Advising & Counseling

We are always there to help

Adjusting to a new culture, an unfamiliar language, a different academic environment, and new room-mates—all at once—can be daunting. Our friendly and experienced administrative staff are committed to helping ease the transition and address ongoing concerns.


Academic Advising

Dr. John Karavas, a member of the CYA faculty since the fall of 2003, has experience with our academic program and with students from different backgrounds and institutions. His duties include:

  • helping you make changes to your academic program during the drop/add period
  • helping you create a plan of action to address academic difficulties
  • clarifying academic policies
  • keeping track of the advisees' academic progress

Social Advising

CYA’s Director of Student Affairs, Nadia Meliniotis has over 25 years of experience helping students with their personal growth, development and finding their own path to fulfillment while they are in Athens. She is interested in and wants to learn each individual’s unique needs, concerns, hobbies, special interests and tries to find ways to accommodate them. Her duties include:

  • Helping you with problems related to homesickness, getting along with peers, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy or just adapting to a new country.
  • Referring you specialist help in more serious cases.
  • Offering you a wealth of suggestions & information if you'd like to participate in intercultural activities, sports, volunteering, visits to monasteries, etc.

Counseling

Counseling services are readily available to students. We have a licensed psychologist available at the Academic Centre for private counseling once a month throughout the semester at specified days and times. The initial session held on CYA premises is free of charge to the student.