The trips were excellent
and gave me a hands-on
perspective on history
in a way that I never
had the opportunity
to experience before.
Study-travel engages students in what Philip Sherrard called “the pursuit of Greece,” inspiring a process of discovery that can spark a life-long interest. Not surprisingly, most students identify study-travel as their most cherished experience in the CYA program.
Academic field trips are an integral part of the CYA curriculum and bring students into direct contact with the people, landscape, history and civilization of Greece. Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, medieval or modern Greek history during substantial trips to the Peloponnese, Delphi and either Crete or 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 locales.
Each field trip has a pre-departure lecture to introduce students to the sites, their history and their current importance. 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.