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Athens, Greece

Program Site: The College Year in Athens (CYA) center, located next to the Marble Stadium (site of the first modern Olympics) and within walking distance of the Acropolis.

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. No language requirement.

Description: The birthplace of ancient poetry, theater, art, politics and philosophy, Athens has long been an intellectual capital of the world. Today, the city is a sprawling metropolis of four million, central to economic, financial, political and cultural life in Greece. Students who choose to spend their semester in Athens will find an exciting, modern city where they can enjoy thousand-year-old monuments, ancient historical sites, impressive museums, great restaurants, world class shopping and some of Europe's best nightlife.

Established in 1963, CYA was the first study abroad program for English speaking undergraduates in Greece. Today it welcomes about 150 students each semester and should appeal to students interested in history, archaeology, the classics, art history, ethography, environmental studies, literature, philosophy, international relations, political science, urban planning and sustainability.

Academics: CYA offers a wide-range of subjects taught in English. Excursions and faculty-led site visits, a critical component of the program, help to bring classroom learning to life. Courses make full use of the city’s resources and students can also arrange to do independent research.

Sample Courses:
- Byzantine Art and Architecture
- Crisis and Recovery in Greece and Europe
- Urban Sustainability: Theory and Case Studies in Greece
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Greek Culture
- The Development of Athenian Democracy
- Immigrants, Citizenship and Nationalism in Europe

Course Load and Credit: Students must take five courses per semester, regardless of the number needed to graduate. One of these courses must be ancient or Modern Greek language. The maximum number of USC units granted per semester is 16.

Activities and Other Program Features: CYA organizes a number of extra-curricular activities including Greek dance and cooking lessons, hiking trips, debates and lectures on a variety of subjects, talent shows, potluck dinners and social events of all kinds. The Student Affairs office can also help students locate volunteer and community service opportunities.

Accommodations: Shared, furnished apartments in the Pangrati area of the city, a 10 minute walk from the CYA center. Pangrati is a lively neighborhood full of shops and cafes. Museums and cultural attractions are within walking distance. Lunch is provided Monday through Friday in the CYA cafeteria.

Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from early September to mid-December. Spring semester runs from mid-January to mid-May.

Estimated Semester Cost: 

Additional Expenses*..........$12,786

Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 2/27/15

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.


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Dornsife Year in Athens

CYA produced this short video about various students experiences studying in Athens for a year.

Video by CYA