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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Lehigh applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Architecture, Art, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion Studies, Sustainable Development Experience / Activity Type: Classes
Credit type: Apply for transfer credit Minimum GPA: 2.7
Class Eligibility: 2.5 Sophomore 2nd semester, Junior, Senior Housing Option: Apartment
AACSB accredited: No Global Exchange Lehigh (GEL): No
Click here for a definition of this term Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:

Student field trip in Athens

  Living in Athens

Known worldwide for its monuments and museums, the cultural life of Athens is an energizing blend of old and new. There is a thriving theater tradition—from the ancient to the experimental—and Athens boasts an impressive number of art galleries and cinemas. There are beaches, sports venues and concert halls, myriad restaurants and countless cafes, and the open market is a weekly mainstay in most neighborhoods.

Athens may be steeped in history, but is by no means stuck in time. Athens is a rapidly modernizing metropolis where the immediacy of the past stands in stark juxtaposition to the evolving demands of the present. Yet despite its rapid and ongoing transformation, Athens remains a city of small, intimate neighborhoods clustered around a central plateia, or square. Each enclave—from the bohemian outpost of Exarhia to the posh Kolonaki to Nea Smyrni, named by the refugees from Smyrna who settled it—has its own distinct personality and charm.

Student Life in Greece

Student Life 

Being a student at CYA means you will have the chance to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities which we run each semester. Many of these activities will enhance your understanding of Greek culture and immerse you in the vibrant local scene. CYA provides you with a variety of resources to help ensure that your study abroad experience is successful one in every way, balancing academics with travel and social activities. We also help dozens of students arrange volunteer or internship experiences; students have done everything from volunteering in law firms to serving at local soup kitchens to assisting beekeepers. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, and build friendships & networks while in Athens. CYA is a Bonner Approved study abroad program. Bonner Leaders & Scholars are able to satisfy their required community service through study abroad at CYA in Greece.

Student Housing in Athens
Housing and Accommodations 

CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens, which are situated a two- to ten-minute walk from the Academic Center. This neighborhood is desirable for its central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill. You will live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers. 

Home stay arrangements may be possible for students who express interest; home-stay accommodations depend on availability and on student profile.

For more information about accommodations, please visit the Housing page.

                                                  Students in Athens

Academics and Courses 

For more information about typical courses offered, please visit our Fall and Spring course pages. What constitutes a full academic load at CYA is usually the equivalent to a full-time course of study at any institution of higher learning in the US. For more information about credits and course loads, please visit the Credits page.

Study Travel is also an integral part of the CYA program, it gives you a chance to visit a wide range of interesting sites some
of the most impressive and beautiful in the world. Study-travel is broken up into:  Field trips and Optional trips. Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students. Trips are led by faculty and experts who have extensive knowledge of the relevant sites and locales.

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

As a non-profit study abroad institution, we aim to help as many of our students find options for financial assistance. Eligibility for our scholarships is based on financial need. Only students who have been accepted to CYA for a semester or academic year are eligible to apply. Please visit our Scholarships page for deadlines and application information.

                Students in Greece