CYA News

March 2018

CYA Spring '18 Field Trip to the Peloponnese

On Tuesday, February 27, CYA students set off on a 5-day field trip to the Peloponnese. Students followed on-site classes according to their courses and specialist study areas led by Professors John Karavas, Steve Diamant, Robert Pitt, Hüseyin Öztürk, Angelos Papadopoulos, as well as additional educational tours provided by professor Romolo Gandolfo, Maria Vidali, and Costas Papacostantinou.

The carefully designed program journeyed students through the Bronze Age, Classical Antiquity, and Late Antiquity in the Middle Ages. They witnessed the influence and effects of the Byzantine Empire, Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman Rule, and learned about the key figures in the Greek War of Independence and the birth of Modern Greece flowing into Contemporary Greece, its architecture, urban design, and its environmental and sustainability issues.

Take to a look at the full photo album of the Sp '18 Peloponnese trip.
Follow this link for more highlights on the trip

February 2018

Intercultural Awareness Abroad - CYA attends WISE Conference

CYA's Katie Sievers (Associate Director, Campus Relations) attended the 10th Annual Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) Conference in Winston-Salem, NC.

Hosted by Wake Forest University, the WISE Conference is an opportunity for faculty, university administrators, and study abroad professionals to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during their abroad experiences.

Over the course of two days, Katie participated in a broad range of sessions and presentations and brought back tools that will help CYA better prepare students to engage mindfully with the Greek context and, consistently with CYA's mission, return home committed to furthering intercultural understanding in their communities.

Upcoming Events

CYA will be present at the following Conferences. We will be happy to meet with members of the study abroad community.

* March 20-23: The Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference (Boston, MA)
* April 5-11: Diversity Abroad Annual Conference (Miami, FL)
* May 27-June 1: NAFSA Annual Conference (Philadelphia, PA)

January 2018

Voula Field School 2018

CYA commenced its first academic program of 2018 with the Voula Field School winter intersession.

The program led by CYA professors John Karavas (Excavation Director) and Angelos Papadopoulos (Field Supervisor) in cooperation with the Piraeus Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, invites Archaeology students to Greece to gain hands-on experience excavating the ancient Athenian deme of Aixonides Halai.

In an exciting new collaborative venture between the University of Sydney’s Department of Archaeology and CYA, for the very first time, we hosted 20 Archaeology students from Australia who took part in the excavation in the seaside town of Voula.

For some, it was their first opportunity to be involved in an archaeological excavation of this kind, giving them a unique chance to sharpen their practical skills. Follow our blog to learn more about their discoveries - coming soon!

AIA/SCS Joint Annual meeting in Boston

On January 5th, CYA hosted its annual reception in conjunction with the joint meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), in Boston.

CYA President, Alexis Phylactopoulos, Theoni Scourta (Vice President of Academics), and Robert Pitt (CYA Professor) represented CYA; all three attended the AIA/SCS meeting, where Professor Pitt presented his paper on “New Inscribed Clamps and Dowels from the Athenian Propylaia.” Follow this link to read more about the event.


CYA in the Top 3 Study Abroad Programs of 2017

We opened the New Year with the news that CYA had been named one of the top three study abroad programs worldwide by GoAbroad based on student evaluations.

GoAbroad is an international program directory that registers student evaluations on academic programs attended worldwide. It aims to create resources and share international travel opportunities developing new ways to support the international education community across the globe.

Thanks to our team spirit and dedication to our mission, our faculty and staff in Athens and in the US are justifiably proud to be recognized for their efforts.

December 2017

Fall ’17 CYA Student Ambassador Award

In recognition of CYA Student Ambassadors who go above and beyond in their volunteer roles,  A travel voucher is awarded to the most active Ambassador each semester to continue to support student opportunities to travel and continue their cross-cultural journeys. 

We are extremely excited to announce the winner of the fall 2017 semester's travel voucher prize: 

net/person/kiki-lewis/">Kiki Lewis (CYA Spring '17) at Pacific Lutheran University!

Kiki truly went above and beyond in her Ambassador activities this semester, reaching out to her school's study abroad office to represent CYA at study abroad fairs, creating a "Greece Through A Student's Eyes" video for our social media, she also met with various faculty, staff, prospective and accepted students to talk about CYA, and more.

We are also pleased to announce that Noa Gelb (Spring '17, U Michigan) and Reeta Bandyopadhyay (Summer '17, Rhodes College) were runners-up and also very active Ambassadors, representing us at study abroad fairs, writing articles about CYA for publications, and doing presentations at informational sessions about study abroad in Greece.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to ALL our Ambassadors for the energy and hard work each has shown in bringing their CYA story back to their home campus. The team has created media, made presentations written reviews, talked to so many different people, and sent us some great photos of their activities. We can't wait to see more in the spring - when we will be giving away another semester travel voucher award!

Find out more about the CYA Student Ambassador Program here.

CYA / DIKEMES Public Lecture: “The Grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos”

Wednesday 6 December at 7.00 p.m. at the CYA / DIKEMES Auditorium

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our lecture “The Grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos” given by the Co-directors of the Palace of Nestor Excavations, Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker.

The University of Cincinnati archaeological excavations at the Palace of Nestor, Pylos resumed on 18 May 2015 for the first time since 1969.

During the course of the campaign, the so-called grave of the “Griffin Warrior” was discovered a few hundred meters from the Palace. This presentation will describe the excavation of this remarkable grave and discuss finds found in it. This unique, undisturbed burial affords an unparalleled opportunity to examine aspects of Early Mycenaean funerary ritual, gender association with grave goods, and burial structure that cannot be obtained through more standard multi-individual burial contexts. The talk is intended for a general audience.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 6 December at 7.00 p.m. at the CYA / DIKEMES Auditorium (5 Plateia Stadiou, Kallimarmaro, 2nd fl.)

CYA Reception & Faculty Presentation at Upcoming AIS/SCS Annual Meeting

The 2018 AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on January 4 – 7.

We are pleased to announce that CYA professor. Robert K.

Pitt will be presenting his paper: New Inscribed Clamps and Dowels from the Athenian Propylaia as part of the academic program on Epigraphy and Inscribed Objects during session 2H on Friday, January 5, 10:45 am – 12:45 p.m.

Alexis Phylactopoulos, President, and Theoni Scourta, Vice President for Academic Affairs, member of the AIA, will be attending the meeting. College Year in Athens is also hosting a reception to celebrate its 55th year anniversary in connection with the AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting in Boston.

The event will take place on Friday, January 5, 2018. We hope that CYA Trustees, present, former and emeriti, CYA Advisors, local area alumni and friends, our faculty and institutional partners will join us! RSVP: by December 27.

Click here for the invitation.

For more information about the Annual Meeting visit the AIA website

November 2017

CYA Faculty News: Archaeological Work in the Cyclades Conference

The Cyclades Ephorate of Antiquities, in collaboration with the French Archaeological School, held an inaugural international conference on "The Archaeological Work in the Cyclades" at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens on November 22-26.

More than 200 delegates attended the conference including Vice President for Academic Affairs Theoni Scourta and professor of the CYA Summer Course MS321 Excavating in the Aegean: The Case of Despotiko (Paros, Antiparos), Alexandra Alexandridou who also presented her paper "Pottery & Clay Figurines of Early Iron Age from Despotiko of Antiparos".

The paper discussed the recent discoveries of Geometric ceramic material and clay figurines at the sanctuary, now recognized as one of the most important Archaic cultic centers of the Cyclades.  Professor Alexadridou's CYA summer course gives students the unique opportunity to actively participate in the excavation of this site at Despotiko - read about this year's excavation experience here.