Safety, Security, Health

CYA has always placed the safety and welfare of its students first. We have an experienced staff and have developed procedures to handle virtually any situation that our students may encounter.

The following is a list of procedures in place at CYA to keep our students safe and healthy:

  • We expect all of our students to attend all classes and any absences are noted. All semester students are required to have a mobile phone with a Greek number for the duration of their enrollment so that we can contact them in any emergencies. Those without a mobile phone plan of their own may obtain one from any number of cell phone service providers in Athens.
  • CYA has in place a system of updating and warning students via SMS messaging, mass e-mails, and direct phone calls, in addition to posting announcements on the internal website and on bulletin boards.
  • CYA holds regular "Town Hall" meetings during the semester to discuss any issues or problems the students may be encountering. 
  • Our Student Affairs officer keeps close track of any student experiencing physical or psychological difficulties.
  • CYA is a member of the Warden system of the US Embassy and receives Warden Messages regarding warnings, alerts, and travel safety announcements. Using information from the U.S. Embassy-Athens and local websites that give information on strikes and demonstrations, CYA inform students of demonstrations or strikes that may affect their daily routines or weekend travel.
  • Contingency plans (in the event of catastrophic emergency) are reviewed regularly, and a member of the administration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help with emergencies.

Please be assured that College Year in Athens is striving to give students the best and safest study abroad experience possible.

Health & Insurance

All semester students are issued an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides basic coverage for accidents and illness occurring outside of North America. Semester fees also include enrollment in a supplemental hospitalization insurance policy by Generali Insurance Co., for the period of study in Greece.

Also, CYA maintains a list of English-speaking doctors (also found in the Student Handbook) and can recommend specialists. There is also a 24-hour medical service for house calls. For more serious cases, the program has a special arrangement with an excellent private hospital that allows immediate admission. Students should report all illnesses to the Student Affairs Office.

Students interested in additional coverage should investigate whether their family or home institution policies will apply while they are in Greece.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our North American office ( or our Academic Center in Athens (