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epost April 11 (Apr 2019)
April 23rd, 2019 Much more than a Language Lesson CYA student Asa Berolzheimer volunteers as an English tutor for Falaq, one of the teenage boys living at the shelter of unaccompanied minors run by The Home Project. Twice a week, Asa finds his way to Kipseli, a downtown Athenian neighborhood, to meet Falaq for their 2-hour English lesson. Last week, we joined the class and had a chat with Asa to find out more about his volunteering experience. More Stories

epost March 28 (Mar 2019)
March 28th, 2019 A Greek Football Derby! On Sunday 17 March CYA organized a field trip to a football game (Panathinaikos-Olympiakos) in the framework of the Sociology of Dissent course. CYA professor Rosa Vasilaki describes how this engaging experience pushed students to explore the social and political aspects of football.  More Stories Exploring the Peloponnese Peek into some of the highlights of the CYA Spring '19 field trip

epost March 8 (Mar 2019)
March 8th, 2019 CYA at the Delphi Economic Forum 2019 CYA successfully participated in the Delphi Economic Forum for the third year in the row. CYA student and MediaLab intern Caroline Farrell was among the group of students who attended the forum – read her report on the event. More Stories Top 10 Coffeeshops in Athens We have gathered students, staff and faculty picks for the best cafes in Athens. Athens is a textbook 

epost February 04 (Feb 2019)
February 5th, 2019 CYA at the 2019 AIA/SCS Annual Meeting Vincent & Adamantia (Marathakis‘96) Hormovitis, Theoni Scourta (VP for Academic Affairs, CYA), Ann Brownlee ‘73 (U Penn), Robert Pitt (Ancient History & Archaeology professor, CYA), Erica Huffman ‘93 (Director of Alumni Relations, CYA) CYA reception and faculty presentation at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (

epost November 20 V01 (Nov 2018)
November 20th, 2018 Thank you to All Our Partners for a Successful Fall 2018 Fair Season! Campus Travel Representative Adiya King (far right) with three CYA Ambassadors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This fall CYA participated in 85 Study Abroad Fairs across the U.S., promoting the life-changing experience of living and studying in Greece. For more than two months, our tireless team was on the road, engaging with partners and students and spreadin

epost November draft 1 (Nov 2018)
November 1st, 2018 Shai Nickerson: My Study Abroad Story Shai Nickerson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) attended CYA in Spring 2018. The semester at CYA has been Shai’s first experience outside the US. Upon conclusion of her stay in Greece, Shai collected her favourite photos and created an interesting video, describing her life-changing experience with CYA and the country. In Shai’s words: “I now have a greater appreciation for other cultures as well as my own.

epost October16th 2018 final Copy (Oct 2018)
October 19th, 2018 Studying Anthropology in Greece October is National Arts and Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America! This year, the  Americans for the Arts organization joins forces with the  National Humanities Alliance to bring a higher profile to the significance of humanities in education. On this occasion we asked Rachel Klein, CYA Fall ’18 student and a junior majoring in anthropolog

epost September18th 2018 (Sep 2018)
September 18th, 2018 Welcome to CYA Fall '18 New students introduced to the CYA experience College Year in Athens welcomed its Fall ‘18 semester students, who began their study abroad journey, with a week-long orientation program full of engaging activities. CYA President Alexis Phylactopoulos spoke to the students on the opening day of orientation week. Here are excerpts of his remarks. “My main piece of advice to you is to become engaged. Put your fears behind and go ou

epost September18th 2018 (Sep 2018)
September 18th, 2018 Welcome to CYA Fall '18 New students introduced to the CYA experience College Year in Athens welcomed its Fall ‘18 semester students, who began their study abroad journey, with a week-long orientation program full of engaging activities. CYA President Alexis Phylactopoulos spoke to the students on the opening day of orientation week. Here are excerpts of his remarks. “My main piece of advice to you is to become engaged. Put your fears behind and go ou

1 August 2018 ePost (Aug 2018)
August 1st, 2018 CYA Students Volunteer at The HOME Project Shelter for Refugee Children A group of CYA summer course students had the opportunity to investigate various aspects of socio-economic life in Greece beyond the academic perspective that they acquired in class. The students came in contact with the current refugee crisis through “The HOME Project”, a unifying initiative set up to address the needs of refugee children who have arrived in Greece alone. Its mission

