About CYA

Enhance your academic experience, expand your perspectives, explore a new culture, grow as an individual and have fun. Our program will help you achieve your goals while studying abroad.

Located in the heart of Athens, the capital of Greece

Language of instruction is English

Our Program comprises academically outstanding courses at the junior-year level spanning 13 disciplines from Ancient to Contemporary studies enriched by hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom and on-site classes

Study Travel opportunities include field trips to the Peloponnese, Central Greece, and either Crete or Northern Greece and optional faculty-led trips to historically significant ancient, medieval, Modern Greek sites and European destinations.

Length of program
can be one or two semesters. Fall: September to December, Spring: January to May

Our Students primarily come from North American colleges and universities. Approximately 100 are enrolled each semester

Class Sizes average 8 students in Language classes and 14 in all other classes

Our Faculty is European and American and over 75% hold PhDs

Housing is set up in furnished apartments in the residential neighborhood of Pangrati in Athens

Meals are provided at lunch on weekdays (except on field trips, holidays, and during recess)

Fees are quoted in detail here.

Welcome to CYA

CYA is a not-for-profit educational institution that offers semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece. Established in 1962, CYA was the first study-abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. All 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.

Academic Excellence & Experiential Learning

For over 5 decades we have offered university students an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean - a rapidly changing region with a uniquely varied past.

We place an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, offering you a hands-on learning experience in the rich environment of Greece. Many classes are held on-site adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of the subject. A significant portion of the semester involves field trips, which are designed not only to enhance the classroom material but also to 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, 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. 

CYA is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and governed by a Board of Trustees. It is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the European Association of International Education (EAIE) and the Association of American Educational and Cultural Organizations in Greece (AAECG).