CYA Study Abroad in Greece
CYA (College Year in Athens) is a non-profit educational institution that has been acting as a cultural and educational bridge between the U.S. and Greece for over half a century. We aim to help students become global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures.
Established in 1962, CYA was the first study abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. We offer academically outstanding semester, academic year, summer and winter study abroad programs that embrace the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, institutions, monuments, and landscapes of Greece and the Mediterranean. All our programs are delivered in English at the Athens-based International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES), located next to the Kallimarmaro (Marble) Stadium and the National Gardens in the heart of the city.
Enhance your academic experience, expand your worldview, explore a new culture, grow as an individual and have lots of fun. Our program will help you achieve all your goals while studying abroad.
Academic Excellence & Experiential Learning
We place emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, offering you a hands-on learning experience in the rich and diverse environment of Greece. Many classes are held on-site adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of your subjects. A significant portion of the semester is also devoted to field trips, designed to both supplement classroom material and give you a deeper understanding of Greece.
A Diversified Curriculum
Our program boasts an extensive range of academically outstanding courses and unique learning opportunities. Spanning a wide range of disciplines from ancient to contemporary studies, the curriculum is enriched by hands-on learning opportunities and on-site classes. We are dedicated to fostering an engagement with Greece which encourages personal discovery, growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Our ultimate goal is for you to return home academically inspired, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to the furtherance of international and intercultural understanding
Athens may be steeped in history, but is by no means stuck in time. Athens is a rapidly modernizing metropolis where the immediacy of the past stands in stark juxtaposition to the evolving demands of the present.
Renowned worldwide for its history, monuments, and museums, the cultural life of Athens is an energizing blend of old and new.
Hip bars spring up alongside small, live music venues offering the ever-popular Rebetika. There is a thriving theater tradition—from the ancient to the experimental.
Athens boasts an impressive number of art galleries and classic cinemas. You can easily catch a ferry and make day trips to nearby islands. There are beaches, sports venues and concert halls, myriad restaurants and cafes, and the open air fresh food market is a weekly mainstay in every neighborhood
CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens, which are situated a two- to ten-minute walk from the Academic Center.
This neighborhood is desirable for its central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill. It is also within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers.
Students may also elect to live with a homestay family. The homestay experience is meant not simply as an alternative to our CYA apartments; it is an enrichment of the study abroad experience, an immersion into Greek culture and the Greek family lifestyle, and an opportunity to gain life-long relationships and a second home halfway across the world. Homestays offerings depend on availability and the student profile.
Ohio State Program Contact
Course and Credits
The CYA program offers courses in a variety of subjects. For a summary of courses available to students, please see the course options at https://www.cyathens.org/3/1/College-Year-in-Athens-Semester-Programs
. Specific Ohio State course equivalences and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet College Year Athens admission requirements, OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the CYA program fee, a $50 administrative fee and the International insurance fee. Students will pay the College Year Athens program fee directly to College Year Athens. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The College Year Athens program fee includes:
- Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
- Mid-day Meal: Monday through Friday (except on field trips, holidays, and recesses)
- Study-Travel (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
- Pre-departure material
- Supplemental hospitalization insurance
- International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
- Arrival day airport meet-and-assist services
- Orientation and acculturation activities
- Use of course materials during the semester
- Free Internet access in the CYA computer lab as well as free Wi-Fi for laptop users throughout the Academic Center and in the student apartments.
- Assistance in obtaining Greek telephone numbers
- Student support services
- Transcript sent to home institution
It does not include:
- International airfare
- most meals
- Personal expenses and incidentals
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. Both the OIA and College Year Athens applications must be submitted by the Ohio State deadline. The College Year Athens application can be found at www.cyathens.org
. All College Year Athens application materials must be submitted directly to College Year Athens.
Full Year Fees:
Full year students receive a 25% reduction on tuition for the second semester and are permitted to stay in CYA housing, at no extra charge, during the interval between semesters.
Students from public universities in the United States and Canada will receive an automatic scholarship of $3,000 per semester. They are also eligible to apply for a CYA supplemental Scholarship
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.