Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
*For detailed course information, including online syllabi, please visit our website
Art & Art History
Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. Any course equivalencies must also be approved by the corresponding department head (i.e. History Department would approve a course taken abroad to count for a history course or specific degree requirement at Valpo).
Study Travel: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during faculty-led trips to the Peloponnese, Central Greece, and either Crete or Northern Greece (Thessoloniki). When students are not traveling, courses are taught at the CYA academic center in Athens or on-site.
CYA provides and connects students with a number of extracurriular activities. While we can help students find activities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:
Community service and volunteering
Language of Instruction: English
Duration: One or two semesters
Fall semester: August 29th, 2016 - December 17th, 2016
Spring semester: January 23rd, 2017 - May 20th, 2017
Student Body: Approximately 100 students per semester. Since 1962, over 7,500 students from more than 370 North American colleges and universities have studied at CYA!
Faculty: Over 70% of the faculty hold doctorate degrees, and many are considered global leaders in their fields. See a complete list of our faculty, including bios and CVs, at this link.
Class Size: Language classes average around 10 students, all other classes average 15 students.
Housing: Students live in CYA apartments in the lovely Pangrati neighborhood in central Athens. Apartments have WiFi and A/C, are furnished, and come with a common area, double and/or single rooms, an outdoor balcony, and an equipped kitchen. The safe and highly desirable neighborhood in which the students live has grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, banks, dry cleaning shops, and a weekly farmer's market, as well as many other amenities nearby. Apartments are a 2-10 minute walk from CYA classroom buildings, and they are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops.
Meals: Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on field trips, holidays, and during recess).
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
Students will apply through Valpo first and once accepted here, students will be directed to complete the College Year in Athens application. See other requirements in the Fact Sheet above. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 or Academic Year 2017-2018 program will be March 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. The Study Abroad Office is happy to offer support as necessary including soliciting quotes for flights from a travel agent, and/or connecting students with reputable travel agents. Many students choose to fly together as a group, but some may choose to travel independently for personal travel before or after the program, or prefer to research and book on their own. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their individual spending habits.
Valpo Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.