11 July 2018 ePost (Jul 2018)
July 11th, 2018 Join us in celebrating the great success of the International Conference "Thucydides, the Athenian" “Thucydides, the Athenian” International Conference, organized by College Year in Athens, took place in Athens on 26-29 June. With 12 speakers, more than 100 active participants, and special sideline activities, the conference was a success. “Thucydides, the Athenian” sought to situate Thucydides in his native city, exploring the man within his political and socia

13 June 2018 ePost (Jun 2018)
June 13th, 2018 Active excavation, travel writing, philosophy, history, food, good times… CYA summer sessions begin!   Summer classes have started at CYA and students are already enjoying a unique combination of academic experiences and day-to-day cultural explorations.  Summer session I lasts from May 28 to June 23 and it includes four courses that put an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom. Field trips and site visits have a central role in helping students g

4 May 2018 ePost (May 2018)
May 7th, 2018 Message from the President: New York Times' Article on Raphael Demos & The Importance of Philosophy On April 30, 2018, New York Times carried a very admiring article by Robert E. Rubin about Raphael Demos and the importance of Philosophy,  Robert E. Rubin: Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government which I thought you would enjoy reading. For those who have not known Raphael or his involvement with CYA, let me say that he and his

29 March 2018 ePost (Mar 2018)
March 30th, 2018 Presenting the Work of CYA at Aixonidai Halai Professor Karavas supervising Voula Field School students on-site Voula Field School is the latest incarnation of CYA's longstanding intensive two-week winter intersession excavation at Aixonidai Halai, located on the outskirts of Athens, in the seaside town of Voula. Since CYA students first excavated the site in January 2008, we haven't looked back. Attesting to the success of the program, CYA has now de

15 March 2018 ePost (Mar 2018)
March 15th, 2018 At the Center of it All: Delphi Economic Forum, 1-4 March 2018  CYA students with Professor Romolo Gandolfo at the Delphi Economic Forum Twenty-two CYA Spring '18 students with a keen interest in politics, globalization and world affairs had the unique opportunity to be personally invited by the organization's Founder and Chairman Symeon Tsomokos to attend the  Delphi Economic Forum. Now in its third year, it's an event that has been l

22 February 2018 ePost (Feb 2018)
February 22nd, 2018 CYA Founder’s Day – Honoring CYA’s Former Faculty From left: Alexander Kitroeff, Maria Iliou, Chris Todd, Alexis Phylactopoulos In 2017, the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini featured a story on CYA and the background of its founder, Ismene Phylactopoulou,  “a 15-year-old girl from Smyrna who crossed the Aegean as a refugee in a small boat 95 years ago, to later become one of Greece’s leading cultural and educational ambassadors.”  On Februa

8 February 2018 ePost (Feb 2018)
February 8th, 2018 Orientation Spring Semester 2018  Faculty, Staff, and Students enjoying a traditional Greek taverna dinner Following the winter intersession in January, we welcomed the arrival of our Spring Semester 2018 students. The Orientation week was jam-packed with activities, including a welcome breakfast with CYA President Mr. Phylactopoulos, and an authentic Greek dinner at a taverna. The week included various administrative, health and safety seminars

31 January 2018 ePost (Jan 2018)
January 31st, 2018 CYA in the Top 3 Study Abroad Programs of 2017 We opened the New Year with the news that CYA had been named one of the top three study abroad programs worldwide by GoAbroad based on student evaluations. GoAbroad is an international program directory that registers student evaluations on academic programs attended worldwide. It aims to create resources and share international travel opportunities developing new ways to support the int

21 November ePost (Nov 2017)
November 21st, 2017 Marathon Dreams Come True CYA is proud to congratulate all its students who participated in last weekend’s 35th Athens Authentic Marathon. The spectacular annual event, which takes place right across from the CYA Academic Center, draws thousands of spectators and participants from around the globe determined to face the grueling course and realize their dream of completing the original race. It is truly inspirational to watch runners cross the finish line

09 November ePost (Nov 2017)
November 8th, 2017 CYA Commemorates Classes of ’71 and ’72 It is heart-warming to see CYA classes of previous decades remember with affection their time in Greece and to hold reunions in the US. In one such reunion of the CYA classes of ’71 and ’72, held in Kelseyville CA, funds were collected for a class gift. It contributed to the funding of new computer and software equipment dedicated to the study of Digital Archaeology & Urbanism. A plaque commemorating with gratitude

