College Year in Athens


The College Year in Athens (CYA) program enables students to spend a single semester or academic year in Athens studying classics and ancient Greek civilization or modern Eastern Mediterranean studies with Greek, European, and American scholars in Athens. By incorporating field trips to important sites relevant to ancient and Byzantine history in and around Athens on the island of Crete, on the Peloponnese, and in northern Greece, the program takes full advantage of its location in Greece. The CYA program is well-suited for students of classics or those interested in contemporary issues of the Mediterranean region.

Fields of study:

Art history, modern Greek, ancient Greek, Latin, archeology, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, religion and politics, ethnography, environmental studies


Two years of college-level work

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer


September-December; January-May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Modern Greek (4 credits)
3 Electives (4 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 CYA course = 4 Whitman credits


In apartments in a residential neighborhood with other U.S. study abroad students


The program provides lunches Monday-Friday, otherwise participants prepare their own meals or purchase them in the city