College Year in Athens
The primary focus of this program is to provide students with first-hand experience with Greece, in its ancient, medieval and modern contexts. For obvious reasons, CYA is an incredible opportunity for students studying classics. Students who study in Greece through CYA will undergo a process of orientation upon arrival, which will acquaint students with staff and faculty, provide information on the program and Greek life, and will introduce the city Athens through planned activities and group outings. All courses will be taught in English, but students are encouraged to study Greek and/or Latin as part of their courseload. In addition to language courses, students can choose from a wide variety of disciplines including as history, religion, philosophy, art history, political science, and more. All students will live in apartments (four or five students per apartment in double and single rooms) in local residential buildings in the Kolonaki and Pangrati quarters of Athens, located about ten to twenty minutes walking from the CYA Academic Center. Program fees cover a mid-day meal at the Academic Center on weekdays, but all other meal accommodations must be procured by the students themselves. In addition to group trips and cultural events, numerous extra-curricular activities and athletics are organized by the program, as are volunteer opportunities. CYA also has an open-door drop-in policy for all types of student support (academic, personal, etc) at the Academic Center. Contrary to its name, this program is offered in both semester and year-long commitments.
Further info can be found at:CYA Athens
The academics were in some ways easier than Reed, especially in terms of coursework and the level of quality expected. But the quality was not diminished by this. Instead, going onsite and getting guided tours by experts made all the difference in the world. It made the ancient world—and modern Greece—come alive in ways books and slide-shows never can do. My apartment was light and airy, with wooden floors and white walls. The kitchen was small, but the six of us shared it without too much grumbling. The walls were thin, which meant being kept up by late-night returns and rumbling traffic. The food, though only lunch was provided, was excellent, and my only regret was that there wasn't more of it (that is, breakfast and dinner).The professors are all passionate about their areas of study, and if you join them in that passion, all the coursework and field trips will be exciting and wonderful. And don't fret about Modern Greek: you don't need it to get by, and I suspect it would have gotten in my way if I had taken it without truly wanting to learn the language. Ancient Greek, on the other hand, was a blast for me. There's not much to the campus proper, but really the whole of Athens is your campus. Everything I found to be within an hours' walk of the Academic Center, and being a walker, I often was ahead of those who took the bus or metro. I have always studied for myself, and no one else. I have no goal, no focus, in what I study, only that I study what I enjoy learning about. So while much of my CYA experience fit well with my interest in Classics and Humanities, I'm not necessarily going to study more of that at Reed. There are other interests to pursue!