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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Host family, Student apartment/flat
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits: 12-16 Internships: No
Service learning: Yes Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:
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About Athens
The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is a modern metropolis with a rich history that spans more than 3,000 years. Blending old and new, modern Greece plays an important role in the Balkan countries and the European community. It is an important link between Europe and Asia.

Athens is home to ancient monuments of the classical era, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis, as well as a variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments. The city’s rich culture spans the traditional with museums, theaters, galleries, neighborhood markets and concert halls to the trendy with clubs, cafés and sports venues.

Despite its rapid growth in recent years, Athens has many small neighborhoods, each with their own personalities from the exotic to the upscale. The warm Mediterranean air invites many onto their balconies and into the neighborhood cafes to enjoy conversation and wonderful Greek food. In Athens you will meet people with rich customs and traditions and hear several languages spoken, including German, English and French.

As a BCA Athens student, you will enroll in courses at the College Year in Athens study center which offers courses from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary themes, including Ancient Greek studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, European and East Mediterranean studies, philosophy, political science, international relations, environmental studies, religion, literature, languages and ethnography.

Student Life
Students will live in furnished apartments in the Pangrati area of Athens, about 10 minutes away from the CYA center. The neighborhood is central and close to sites, monuments and museums as well as grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, bakeries, banks and a weekly farmers market.

There are generally no more than a few CYA apartments within a given building. The advantage of these accommodations over typical student dormitories is that students have a greater opportunity to interact with their Greek neighbors and generally live like Athenians do.

Educational Excursions
Educational Excursions are an integral part of the curriculum and bring students into direct contact with the people, geography, landscape, history, civilization, sites and monuments of Greece.

Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students.  Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, medieval, and modern Greek history during substantial excursions to the Peloponnese, and either Crete (fall semester) or Central and Northern Greece (spring semester). Instruction is conducted by faculty and other experts who have special knowledge of the relevant sites and locales.  The cost of these excursions is included in the program fee.

Shorter, Optional Study Trips are led by experienced faculty. They supplement the academic experience of students and introduce them to significant aspects of Greek and Mediterranean history and culture. Each semester CYA plans two optional trips to parts of Greece that are not included in each semester’s Educational Excursions. Students become acquainted with different aspects of Greek history and culture and gain an understanding of the landscape, traditions, and way of life of the places visited. The cost of Optional Study Trips is not included in the program fee but is kept low so that most students find them very affordable. The trips usually take place over a 3-day weekend. Details are sent to all accepted students before the semester begins.