19 October ePost (Oct 2017)
October 19th, 2017 CYA on the Road! Over the past couple of months, CYA has been on the road visiting more than 85 Colleges and Study Abroad Fairs across the U.S to spread the word about the powerful advantages of studying abroad in Greece. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Study Abroad Advisors and schools that hosted us throughout the season of fairs. Thankyou to our Campus Representatives, Alumni Ambassadors, and U.S. staff for all their fantastic work in ca

12 October ePost (Oct 2017)
October 12th, 2017 Longtime supporters of CYA honored with named campus facilities CYA, in recognition of the great generosity, love and support of our institution by Anne and James Rothenberg over the years, has dedicated an important space on the 2nd floor of the Academic Center and named it the ANNE & JAMES ROTHENBERG CONFERENCE SUITE. This is a multi-purpose set of rooms that overlook the Marble Stadium and its plaza in front, with the Acropolis in the background. It is a

21 September ePost (Sep 2017)
September 21st, 2017 Opportunities to Learn while Traveling CYA Semester Optional Trips & Field Trips – Crete & Andros Educational travel is key at CYA, and as such, we provide students with several opportunities to learn while traveling throughout Greece. Each semester all students participate in three academic field trips. There are also three other optional trips combining learning and travel. More on those later in the semester. Following the first orientation field trip t

07 September ePost (Sep 2017)
September 7th, 2017 Welome to CYA Fall '17! This fall semester’s students are, as usual, a brilliant bunch of young people willing and eager to immerse themselves in one of the most exciting academic and personal experiences of a lifetime. Welcome to CYA, class of fall 2017! It was a great first week at CYA, as we kicked off fall semester by welcoming 110 students from over 50 schools across the U.S, all set to embark on the marvelous voyage of study abroad in Greece. CYA

10 August ePost (Aug 2017)
August 10th, 2017 Summer Session II Wrap-Up! Following on from last month’s first summer session courses, CYA finalized its eight- week summer season delivering yet another excellent set of courses to another happy bunch of CYA students with a new-found appreciation for Greece. Let’s take a brief look at what went on during their intensive whirlwind study abroad experience! MS325 The Anthropology of Food in Greece: the Mediterranean Diet and More (Athens, Koroni) Ex

10 July ePost (Jul 2017)
July 10th, 2017 The CYA Summer Session 1 Scoop! We recently welcomed our first set of Summer 2017 CYA students, eager to embark on a learning experience of a lifetime here in Greece. Our summer courses run over two consecutive four-week sessions from the end of May until the end of July. These short-term, intensive study abroad courses offer CYA students unique, experience-based opportunities for learning, taking advantage of the sun, the sea, and the vibrant summer culture in

12 June ePost (Jun 2017)
June 12th, 2017 CYA Study Abroad News, Updates, and Upcoming Events “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections” - CYA at #NAFSA17 Conference & Expo in L.A. CYA was out in full force demonstrating its commitment to global learning and mobility at the Annual NAFSA Conference & Expo, which took place in L.A. May 28-June 2. It was a fabulous opportunity for our team to meet and dialogue with peers and leaders to discuss key issues, share and gain valuable insights on a

18 May ePost (May 2017)
May 18th, 2017 CYA hosts its first Student Conference Our inaugural CYA Student Conference, themed “Greece and Beyond: Notions of Identity in the Greek World,” took place on May 3 and 4 at the CYA Academic Centre. The conference explored the essence of what it means to be Greek, and why people need to identify themselves as Greek. Six CYA students (Kelly Platt,Skidmore College; Jamie Dawes, Emory University; Alyssa Mendez, Columbia University; Sophia Kiernan, University of Not

05 May ePost (May 2017)
May 5th, 2017 55 Years and Counting... Kathimerini Features CYA's Story College Year in Athens celebrates its 55th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, Kathimerini, the most prestigious Greek newspaper, has published a wonderful story by Ioanna Fotiadi honoring CYA’s legacy in education and study abroad. Who would have thought that a 15-year-old girl who crossed the Aegean as a refugee in a small boat 95 years ago would become one of Greece’s leading cultural and educa

