CYA Special Events

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.

Forum Conference in Athens
Faculty and administration from 300 US institutions discuss education in Athens

Faculty and administrative executives from more than 300 universities, colleagues and educational institutions from the US gathered in Athens for the Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference titled ‘Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe’ (October 3-8, 2016).

CYA (College Year in Athens) hosted the conference in cooperation with its Athens-based subsidiary DIKEMES, the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies. The conference took place at Aigli Zappeiou and DIKEMES premises at 5, Stadium Square, next to the Kallimarmaro.

The Forum has long been known for its discussion-based conference sessions in which attendees share their knowledge, experiences and perspectives with other colleagues.
The conference explored how U.S. education abroad defines Europe, and how European education abroad partners define Europe to visiting U.S. students, so that students may appreciate the past, understand the present and anticipate the future of the most popular education abroad destination. It addressed the interests of education abroad administrators and faculty who work and teach in Europe, as well as colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities. Delegates shared ideas for model practices for U.S. education abroad in Europe in light of the conference theme, including program design and curriculum, teaching, and a wide range of issues and topics.

Also, delegates participated in thematic walks in Athens, organised and led by CYA faculty, during which daily life in the city intermingled with history, monuments, art, culture, and current affairs.

Conference keynote speaker, Anna Diamantopoulou, president of DIKTIO-Network for Reforms in Greece and Europe, a Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin and former minister of education, addressed the plenary. She referred to critical aspects of the international education system and its contribution to social development. In her speech, Diamantopoulou made special reference to developments in Greek education and the national reform effort. She stressed: ‘Development of an educational program to help American students understand the complexities in the evolution of the European project requires the efforts and cooperation of a multiplicity of fields. Such an all-inclusive program covers history, culture, state-institutional evolution and the specific historical relationship between a student’s host country and the U.S. That way, American students will be exposed to different educational systems and cultural contexts that have yielded important achievements across various fields. They will be in a position to actively contribute as citizens of tomorrow to the enrichment and strengthening of political, economic and cultural ties between the EU and the U.S.’

Forum on Education Abroad president Brian Whalen said: ‘The 3rd European Conference brought together colleagues from the U.S. and Europe who discussed crucial educational issues, shared their knowledge, experiences and perspectives and analysed future trends.’

CYA/DIKEMES president Alexis Phylactopoulos said: ‘We need to prepare our students for Europe at this critical time in European history. Things are not as they used to be. We all know how the landscape has changed and how the emphasis has shifted from traditional European values, its culture, languages, art, to other more pressing issues, like the deficient European governance, the financial crisis, the influx of refugees and the inability to create a sustainable plan to deal with the flow, and the advances of the extreme right. The relationship of our students to all this is what was at the top of the agenda. Greece, Athens, is the right vantage point for this discussion. Situated at the crossroads of two worlds, it has always been in the middle of major geopolitical changes.’

About CYA

For more than five decades, CYA has offered unparalleled learning opportunities in Greece. Incorporated in 1962 as a non-profit under U.S. law, CYA was the first study-abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates.s

CYA offers semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs taught in English. Since its establishment in 1962 it has offered U.S. 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 region.

The academic program is enhanced by highly qualified faculty who have a passionate commitment to their subject and their students. Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines covering both ancient and modern areas of studies. The program is designed to help students achieve their academic goals while imparting a deeper understanding of Greece and the region through the ages, and to gain a new perspective on the global environment through hands-on learning opportunities.

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.

CYA is a not-for-profit educational institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and governed by a Board of Trustees. It offers this program through the Athens-based International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES). CYA is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), the European Association of International Education (EAIE) and the Association of American Educational and Cultural Organizations in Greece (AAECG). The language of instruction is English, the faculty is European and American, and the majority of the students come from North America.
Info: Popi Triantafyllidi, CYA/DIKEMES (+30 210 7560-749,,