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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: College Year in Athens 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment, Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Classics, Creative Writing, Culture, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Greek, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Internships, Latin, Liberal Arts, Literature, Media Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Service Learning, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Design, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
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:
  • European and East Mediterranean Studies
  • Byzantine and Modern/Contemporary Greek Studies
  • Ancient Greek Studies

Academic disciplines in the curriculum include:
*For detailed course information, including online syllabi, please visit our website 
  • On-site classAnthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Archaeology
  • Classical Studies
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnography
  • History
  • Languages (Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin; all levels guaranteed)
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science/International Relations
  • Religion
  • Urbanism & Sustainability (Urban Design studio guaranteed)
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.
Field trip

Extracurricular Activities:
CYA provides and connects students with a number of extracurricular activities and internships/service learning. While we can help students find act
Extracurricularsivities related to almost any interest area, some examples include:
  • Film screenings
  • Athletic activities
  • Lectures
  • Greek dance
  • Greek cooking
  • Debates
Past examples of internships that in which CYA staff has placed students include:
  • Refugee aid
  • Soup kitchens
  • Environmental groups
  • Animal welfare
  • Special needs education
  • Film & theater
  • Writing & editing
  • Libraries, museums, art galleries
  • Kindergartens
  • Marketing & advertising  

Language of Instruction: English

Duration: One semester or academic year

  • Fall 2017 semester: August 28 - December 15, 2017
  • J-term (Archaeological Dig) 2018: January 4 - January 21, 2018
  • Spring 2018 semester: January 22 - May 18, 2018
Student body
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!

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.

Greek food
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:
  • Tuition (four or five courses per semester)
  • Housing
  • 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
More Questions? Contact us!

cyaAcademic Program
Pomona students take two required courses:  1) Ancient or Modern Greek language and 2) A331, Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology (1.0 credit each). In addition to the language course and A331, students choose two electives from the CYA curriculum (1.0 credit each). Except for the Greek language classes, all courses are taught in English by Greek, American, and British faculty members.

The courses are organized into two levels. Three-hundred-level courses are open to all students. Some three-hundred-level courses are designed for students who have some background in the subject and most are of general interest. Four-hundred-level courses are seminars on special topics for students who are able to engage in more advanced work with research-oriented assignments. 

Instruction in the classes for beginning archaeology students is divided between classroom sessions and instruction at sites and in museums around Athens.  All students participate in field trips to important archaeological and historical sites in Greece, including the Peloponnese, central Greece, and Crete.  During the academic field trips conducted as part of the Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology course, students are expected to attend lectures, complete assignments and/or give oral reports.  The grade for the Art & Archaeology course includes work performed both in class and during the field trips.

There is no P/NC option for this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live in furnished CYA apartments in the Pangrati neighborhood along with other CYA students. A buffet lunch is provided daily at the CYA dining facility Monday through Friday, and a full breakfast in lieu of lunch is provided on overnight field trips.  Pomona provides a meal allowance for breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and for all weekend meals.  Meals are not provided during fall or spring break. A limited number of homestays may also be available.

Host Institution
College Year in Athens

Faculty Liaison
Richard McKirahan

  • 9.0 GPA preferred.
Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with European content. 

Student Experiences
Read about Arianna Chen's (PO'19) experience in Athens!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA