in Ancient Greek Studies, are designed for students with some background in the subject, and are indicated as such in their description. Please read carefully the descriptions of all the courses offered by CYA before choosing your academic program to make sure you select the appropriate level. Courses listed as 400-level are seminars on special topics and are reserved for those able to engage in advanced work.

Modern Greek Language classes are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged. If you 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).


All courses, unless otherwise noted, are worth 3 credit hours. In turn, students typically take 5 courses with CYA and earn a total of 15 Rollins credits.

CYA Courses

Bonner Students During Spring Semester

During the spring semester, CYA offers a course called Citizen, State & Society: A Service Learning Approach. The course examines the emergence of volunteer and social organizations in Greece that have become an integral part of political life, but are not commercial in nature nor part of the state. Students in this course will join such organizations as volunteers, devoting a minimum of 45hrs of service work during the semester. These volunteer experiences are integrated into the course. This course is open to ALL students, and can provide Bonner Leaders with community service hours that can be applied to their requirements here at Rollins. CYA is also happy to arrange volunteer placements for students who are either not enrolled in this course or who simply wish to become more involved. 

Transfer of Credit

Most classes at CYA, unless otherwise noted, are worth 3 credit hours each. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Southwestern University, which is the official School of Record for CYA. You will need to seek approval for courses in you major/minor (from the appropriate academic department) and for general Rollins credit (through Student Records). All courses on this program will appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit. Grades from this program will also appear on the Rollins transcript and will be factored into the Rollins GPA. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Kolonaki and Pangrati areas of Athens, which are situated a 10 - 20min walk from the Academic Center. You'll live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities. The advantage of these accommodations over typical student dormitories is that you'll have a greater opportunity to interact with locals and will generally live like Athenians do. A typical apartment houses four or five students (double and single rooms) and includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are simply but fully furnished, with air-conditioned bedrooms and WiFi Internet access. Apartments are equipped with laundry lines for air-drying, irons, and ironing boards.

Meals

CYA provides a mid-day meal on weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on holidays and during longer academic breaks, such as spring break. Rollins will also issue students a meal credit on their Student Account at Rollins to cover the cost of other meals that are not provided onsite. On overnight field trips, breakfast is customarily served in lieu of lunch.

Student Life

Activities

Each semester CYA students are encouraged and given the chance to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Some of these activities will enhance your understanding of Greek culture and help towards immersing you into the local culture. These activities might include debates, presentations or lectures on a variety of academic subjects, Greek dance, cooking lessons, hiking and climbing trips, a talent show, athletic activities, weekend skiing on Mt. Parnassos (spring semester), and running the marathon (fall semester). Through getting involved in outside activities many students find friends with similar interests, but most of all they have fun (please be aware that these activities may require supplemental fees). You're also encouraged to explore Athens and it's rich cultural environment on your own. In the past, students have attended concerts in the Megaron Mousikis (Concert Hall), joined the Athens Singers, or painted in an Athenian artist's studio.

Volunteering & Service

Although volunteering and community service projects are not as established or as widespread in Greece as they are in the U.S., CYA is able to offer interested students a variety of opportunities. Please visit this link for more details: http://www.cyathens.org/169/1/volunteering/

Excursions

Academic field trips are an integral part of the CYA curriculum and bring students into direct contact with the people, landscape, history and civilization of Greece. Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, medieval or modern Greek history during substantial trips to the Peloponnese, Delphi and either Crete or Northern Greece - Thessaloniki. Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students within the student body. These study-trips are conducted by faculty from a variety of disciplines and other experts who have extensive knowledge of the relevant sites and locales. You can also add on optional trips offered through CYA at a competitive price.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, one meal a day, study-travel, International Student Identity Card, airport meet and assist services, and student support services.

Does not include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $100 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program. The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis, Tusday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during normal semester dates. If you are unable to make it at these times, please email, call or stop by our office to arrange an appointment.

We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program (GAP). These are students who have completed a study abroad program and are happy to share their experiences and advice with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.