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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Urban Studies
Program Description:

College Year Athens (CYA)
Athens, Greece


About the Program| Athens, Greece | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The Tulane Study Abroad Program in Athens is administered by College Year Athens. CYA offers a substantial curriculum at the junior year level augmented by experiential study-travel to sites relevant to Greek history as well as contemporary issues. All courses use the resources of the city of Athens as much as possible. Founded in 1962, CYA originally focused on studying the contributions of Archaic and Classical Greece to Western Civilization.  Today, as a center of study for approximately 100 American and Canadian students per semester, subjects of study are varied, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History and Religion among them. Program staff work with students to foster an engagement with Greek culture and everyday life, providing the tools for immersion and deep learning.

Athens, Greece
Over 4000 years of civilization has led Athens to become one of the most culturally textured cities in the world.  As the modern capital of Greece, Athens is the center of economic, financial, industrial, cultural and political life in Greece. The successful bid and subsequent preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games has been the impetus behind a widespread modernization of the city. 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.
With a population of about 4 million, its phenomenal growth is quite recent, having begun with the 1922 debacle of the Asia Minor campaign, which ended the three-thousand-year-old Greek presence in Asia Minor. Almost the entire Greek population of Turkey flowed into Greece, doubling the population of Athens seemingly overnight. Athens’ first high rises were built to house the refugees, and the resulting unplanned concrete sprawl was subsequently extended by waves of emigrants from the villages and islands.
Today, those emigrants have been joined by waves of migrants—both legal and illegal—from Albania, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Although Greece in general remains largely culturally homogenous and steeped in tradition, these newcomers are changing the social and economic landscape. The future of Greece, like the future of most EU countries, will be shaped to a large extent by how it adapts to the changing face of its people. Students will find that in Athens one recognizes the importance of its history and integrates it into the beauty of its present.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Fields of Study
Art and Archeology, Environmental Studies, Ethnography, History, Language- Ancient and Modern Greek, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Religion, Urban Planning and Sustainability

Academic Culture
Students enroll in courses with U.S. program participants.  The CYA curriculum is divided into two tracks: Ancient Greek Civilization, to deepen students’ current understanding of the role of Ancient Greece in the development of western civilization; and East Mediterranean Studies, to focus on South East Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East from the founding of Constantinople (330 AD) to the present day.
Courses are further organized into three levels. Level-One courses are open to all students. Level-Two courses are designed for students who have some background in the subject. Level-Three courses are reserved for those who are able to engage in more advanced work with research-oriented assignments. Level-Two courses may be assessed at Level-Three.
Tulane students enroll in a full course load including a language course in Early or Modern Greek.  In addition, students choose three or four additional courses from either track.

Student Life
Each semester, university students from across North America study at CYA. While you will take your courses alongside American students, CYA provides many ways for you to become immersed in Greek culture and to pursue extra-curricular activities, from sports to student government. Following a full week of orientation activities, students will have many of the needed tools to dig deep into Greek culture. CYA provides resources about student-focused events, as well as happenings in Athens and Greece that will be of interest to you. Additionally, through workshops, extracurricular activities organized by the program and experiential learning excursions run by CYA, you will have no shortage of ways to engage with the new world around you. Finally, volunteer opportunities are available to interested students. 
Participants are placed in apartments by CYA in the Pangrati area of Athens, a two to ten minute walk from the CYA academic center. A limited number of home-stays are available. A buffet lunch is provided daily at the CYA dining facility Monday through Friday and a full breakfast in lieu of lunch normally on field trips.

Helpful Links 
CYA Academics
CYA Housing
CYA Student Life

Contact Past Participants
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