20 April 2017 E-Post (Apr 2017)
April 20th, 2017 Fulfilling Our Pledge to the Generation Study Abroad Initiative CYA is a Commitment Partner of the Institute of International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad (GSA) Initiative. The GSA Initiative brings employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college students. CYA has pledged to increase enr

05 April 2017 E-Post (Apr 2017)
April 5th, 2017 CYA at 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference: Embracing the Future of Global Education Nicholas Kondoprias (CYA’s Director of Development) and Katie Sievers (Associate Director of Campus Relations) recently attended the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference which took place on March 19 – 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Among the attendees were professionals, administrators and educators striving to attract, retain and serve the needs of diverse and underrepresented

March 2017 ePost (Mar 2017)
March 6th, 2017 Welcome to! We're pleased to announce the launch of, a space hosting news, student blogs, and other CYA related stories facilitating the sharing of information across social media. We would be more than happy to hear from alumni and friends regarding any CYA stories that you would like to contribute or photos you'd like to share. Contact us at: Please follow us, connect with our social networks, "like" and "share"

February 2017 E-Post (Feb 2017)
February 9th, 2017 In this e-Post, Dr. John Karavas, CYA professor of Ancient History & Archaeology, has some interesting facts to share about the Halmyris excavation project in Romania and the CYA dig in Voula, a coastal suburb of Athens. Faculty Represents CYA at the AIA/SCS Joint Annual Meeting in Toronto Professor of Ancient History & Archaeology at CYA and director of the Halmyris excavation Dr. John Karavas presented a paper Excavations at Halmyris: A field report of the

November 2016 ePost (Nov 2016)
November 21st, 2016 The CYA Experience eBook CYA students view their study abroad in Greece as a life-changing experience, one that has increased their awareness and perceptions making them better prepared to live in the global community. In this edition, you hear from some of the people who make things happen. Members of CYA Faculty talk about the way they deliver the messages originating from their academic disciplines in class or on site. In our changing world, the traditional

October 26, 2016 ePost (Oct 2016)
October 26th, 2016 Forum on Education Abroad, the Athens Experience The Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference ‘Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe’ took place in Athens (Oct 3-8, 2016) and attracted faculty and administrative executives from more than 300 universities, colleges and educational institutions. CYA hosted the conference, which took place at Aigli Zappeiou and CYA's premises at Stadium Square, next to the Kallimarmaro. The Forum,

October 4, 2016 ePost (Oct 2016)
October 4th, 2016 Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference begins October 5 in Athens The 3rd European Conference of the Forum on Education Abroad (October 5th-7th, 2016) is taking place in Athens at a crucial time for Greece as well as Europe. The conference theme, “Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe,” focuses on the transformation Europe is going through and the perceptions and expectations of American students as they experience this transformat

September 2016 ePost (Sep 2016)
September 28th, 2016 Dear friends, CYA is hosting Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference titled “Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe.” The conference theme is very timely. It focuses on the transformation Europe is going through and the perceptions and expectations of American students as they experience this transformation. Europe’s picture today is a big contrast to the peaceful museum land that was Europe a few years back. How can we explain thi

May 2016 ePost (May 2016)
CYA NEWS: No more application fees, new fall courses, and more! May 2016 Application Fee Waived Starting with applications for Spring 2017, the $50 CYA semester application fee will be eliminated! We know the fee is one of many factors students consider when researching study abroad programs; hopefully this change will encourage more students to consider applying and look further into the many benefits of studying with CYA. The summer application fee will also be wai

March 2016 ePost (Mar 2016)
Catch up on CYA's latest news! March 2016 CYA Hosting Forum’s 3rd European Conference As we affiliates and alumni of CYA know, the past year has been a time of change and transformation for Greece and broader Europe. U.S. students studying abroad—at CYA and throughout Europe—are experiencing this transition in real time. This October, at The Forum on Education Abroad’s Third European Conference, the education abroad community will hav

July 2015 ePost (Jul 2015)
Welcome to our new CYA e-post! I would like to introduce to you CYA's new electronic communication medium, the e-post. While not replacing The Owl, our beloved alumni newsletter, each e-post edition will bring you several times a year short notices that highlight new developments, events and things of interest to the CYA community. Greece, as I am sure you are aware, is going through some rough economic times, currently plowing through legislation on a s

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