CYA Fast Facts
Location: Athens, the capital of Greece and a European capital that is both rich in history and a contemporary hub for art, international business and relations, and debate on economic, political, and migration issues.
Areas of Study:
Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
- European and East Mediterranean Studies
- Byzantine and Modern/Contemporary Greek Studies
- Ancient Greek Studies
*For detailed course information, including online syllabi, please visit our website
Study-Travel: Students visit sites relevant to contemporary and historical Greece during 3 faculty-led trips each semester 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.
- Art & Art History
- Classical Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
- Political Science/International Relations
- Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
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:
Past examples of internships that in which CYA staff has placed students include:
- Film screenings
- Athletic activities
- Greek dance
- Greek cooking
Language of Instruction: English
- Refugee aid
- Soup kitchens
- Environmental groups
- Animal welfare
- Special needs education
- Film & theater
- Writing & editing
- Libraries, museums, art galleries
- Marketing & advertising
Duration: One semester or academic year
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!
- Fall 2019 semester: September 2 - December 21, 2019
- Spring 2020 semester: January 20 - May 16, 2020
Faculty: Over 70 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.
Class Size: Language classes average around 10 students; all other classes average 15 students.
Housing: Students live in CYA apartments 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 classroom buildings and 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).
Fees: Fees are quoted on our website. Program fees include:
"There are few study abroad programs that can offer what CYA can offer, and there are few countries that can offer such a rich cultural experience than Greece." - Matthew Dodig, University of Notre Dame (Spring 2017)
- Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
- Lunch Monday through Friday (except during field trips, holidays, and during recess)
- Study travel (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
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 OIP as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to
begin your inquiries about study abroad. Almost all Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The application for this program is currently open. The deadline to apply for Spring and Spring Break programs is October 1st and March 1st for Fall and Academic Year programs.
After the deadline, the Office of International Programs Study Abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo email.
**Then, please apply for your program's application, which the deadline for the CYA application will be announced.
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 Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Alexia Lingaas - General Questions
Phone: (617) 868 8200
Additional Links & Information: Learn More!
Don't miss upcoming Study Abroad Fairs to learn more about our programs, including this one! OIP Study Abroad hosts two fairs per year ahead of each application cycle. Current fair information is below.
August 28th from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Spring and Spring Break programs
January 31st from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Fall and Academic Year programs
Study Abroad Advocates: Contact students who have recently participated in the College Year in Athens program.
*****Check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more fun info and photos of our current students and past students abroad!
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.