For more than five decades College Year in Athens (CYA) has been offering unparalleled learning opportunities in Greece with university-level courses taught in English focusing on Greece and the Mediterranean world. Each summer course has a unique location and itinerary throughout Athens and/or the surrounding areas.
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.
From the start, the academic aim of College Year in Athens has been to enable students to come to grips with their subject matter in ways that are unavailable in other locations and contexts. Guided by the philosophy that the engagement of the senses is essential to learning, the program of studies emphasizes in-the-field instruction and direct contact, wherever possible, with the sites, monuments, landscape and works of art hitherto relegated to the lecture hall or library. This special type of on-site teaching has exposed thousands of students to the marvels of ancient Greek art, history and architecture, bringing them into the Minoan palaces, the citadels of the Mycenaean world, the temples and stadia of the Greek sanctuaries, the tombs of Ancient Macedonia, as well as museums all over Greece. The city of Athens, with its libraries, museums, and monuments, is a living laboratory for research.
CYA’s summer courses are offered in two consecutive 4-week sessions that run between the end of May and the end of July. They are arranged so that motivated students may earn credit in complementary courses. Students take one course per session. The sessions for 2017 are as follows:
Summer Session I (May 29 - June 24, 2017)
- MS321 Excavating in the Aegean: The Case of Despotiko (Paros, Antiparos)
- MS348 Becoming a Traveler: Writing in Greece
- MS375 Sustainability Across Time and Spatial Scales in Greek Urban and Island Communities (Athens, Santorini, Folegandros, Hydra)
Summer Session Ia (June 5 - July 1, 2017)
- MS480 Philosophy Summer Seminar in Athens
Summer Session II (June 26 - July 22, 2017)
- MS325 The Anthropology of Food in Greece: the Mediterranean Diet and More (Athens, Koroni)
- MS347 When Egypt meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (Thera [Santorini], Crete, Athens)
- MS384 The Global Governance of Migration: Emerging Responses to Irregular Migration (Athens, the island of Lesvos, and Brussels)
Housing is included in the program fee. Specific accommodations and locations are dependent upon program selection (see Academics above for program specific information).
All students will participate in an orientation at the start of their program, typically hosted by the faculty leader on site. Material will be specific to each course and location, focusing on course content and culture.
Visas are not required for U.S. students studying in Greece for less than 90 days.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to participate in this program, each student must complete the following steps (preferably in this order):
- Attend information session (required)
- Meet with study abroad advisor
- Attend mandatory accepted students’ meeting (required)
- Meet with academic advisor again
- Attend course approval clinics (required)
- Attend mandatory pre-departure meeting (required)
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Balance Due: March 1
This program is open to all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements
. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
The 2018 cost for Fairfield students to attend this program is outlined below. The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application. Program costs vary between each specific course:
Excavating in the Aegean $3,490
The Anthropology of Food in Greece $3,490
When Egypt meets the Aegean $4,100
Becoming a Traveler: Writing in Greece $3,490
Philosophy Seminar: Philosophy & Film $3,490
The Geography of Faith $3,490
Political Economy in Historical Context $3,490
Greek Architecture $4,100
Illegal Antiquities $4,100
Program cost includes:
- Farewell meal
- Excursions, where applicable
- Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee. The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.