Study Abroad

College Year in Athens

  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

The College Year in Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Athens Marble Stadium opposite the National Gardens. With its suburbs, Athens has a population of over 3.7 million representing more than a third of the total population of Greece. The city has attracted visitors since ancient times, with its classical monuments, famous museums, and numerous theatres (Athens has more theatres than any other European city). The city faces problems like poor infrastructure, pollution, and overcrowding; however, since the 2004 Summer Olympics were held there, the city has made a largely successful effort to transform its appearance.

  • Visa:

    Required. The visa application process requires FBI clearance and fingerprints. Students should use an FBI approved channeler to assist with this process and CYA provides students with more information.

    Non-US citizens should consult with CYA and and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford is responsible for submitting tuition payment to CYA. Students pay room and board costs directly to CYA.

Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Greek language course, either ancient or modern Greek. One semester of Modern Greek fulfills the language requirement.

Academic Credit

Four courses per semester are considered the equivalent of full-time study, but a student may elect a fifth course, free of additional charge, whether or not it is required by the home college. Courses meet three hours weekly with the exception of some language courses, which meet more often. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Ancient Greek Civilization track offers courses in Art and Archaeology, Classics, Greek Language, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. The East Mediterranean Area Studies track offers courses in Art and Archaeology, Ethnography, Greek Language, History, Religion and Sociology.

Whenever relevant, classes are taught at historical sites and museums. Field trips to places of interest including Crete, Argolid, Northern Greece, Delphi, Olympia, Sounion, Marathon, Isthemia, Nemea, Mistra, Osios Loukas, and Thessaloniki.

Course Highlights

Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology/Archeology, Cities, Classics, Economics, Environmental Studies, Greek, History, International Relations, Latin, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Urbanism & Sustainability, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Held during the first few days, students take time to meet with the program director and learn about Greek society and culture.

Number of Students

Approximately 100 students attend each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Students live in apartments with other study abroad students on the program. Apartments are close to the CYA center. Homestay arrangements may be possible for students who express interest; home-stay accommodations depend on availability and student profile.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


Additional Resources

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  • Semester
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Late January to mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

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