Skip to content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
College Year in Athens
Athens, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Layout wrapper table for buttons
Layout table containing buttons
Request Advising
Layout table containing buttons
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fact Sheet: - unrelated header
Fact Sheet:
#i18n(14)# parameter/value output
Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Type of Program: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students, 4th year u/g students
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

College Year in Athens

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • CYA application deadline: October 31, 2020
​*Note that CYA is rolling admissions, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible

CYA offers courses in English with a focus on Greece and the Mediterranean in the historic and bustling city of Athens. CYA places an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, and many courses hold classes on-site, allowing students the opportunity to experience what they are studying first-hand and have access to authentic materials and artifacts.

The Setting

Athens is the capital of Greece and home to an ancient and powerful empire. Students take courses in the heart of the city alongside breathtaking monuments such as the Marble Stadium and National Gardens. The Acropolis, which sits on a hilltop and consists of ancient buildings and temples, can be seen from almost every point of the city. Since a tough economic crisis in 2009, the city has been reemerging as an energetic cultural hub, and students have the exciting opportunity to gain new perspectives by experiencing life in a historical and global environment.



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of four courses while in Greece, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Courses are taught at the CYA study center alongside other North American students, and CYA offers a wide-range of courses in areas such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, History, Philosophy, and more. Please visit the CYA website for more information about courses.


For Princeton approval, applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad.

Grading and Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Spring semester: late January to late May
Fall semester: early September to late December 

For up-to-date program calendars, please visit the CYA website


Students are housed in apartments, selected and vetted by CYA, with four or five other students in the Pangrati area of Athens. These are residential apartment buildings, which are about a two to ten minute walk from the academic center. Through these accommodations, students have the opportunity to interact with Greek neighbors and live like every day residents of Athens.
Apartments include a common area, kitchen, bathroom, and balcony, and a pillow, two blankets, and a bedspread will be provided for each student (towels are not provided). The bedrooms (double and single) include heating and cooling units and a desk with a locking drawer. Wi-Fi access, heat, electricity, and water are included, although students should be aware that utilities are used more conservatively in Greece compared to the United States. Laundry facilities are available at the academic center.
There are additional dining facilities in the CYA Academic Center, and students are provided with one mid-day meal on weekdays except on overnight trips and holidays. All other meals will be the responsibility of the student.
Students should be aware that Greek law mandates “quiet hours” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Students are expected to respect these quiet hours and other Greek social customs, including greeting neighbors in hallways and elevators.

Money Matters 

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website. CYA will assist students with obtaining the Greek study visas. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying should complete the following steps:
  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the CYA online application according to CYA's deadline. Please note that CYA's admission process is rolling, which means you should submit your application as soon as possible in order to be considered for the program. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

Dates / Deadlines: - unrelated header
Dates / Deadlines:
Tabular data for Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 04/30/2021 05/07/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/30/2021 05/07/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 10/15/2021 10/22/2021 TBA TBA
Layout wrapper table for buttons
Layout table containing buttons