Support Services

Support Services

Adjusting to a new culture, an unfamiliar language, a different academic environment, and new room-mates—all at once—can be daunting. Our friendly and experienced staff are committed to helping ease the transition and address ongoing concerns. CYA offers both academic and social advising services.

Academic Advising 

Our Academic Advisor Despina Iosif has experience with the CYA academic program and with students from different backgrounds and institutions. His duties include:

  • helping you make changes to your academic program during the drop/add period
  • helping you create a plan of action to address academic difficulties
  • clarifying academic policies

Language Lab

One-on-one assistance for all levels of Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Latin. (Free of charge)

Academic Writing Lab

A series of workshops designed to offer maximum support as students research and write final papers for their CYA courses. The workshops cover all aspects of academic essay writing and focus on areas which commonly cause students difficulty including writing research papers, article review, even note-taking techniques. (Free of charge)

Social Advising

CYA’s Executive Director of Student Affairs, Nadia Meliniotis has over 25 years of experience helping students with their personal growth, development and finding their own path to fulfillment while they are in Athens. She is interested in and wants to learn each individual’s unique needs, concerns, hobbies, and special interests and tries to find ways to accommodate them. Her duties include:
  • Helping you with problems related to homesickness, getting along with peers, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy or just adapting to a new country.
  • Referring you specialist help in more serious cases.
  • Offering you a wealth of suggestions & information if you'd like to participate in intercultural activities, sports, volunteering, visits to monasteries, etc.


Counseling services are readily available to students. We have a licensed psychologist available at the Academic Centre for private counseling once a month throughout the semester at specified days and times. The initial session held on CYA premises is free of charge to the student.