CYA News

March 2017

New Course for Spring 2018

 We are pleased to announce a new and fascinating course coming to CYA next spring 18′.

H366: The Greek Jews: History, Identity & Memory, explores the history of the Greek Jews from 1821 to the present, focusing on: their rich cultural and religious traditions; communal life; incorporation into Greek society and the events that shaped their lives – including the Holocaust and its remembrance.

The Greek Jews include primarily two communities, the Romaniotes and the Sephardim. The Romaniotes have been present in the Greek lands for centuries and are considered the oldest Jewish community in Europe. The Sephardic Jews settled in the Greek lands after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Their large concentration in Salonica – present-day Thessaloniki – made the city known as “Mother of Israel.” Students will study the evolution of this extraordinary blend of Jewish history and culture, its place in Greek society, the devastation endured in the Holocaust, and its survival and memorialization in present-day Greece and Israel.

Visiting scholar Professor Alexander Kitroeff (D.Phil U of Oxford) Associate Professor of History at Haverford University will be taking the course.

February 2017

CYA Public Lecture 14 February 2017

CYA will be hosting the first of it's series of public lectures for 2017: “Bronze Age and Archaic Boeotia: New Research at Ancient Eleon”  by Brendan Burke Associate Professor and Department Chair of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria and CYA Alumnus 1989.

The lecture will highlight work of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project (EBAP) focused on ancient Eleon, a little known site in eastern Boeotia approximately 12 km from Thebes. Work since 2007 has involved a regional survey and systematic excavations, part of which is run as an archaeological field school. The site has evidence from the early Mycenaean period in the form of elaborate burials, settlement levels from the Palatial and Post-Palatial phases of the late Mycenaean age, and monumental architecture and indicators of cult activity from the Late Archaic and early Classical period.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
7pm DIKEMES Auditorium

5 Plateia Stadiou
A reception will follow.

January 2017

CYA Faculty News - European Journal of Philosophy

Dr. Evgenia Mylonaki CYA Professor of Philosophy, has had a paper recently published in the esteemed European Journal of Philosophy.

The paper titled: Action as the Conclusion of Practical Reasoning; The Critique of a Rödlian Account  takes up the question of whether and in what sense action might be the conclusion of practical reasoning and argues against the answer provided by Sebastian Rödl’s account of practical reasoning.

The online publication is currently on the Journal’s home page. Go to The European Journal of Philosophy.

Philosophy Summer Seminars in Athens!

We are excited to announce a new series of Philosophy Summer Seminars in Athens (PSSA). The first seminar (June 5th – July 1st, 2017) will be on the topic of Philosophy of Action and Knowledge. We are honored to welcome distinguished guest John Hyman from the University of Oxford.

The seminars are intended for outstanding undergraduate students who are considering a graduate career in philosophy.

The aim is to introduce students to graduate level work and expose them to the latest research in the field. Each PSSA focuses on one philosophical topic and culminates into a week long engagement with a distinguished philosopher in the field, who will be presenting their latest research on the topic.

The seminars will take place at the CYA Academic Center located amidst a hub of archaeological sites such as the ancient river Ilissos, the Panathinaic Stadium and right across from the Acropolis hill.

We encourage upper-level philosophy students to apply now! Additional information can be found here.

CYA Media Lab Student Internship Spring Semester 2017

December 2016

Job Opportunity

Administrative Support Coordinator

College Year in Athens (CYA) is looking for a part-time Administrative Support Coordinator to join our U.S.-based team in Cambridge, MA. CYA is a non-profit provider of study abroad programs in Greece.


The Admin Support Coordinator plays an essential role in our office, providing general support for our recruitment, university relations, finance, and student advising teams.

We are a small office, so s/he will work closely with upper-level administrators and gain valuably diverse experience. 


CYA seeks enthusiastic employees with a can-do attitude and great organizational skills. Our ideal candidate is efficient, detail-oriented, and has previous office and/or customer service experience. Interest or experience in higher education or study abroad is a plus. 


Primary Tasks:


• Act as first point of contact for the office via phone and email

• Assist with mailing promotional materials, transcripts, visa-related documents, etc.

• Assist with research projects

• Create International Student Identity Cards

• Database work (data entry, creating mailing lists and labels, etc.)




The position is 20 hours per week. The target (but flexible) start date is the beginning of January 2017. 


What we require:


● Bachelor’s or associate degree

● Efficient and detail-oriented

● Strong communication and customer relations skills

● Proficient in Microsoft Office

● Previous office experience and exposure to a database system

● Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments

● Creative and flexible

● Positive attitude!


To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and contact information for two references to Katie Sievers at as soon as possible. Interviews will start on December 15th, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Please note you must have the right to work in the United States to be eligible for this position.



Call for Papers: CYA Student Conference

College Year in Athens is pleased to announce its first Student Conference “Greece and Beyond: Notions of Identity in the Greek World" 

From Herodotus’ common blood kinship to Isocrates’ paideia, the Greek people attempted to define themselves both with respect to their past and the “barbarians” surrounding them.

Moreover, the presence of people who had a lasting impact on the Greek populations of the East, such as the Romans, the Ottoman Turks or even the western travellers, emphasized the need to construct a Greek identity. In this chronological and geographical context, a series of questions is raised. First, who are the people called e.g. graeculi, graikoi by others and Hellenes by themselves? Second, what are the “components” of Greekness? What does it mean to be a Greek, and why people need to identify themselves as Greeks? How do ancient views of Greekness conform with or differ from modern views? How do contemporary challenges (ranging from population movements to supra-national structures) shape and reshape national identities and offer diverse answers to the question 'who’s a Greek'?


Students of the undergraduate level from all departments and programs in Humanities and Social Sciences are welcome to submit abstracts for papers including, but not limited to, the following themes:

the role of myth in the construction of Greekness in ancient literature

identity in the service of political propaganda

language as a criterion of self-definition

the power of images: representations of identity in the visual arts

the Greeks and their land as others view them

Students wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract of approximately 300 words (double-spaced Times New Roman) to Prof. Demetrios Kritsotakis ( by February 20, 2017. Please, state your name and affiliation on a separate page. Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length at the most. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2017. More information will be available on the conference page coming soon.

November 2016

CYA Experience eBook

Read about the unique ways in which CYA Faculty deliver the messages of their academic disciplines. 

CYA STUDENTS view their study abroad in Greece as a life-changing experience, one that has increased their awareness and perceptions making them better prepared to live in the global community.

In The CYA Experience eBook you will hear from some of the people that make this happen.

Members of CYA Faculty talk about the way they deliver the messages originating from their academic disciplines in class and on site.

CYA has been acting as a cultural and educational bridge between North America and Greece for over half a century, and has been helping students to develop new perspectives on the world, their own countries and themselves.

This is the cause to which CYA (College Year in Athens) is dedicated: making its students global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures. Socrates put it so well two and a half thousand years ago when he said, “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a Citizen of the World”.


Download “The CYA Experience” eBook here.

CYA to host reception for Alumni & Friends at the AIA/SCS Annual Meeting

 You're Invited - Jan 7, 2017

Please join Erica Huffman, Director of Alumni Relations, Theoni Scourta, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr.

John Karavas, CYA professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, at a Reception for CYA Alumni & Friends

Saturday, January 7, 2017
5 to 7 pm
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
York Room
123 Queen St.W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Reception  is held as part of the Annual Meeting of the AIA/SCS in Toronto, Canada on January 7. 
We hope that our local area alumni and our faculty and institutional partners will save the date and join us! 
For questions please contact Erica Huffman at or 617.868.8200.

For more information about the AIA/SCS Annual Meeting visit the AIA website