College Year in Athens

Basic Information

Gap Program Name: CYA Gap Year Program
Address: 1035 Cambridge St. Suite 21E, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone Number: 617-868-8200

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Additional Information

Program Type:
Study
Academics
Cultural Studies
Ages: 18 and above
Program Description:

CYA's is now offering two opportunities for Fall 2021 Gap Year students: those who are passionate about antiquity will benefit from the "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" whereas there is "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece" for students interested in learning more about those issues.
Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies, is an exceptional way to enrich your educational and life experiences. The program explores the relationship between ancient Greek and modern-day practices via hands-on, experiential learning. It makes evident the involvement of many disciplines in the understanding and interpretation of our past. Through active participation in an archaeological dig in the Athenian seaside suburb of Voula, you will be introduced to the astonishing world of archaeological fieldwork. The experience will prepare you for the challenges of a rapidly changing field and a rapidly changing world. Also, you gain an understanding of both the ancient and modern, based on personal experience. Additionally, Greek language, culture, and other workshops immerse you into Greek life, while trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview. The program runs from September 16 to November 23, so you don't need to acquire a student visa.
"Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece"is a new CYA Gap Year program. To all those who are interested in exploring a new culture, while learning more about activism, diversity, and equity issues, this is your opportunity to experience hands-on learning while you volunteer for a good cause. You'll explore the answers to questions through your volunteerism and changed with new ideas and new people. The aim of this 10-week program is to facilitate a fuller understanding of positive social change and the ways that people make it happen, and a greater understanding of the social context of Greece. You will also learn how to keep an e-portfolio of your reflections, observations, interactive learning, theoretical knowledge, and involvement with your volunteer work, as a record of what you have learned and accomplished through this program. Additionally, Greek language, culture, and other workshops immerse you into Greek life, while trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview. The program runs from September 16 to November 23, so you don't need to acquire a student visa.

Duration: 10-Weeks
Session Start/End Dates: September 16 to November 23, 2021
Program Costs: $9,950
Paid Work: N
Housing Option:

CYA Apartments

Financial Aid:

N/A

Scholarship Availability: N/A
Program Highlights:

CYA's Gap Year program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" :

  • Visit sites of great importance in world civilization
  • Visit to sites, museums, and points of historical and cultural interest: the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking Tour of Athens, etc. all guided by CYA faculty
  • Visits to landmarks and points of interest such as the Greek Parliament, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, guided by CYA faculty
  • Participate in an excavation of a 2000-year old site at the outskirts of Athens
  • 4-weeks participation in the excavation at Aixonidai Halai in the Athenian suburb of Voula under the instruction & supervision of CYA faculty and the Director of the Excavation.
  • 1-week participation in laboratory work related to findings at Aixonidai Halai, guided by CYA faculty
  • Field Study trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Dephi and the Peloponnese

CYA's Gap Year program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece" :

  • Visits to sites, museums, and points of historical and cultural interest: The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking tour of Athens, Graffiti Tour of Athens, guided by CYA faculty
  • Visits to landmarks and points of interest such as the Greek Parliament, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center guided by CYA faculty
  • 6-weeks participation in volunteer activities based on individual interests. All participants will have the opportunity to volunteer for an organization actively involved with issues related to working with refugees, protecting the environment, supporting human rights, or other similar concerns
  • Workshops with CYA faculty and guest lectures by activists working in Greece will help participants learn more about today's most important social issues
  • Guided walks of Athens will explore the ways that activism, diversity, and the fight for equity become part of the everyday life of the city, from hip-hop culture, street poetry, graffiti and landscapes of dissent
  • Two additional week-long tours will take participants around the country to learn more of the culture and history of the country: the island of Crete, the most significant points of interest of the Peloponnese in southern Greece (Nafplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Messene, Sparta, and Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics), as well as the site of Delphi (the proverbial center of the world for the ancients), and the picturesque island of Aegina.
Curriculum Highlights:

e-Porfolio Workshop in CYA Gap Year Programs
Portfolios have always been an important component of the resumes of creative arts students. Τhey have now become a key element in the documentation of work done by all students while studying, traveling, volunteering or interning, whether at home or abroad. It is for this reason that CYA is including it in the GAP Year experience. The e-portfolio workshop, led by a member of CYA's faculty, will guide you in the process of curating and sharing your work in a portfolio that fully documents your intellectual and social development during your Gap year. In doing so, you will hone skills of selection, organization, presentation, and self-assessment, all of which are useful in many other areas of academic and professional life.

"Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies "program learning outcomes; learn Survival Modern Greek, understand proper archeological excavation methodology and techniques while excavating at the site of Voula, get acquainted with aspects of field documentation, material culture, artifact processing and cataloging, engage with new digital technologies in archaeological research (GIS, remote-sensing technologies, and tablet-based field recording), learn how to keep an archaeological field journal and create an e-portfolio.
"Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece" program learning outcomes; gain fuller understanding of Social Change and Activism via interactive learning methods, learn basic Modern Greek language, learn how to create an e-Portfolio of your reflections, observations, interactive learning, theoretical knowledge, and involvement with your volunteer work, as a record of what you have learned and accomplished through the program, workshops with CYA faculty an guest lectures by activists working in Greece will help you learn more about today's most important social issues and you will have the opportunity to volunteer for an organization actively involved with issues related with refugees, protecting the environment, supporting human rights, or other similar concerns.
This is the perfect opportunity to gain worldly experience prior to college. You can gain a sense of independence by partaking in a CYA program and exploring Greece and the world.

Travel Arrangements:

CYA organizes ample travel for its Gap Year Program including trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese. All travel within the program is included in the Gap Year Fee. This includes the following:

  • Entrance fees to all sites and museums visited in the course of the Program
  • Workshops in Athens (Greek cooking, Greek dancing, etc.)
  • Transportation during all trips as well as to/from the excavation site
  • Hotel accommodations while on overnight Field trips
  • Lunch on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria while in Athens
  • Breakfast daily during overnight Field trips

Program fees do not cover personal travel, students are in charge of purchasing their own flights to and from Greece. CYA will be at the airport to pick students up upon arrival.

Visa Requirements:

US students will not need a visa. If a student does not hold a US passport, please contact CYA and we can help in facilitating hte visa process. Students should have Passports that extend for 6 months past the end of the program.

College Credit:

This program does not offer college credit

Mission Statement:

College Year in Athens is a study abroad program focused upon the history and civilization of Greece and the Mediterranean region.  Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscapes of Greece—a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past. 

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

College Year in Athens is dedicated to fostering an engagement with Greece that encourages personal discovery, growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Its ultimate goal is for participants to return home academically inspired, intellectually stimulated, and with a passionate commitment to the furtherance of international and intercultural understanding.