(It's)...surreal standing in places you’ve spent your life reading about. To have your shoes communicating with stones that have known feet before the first letters of the Bible were scratched
from Joshua Chun Wah Kam's blog on the field trip to Crete (Fall 2015)
Study-travel is an integral part of the CYA semester program. You will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of interesting sites and locations in Greece - some of the most impressive and beautiful in the world. In addition, you can take advantage of the many other travel opportunities either within or outside of Greece.
Throughout the semester study travel is broken up into:
Academic field trips are an integral part of your CYA curriculum. You will be visiting major sites relevant to ancient, medieval or modern Greek history. Each semester there are 3 field trips (a total of 12 days). The fall semester goes to to the Peloponnese, Delphi and Crete. Spring semester goes to the Peloponnese, Delphi and to northern Greece/Thessaloniki. Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students within the student body. Trips are conducted by faculty from a variety of disciplines and other experts who have extensive knowledge of the relevant sites and regions.
Each field trip has a pre-departure lecture which cover the historical background and the current importance of the regions and sites to be visiting. In addition, a full description of each trip with learning objectives and a bibliography is available to the students ro help them prepare for a more meaningful experience. Upon return wrap-up sessions are conducted to help students consolidate what they have learned.
Participation in the field trips is required as they complement the course work. Also, the trips will give you a chance to experience first-hand historically and culturally important sites and regions of Greece and bring into closer contact with its people and landscape.
The three day Optional Study Trhips are led by experienced faculty. These trips supplement the academic program providing an opportunity to experience significant aspects of Greek and Mediterranean history and culture.
Each semester CYA plans three optional trips. Details are sent to all accepted students before the semester begins and are posted on the website.
The cost of Optional Study Trips is not covered by the tuition but is kept low so that most students find them very affordable. The trips usually take place over a 3-day weekend. Accepted students will find detailed information about the trips and how to apply early by logging in and going to Optional Trips on My Semester Checklist.