We place an emphasis on giving you a hands-on learning experience in the rich environment of Greece. As much as practicable, classes are held on-site adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of the subject. We offer an extensive curriculum at the junior-year level. The course offerings are augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. All courses are taught in English.
The archaeology and art history courses provide a wealth of opportunities to study authentic materials and original artefacts. For instance, more than half of A331 Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology course takes place on-site and in the world renowned museums of Athens. Courses from other disciplines also take advantage of opportunities to bring you in to direct contact with in the local community – such as courses in service learning, environment, government, immigration and modern Greek.
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.
All CYA courses are designed for upper-level undergraduates, and may be taken at two levels -- those with three-hundred numbers and those with four-hundred numbers, which are more specialized and academically more demanding. Though all our courses are rigorous and require serious academic work, we recognize that CYA students are drawn from diverse backgrounds and institutions with varying experiences in the subjects they will be studying. Accordingly, all three hundred-level courses are designed as a first exposure to the subject, and are of general interest and wide in scope. However, some three-hundred-level classes, particularly in Ancient Greek Studies, are designed for students with some background in the subject, and are indicated as such in their description. Please read carefully the descriptions of all the courses offered by CYA before choosing your academic program to make sure what you select is appropriate for you.
Qualified students can opt to take any three-hundred-level courses at the four-hundred level by formally declaring their intention to do so and completing reading and writing assignments similar in size and scope to those expected in four-hundred-level courses. Courses listed as four-hundred-level are seminars on special topics and are reserved for those able to engage in advanced work.
The semesters listed for each course indicate when the course is usually offered. The schedule may be altered before the beginning of the semester. Final course offerings and schedules for fall and spring semesters are posted in May and November respectively.
Unless required by the home institution, Modern Greek Language courses are not mandatory but are strongly recommended. The vast majority of CYA students enroll in first semester Modern Greek. For students who have taken Modern Greek before coming to Athens, CYA offers a range of language classes from Beginners II (second semester of first year) to Advanced II (second semester of third year). For those who wish to take Modern Greek beyond the introductory level and whose needs are not met by the regular courses offered, CYA may provide additional classes if there is sufficient demand. Please contact the Academic Director for further information.