Extracurricular Activities

Get out and explore

Being a student at CYA means you will have the chance to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities which we run each semester. Many of these activities will enhance your understanding of Greek culture and immerse you in the vibrant local scene.

We encourage you to strike out on your own to explore and find outlets that express your individual interests. Getting involved in outside activities will also help you find friends with similar interests but most of all have fun. Athens is a rich cultural environment with a wealth of things to do, from attending concerts in the Megaron Mousikis (Concert Hall) of Athens, joining the Athens Singers or painting in an Athenian artist's studio, to volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

Wondering how to keep up your dance lessons while you're here, looking for art supplies, or wondering where the best jazz bar is? Check in with the Student Affairs Office.

Fitness and Health

We are able to offer complimentary entry to the Panathenaic Stadium to those students who wish to experience the thrill of running in the Stadium that held the first Modern Olympics in 1896.

Our Academic Center is located beside the Stadium’s Plaza. Those interested in keeping up with their running record times, or those who simply wish to experience it once, please let the Student Affairs Director know upon arrival or early in the semester. Fall semester students can also get involved in the annual Athens Authentic Marathon.

CYA students proudly participate in the 36th Athens Authentic Marathon - read the story on our blog

There is also a Street Workout gym located in Fokianos Sports Park opposite CYA and the Panathenaic Stadium. It provides indoor and outdoor training in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees and greenery, featuring innovative fitness classes, fully equipped with weightlifting racks, TRX handles, pushup bars, dip stations, medicine balls, BOSU, heavy ropes, a Pilates studio (Reformer, Wunda chair) and more.

Being a student-athlete abroad - read Arianna Chen's story on our blog

Trips & Activities

In addition to the faculty-led Optional Study Trips, various other trips are organized by CYA throughout the academic year depending on opportunities and student interest. Students get to experience various aspects of Greek life outside of the capital.

Hiking trip to Mt. Olympus every semester!

Day at a farm in Halkida to harvest olives and grapes

Visit to the Lazarides Winery

Weekend retreats to Mt. Athos Monasteryor a Nunnery

Kayaking trip in western Greece

Weekend sailing cruise

Walking, hiking and skiing weekends on Mt. Parnassos

Greek Cooking Lessons

Embroidery classes


Film and theater lectures

Various sports and athletic activities

Basketball, volleyball, soccer, rugby

Horseback riding, fencing, sailing, scuba diving<

Running the Athens Classic Marathon (fall semester)

Orange picking

*Most of the above activities require supplemental fees.