About CYA

CYA is a not-for-profit educational institution that offers semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece. Established in 1962, CYA was the first study-abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. All 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.

Academic Excellence & Experiential Learning

For over 5 decades we have offered 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 - a rapidly changing region with a uniquely varied past. 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. 

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.

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.