About CYA

CYA Study Abroad in Greece

CYA (College Year in Athens) is a not-for-profit educational institution that has been acting as a cultural and educational bridge between the U.S. and Greece for over half a century. Our vision is to help students transform into global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures.

Established in 1962, CYA was the first study-abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. We offer academically outstanding semester, academic year, summer and winter study abroad programs that embrace the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, institutions, monuments and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean. All our programs are delivered in English at the Athens-based International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES) located next to the Kallimarmaro (Marble) Stadium and the National Gardens in the heart of the city.


Enhance your academic experience, expand your perspectives, explore a new culture, grow as an individual and have fun. Our program will help you achieve your goals while studying abroad.

Academic Excellence & Experiential Learning

We place an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, offering you a hands-on learning experience in the rich environment of Greece. Many classes are held on-site adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of the subject. 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. 

A Diversified Curriculum

Our program boasts an extensive range of academically outstanding courses and unique learning opportunities spanning a wide range of disciplines from Ancient to Contemporary studies, enriched by hands-on learning opportunities and on-site classes. We are dedicated to fostering an engagement with Greece which encourages personal discovery, growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Our ultimate goal is for you to return home academically inspired, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to the furtherance of international and intercultural understanding. 

College Year in Athens (CYA) is a not-for-profit educational institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and governed by a board of trustees. It offers all its programs in English through the Athens-based International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES). A list of our affiliations can be found here.