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 Fall 2020 Gap Program, Learning from the Ancients: a Hands-on Approach to Life from the Ancient Times to Today's Healthy Living, is an exceptional way to enrich your educational and life experiences. The program explores the relationship between ancient Greek practices and modern-day health and wellness via hands-on, experiential learning. Through excavating in the Athenian seaside suburb of Voula, exploring modern Athens, and tending the Hippocrates Garden at the recreated Ancient House on the island of Kos, you gain an understanding of both the ancient and modern, based on personal experience. Additionally, Greek language, culture, dance, and culinary workshops immerse you into Greek life, while trips to the Peloponnese and Delphi will allow you to broaden your perspective and expand your worldview. The program runs from September 21 to November 28, so you don't need to acquire a student visa.

Duration: 10-Weeks
Session Start/End Dates: September 21 to November 28
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 includes:

  • Visits to the city's landmarks and points of historical and cultural interest: the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking tour, Graffiti tour, the Greek Parliament and the Presidential Guard Barracks, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center with on-site instruction by CYA faculty.
  • 4 weeks participation in the excavation at Aixonidai Halai in the Athenian seaside 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 the excavation
  • Certificate for the excavation work
  • 1 week tending the Hippocrates Garden in the recreated Ancient House on the island of Kos
  • Field Study trips to the Peloponnese, Delphi, Marathon
  • Workshops in Athens and Kos Island (Greek cooking, Greek dancing, tending herbs & planting seeds, etc. )
Curriculum Highlights:

This unique 10-week program explores the relationship between ancient Greek practices and modern-day health and wellness via hands-on, experiental learning. Through excavating in the Athenian seaside suburb of Voula, exploring modern Athens, and tending the Hippocrates Garden at the re-created Ancient House on the island of Kos, you gain an understanding of both the ancient and modern, based on personal experience. Greek language, culture, dance, and culinary workshops immerse you into Greek life, while tripsto Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow you to broaden your perspective and expand your worldview. 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 Kos, Delphi, the Peloponnese, and Marathon. 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 and Kos Island (Greek cooking, Greek dancing, tending herbs & planting seeds, etc. )

  • Transportation during all trips as well as to/from the excavation site

  • Hotel accommodations while on overnight Field Study trips and on the island of Kos

  • Lunch on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria while in Athens

  • Breakfast daily during overnight Field Study trips

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily while on Kos island

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.