Orientation & Resources

"Before I even arrived in Greece, I felt so welcomed by the CYA staff. From their assistance on getting together the right materials and documents needed for studying abroad to organizing transportation from the airport upon our arrival, CYA ensured that we were prepared for a great semester of new experiences."
Cara Johnson - Gettysburg College

Before you Arrive

CYA provides you with a variety of resources to help ensure that your study abroad experience is a successful one in every way, balancing academics with travel and social activities. The facilities and resources will allow you to make the most of your time at CYA.

To help prepare for your arrival in Athens, CYA provides personalized pre-departure guidance and many useful online tools including webinars and video guides.

We'll Introduce you to Athens

Upon Arrival, CYA staff will explain everything you need to know about getting started with the academic and practical aspects of living and studying in Athens. During your first week in Greece, we'll show you around your new neighborhood and provide you with insider tips and tricks to get by. Students, faculty and staff get to know each other in fun bonding activities.

Social Support

Adjusting to a new culture, an unfamiliar language, a different academic environment, and new room-mates all at once can be daunting. CYA's friendly and experienced administrative staff are committed to helping ease the transition and address ongoing concerns. CYA administrators have an "open door policy", and students should feel free to drop in for a talk at any time.

The Director of Student Affairs is always on hand to deal with emotional problems (such as difficulties with roommates, adjustment problems, homesickness, etc.) and to give encouragement and help. In more serious cases, specialist help is available.We ensure a successful and safe stay for each student by fostering an atmosphere of open communication between students and staff while encouraging independence and a positive approach to cultural differences.

Click here to learn more about the range of free Social Advising and Academic Support services CYA offers to its students

Advice Adjusting

Orientation and acculturation activities assist with your adjustment into life in Greece. Making this adjustment to Greek ways of life and attempting to learn the language can be simultaneously exciting, stressful, challenging, frustrating, and fun.

Participating in another culture and learning to live and study in an unfamiliar environment requires patience, flexibility, an open mind, and equal doses of humor and courage. Our program offers you the opportunity to acquire a broader perspective of the world and an understanding of a very diverse, fascinating, and proud culture, which our students describe as one of the most important learning experiences of their lives.

The greatest achievement of studying abroad in Greece is often described as learning to cope with different sets of attitudes, values, and beliefs; to see through European rather than American eyes; and to persist and embrace the unfamiliar.

Student Resources

As soon as you check-in you will be given a welcome packet everything you need to navigate the first week.

CYA.inAthens Intranet

CYA.inAthens, a helpful resource while you are in Athens. It features announcements about events happening at CYA and in Athens and Greece, along with useful links to library resources, directories, schedules, emergency numbers, guides, maps, etc.

CYA Handbook - Your 'go-to' Guide

The CYA Student Handbook which you will receive upon arrival, contains a wealth of information about our program and policies, health, traveling, housing, safety and security. There is also a section on living in Athens - shopping, laundry, phones, banking, religion, culture, leisure and entertainment suggestions and getting out and about.