Athens, the capital of Greece, is a bustling city that has a dynamic atmosphere architecturally, artistically, historically, and culturally with Mediterranean ties to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. The city itself juxtaposes ancient Greek ruins with a modern city.
Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
*For detailed course information, including online syllabi, please visit our website
Academic Field Study:
- Art & Art History
- Classical Studies
- Cultural Heritage
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
- Political Science
- Urbanism & Sustainability
Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester to locations such as the Peloponnese, Central Greece, Crete and Northern Greece (Thessaloniki). 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 extracurricular activities and internships/service learning. While we can help students find activities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:
- Athletic activities
- Greek dance
- Greek cooking
- Athens Marathon
- Annual Student Conference
Past examples of internships and volunteer opportunities:
Language of Instruction:
- Refugee aid
- Soup kitchens
- Environmental groups
- Animal welfare
- Special needs education
- Education - English as a second language
- Education - kindergarten/elementary
- Film & theater
- Libraries, museums, art galleries
- Marketing & advertising
- Social Media/Digital Content Creation
One semester or academic year
Approximately 150 students per semester. Since 1962, over 10,000 students from more than 550 English-Speaking colleges and universities have studied at CYA!
Over 92 percent of CYA 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
Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.
Students live in CYA apartments within residential buildings in the Pangrati neighborhood of 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 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's Academic Center and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops. Homestays are also available to students who wish to dive deeper into Greek culture and family lifestyle. Students stay in hotels while on trips.
Lunch is provided Monday through Friday (except on holidays, and during recess) On academic field study breakfast is included instead of lunch.
Fees are quoted on our website. Program fees include:
- Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
- Lunch Monday through Friday (except during field trips, holidays, and during recess)
- Academic Field Study (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
- Supplemental hospitalization insurance
- International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
- Pre-departure guidance and materials (including webinars)
- Airport meet-and-assist services
- Orientation and acculturation activities
- Student support services
- Use of course materials during the semester (except Modern Greek Language books)
- Free internet access throughout the Academic Center and in student apartments
- Transcript sent to home institution and to student (unless you require a school of record transcript)
“College Year in Athens gave me the best semester of my entire life. From the exciting weekend trips to daily class visits to the Ancient Acropolis, I had a life changing experience at least once a week. Learning about ancient history while standing in the place where it took place was simply awe-inspiring.” Ariel Kline - Gettysburg College (Fall 2019)
CYA also offers Summer, Gap Year, and Virtual Internship programs. To find out more, visit our website.
Check out our website or email us at Cyathens.org
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You should consult with your academic advisor and the Office of Global Education as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to start planning for study abroad. Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The application is facilitated online through the Terra Dotta application management software. Upon beginning your application, you will be able to view requirements to complete an application laid out in a to-do list style page. Once an item is complete, a check box will be marked so you can easily identify which items are still outstanding.
Once all items are marked off, you will be able to submit your application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the office at email@example.com or stop in.
- Meeting with Study Abroad Advisor
- $75 Application Fee
- Read & E-sign Visa Application Responsibility
- Submit your Study Abroad Course Planning Worksheet
- Electronic Signature Consent
- General Questionnaire
- Passport Information
- Personal Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- General Academic Recommendation
- Academic Advisor Form
Applications will be reviewed by the language department alongside the Office of Global Education staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
- Academic Year & Fall semester: March 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
- Spring semester: October 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
Students are welcome to meet with the program advisor at any time to assist with planning. Students are able and encouraged to start planning well before they would complete an application, and it's very common that they are working with study abroad staff a semester, or even a year or two beforehand. It's important for them to understand how study abroad courses will fit into their degree program, and start considering cost and funding information and the initial scholarship search.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Once students are officially accepted, post-acceptance items will also be facilitated through the Terra Dotta software in the same fashion, though additional requirements may be requested via e-mail. It's important to the Office of Global Education's preparation process that students are engaged throughout the process and being mindful of all requirements, shared information, and deadlines.
All study abroad program participants are required to complete pre-departure orientation. This will include a mix of online modules and information as well as meetings to ensure students are as prepared as possible. Of course, students are welcome to meet with their study abroad advisor as many times as they'd like to ensure they are on track and things are clear and to ask questions as they come up.
See the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Room and board will be charged per the rates set by College Year in Athens.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert - Director of Global Education
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
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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.