Educational Excursions are an integral part of the curriculum and bring students into direct contact with the people, geography, landscape, history, civilization, sites and monuments of Greece.
Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students. Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, medieval, and modern Greek history during substantial excursions to the Peloponnese, and either Crete (fall semester) or Central and Northern Greece (spring semester). Instruction is conducted by faculty and other experts who have special knowledge of the relevant sites and locales. The cost of these excursions is included in the program fee.
Shorter, Optional Study Trips are led by experienced faculty. They supplement the academic experience of students and introduce them to significant aspects of Greek and Mediterranean history and culture. Each semester CYA plans two optional trips to parts of Greece that are not included in each semester’s Educational Excursions. Students become acquainted with different aspects of Greek history and culture and gain an understanding of the landscape, traditions, and way of life of the places visited. The cost of Optional Study Trips is not included in the program fee but is kept low so that most students find them very affordable. The trips usually take place over a 3-day weekend. Details are sent to all accepted students before the semester begins.
Whenever possible the faculty take their students out of their classrooms to experience first-hand the sites, monuments and museums in Athens. Those enrolled in any of the archaeology and art history courses have a wealth of opportunities to study the original objects. Many faculty teaching courses in other disciplines also take advantage of opportunities to bring their students into direct contact with the local community, such as courses in service learning, environment, government, immigration and modern Greek.
A series of lectures and presentations are organized each semester on a variety of subjects. Given by prominent Greek and international scholars, these lectures are complementary to the BCA-CYA curriculum and aim to enrich and expand it. There is no attendance fee.
The Conservation workshop takes place in the CYA premises. Working alongside a conservator of antiquities, students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the conservator’s craft by reassembling ceramics and doing aesthetic repairs using plaster and colors.
The Marble workshop takes place at an atelier near the Academic Center. Students work on a design of their choice, guided and instructed by experienced marble carvers.
An exhibition of student work takes place at the end of each semester.
Spring semester students who have a serious interest in archaeology are invited to come to Athens two weeks before the start of the semester to participate in the excavation of a site in a coastal suburb of Athens. The excavation will appear on students’ transcripts as a short course recommended for one academic credit. This two-week program includes archaeological field work, lectures, and visits to related sites; housing is provided in CYA apartments.
A supplemental fee is charged for each of the above activities.