Safety, Security & Health

Keeping Our Students Safe, Happy & Healthy

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

Health & Safety

All semester/year students are issued an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides basic cover for accidents and illness that occur outside of North America, while summer students are welcome to apply for an ISIC for a fee of $27. Semester fees additionally cover enrollment in a supplemental hospitalization insurance scheme for the period of study in Greece.  Any students interested in additional coverage should investigate whether their family or home institution policies will apply while they are in Greece. They are also welcome to apply for an insurance upgrade on their ISIC.
CYA always places the safety and welfare of its students first. We have highly experienced staff and standard operating procedures to handle virtually any situation that our students may encounter.

The following is a list of procedures in place at CYA to keep students safe and healthy:
  • We expect all students to attend all their 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 a system of updating and warning students via SMS messaging, mass emails and direct phone calls, and announcements are also posted on both the internal website and bulletin boards.
  • CYA holds regular "Town Hall" meetings during the semester to discuss any issues or problems 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. We also use information from both the U.S. Embassy in Athens and local websites to notify students of any strikes and demonstrations that may affect their 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 rest assured that College Year in Athens strives to give students the best and safest study abroad experience possible.