Athens may be steeped in history, but is by no means stuck in time. Athens is a rapidly modernizing metropolis where the immediacy of the past stands in stark juxtaposition to the evolving demands of the present.
Known worldwide for its monuments and museums, the cultural life of Athens is an energizing blend of old and new. Here, hip bars and dance clubs (Athens boasts some of the best night life in Europe) spring up alongside small, traditional music venues offering ever-popular rebetika and laika. There is a thriving theater tradition--from the ancient to the experimental--and Athens boasts an impressive number of art galleries and cinemas. There are beaches, sports venues and concert halls, myriad restaurants and countless cafes, and the open market is a weekly mainstay in most neighborhoods.
The College Year in Athens experience is designed to guide students to a greater understanding and appreciation of Greece--ancient, medieval and modern--and the surrounding region. The program of studies juxtaposes the history and contributions of ancient Greece with the Greece of today: a country situated at the confluence of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, partaking of the culture of her neighbors to the north, east and south, and bound to them by history and geography.
College Year in Athens offers a substantial curriculum at the junior-year level augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. Courses cover the following disciplines: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Environmental Studies, Ethnography, History, International Relations, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion.
The curriculum represents three academic areas: Ancient Greek Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and European and East Mediterranean Studies. Students can, and often do, take courses from all three areas.
At all levels, courses make full use of the resources of the city of Athens and, in general, of what can be seen or experienced directly.
HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE
CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Kolonaki and Pangrati areas of Athens, which are situated a ten- to twenty-minute walk from the Academic Center. These neighborhoods are desirable for their central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill.
All students live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers.
Program fees include a main mid-day meal on weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on holidays and during recesses. On overnight field trips, breakfast is customarily served in lieu of lunch. CYA dining facilities are located on the ground floor of the Academic Center.