When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The Fall semester deadline is May 1. The Spring semester deadline is October 15.
Can I study abroad as a freshman?
No. To study abroad with BCA, a student must have at least one year of undergraduate study. If you are a first year student, then we encourage you to jump right into planning for your study abroad experience. Your first year in school is a great time to figure out where you want to go and find out what your school’s policies are for study abroad, including financial aid, credit transfer and programs available to you. Good Luck!
Do I need a visa to study in Greece?
Yes. In order to legally study in Greece each student must obtain a student visa with multiple entries, in order to travel abroad to other countries from Greece. To get a visa, students must go to the Greek consulate that has jurisdiction over the state in which you permanently reside. BCA will assist students by sending the documents necessary to present to the Greek consulate to obtain the visa. For more visa information, please visit www.state.gov/s/cpr.rls/fco, http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html, and travel.state.gov/passport.
Do I need to know Greek to participate in the program?
All BCA-CYA classes are taught in English; therefore, prior knowledge of modern Greek is not necessary to apply to or attend the program. However, your experience–both academic and cultural–will be immeasurably enhanced by your efforts to learn and speak modern Greek. As a result, the vast majority of CYA students enroll in CYA Modern Greek Language courses. No one expects a student to become fluent in one semester, or a year for that matter, but even the most rudimentary knowledge of the language will help you to get around Athens and the rest of the country, meet people, and better understand the nuances of Greek history and culture.
How many courses will I take?
Generally, students take four or five classes during a semester, receiving three credits for each class. It is important to consult with your advisor prior to studying abroad to decide what classes are needed to meet academic requirements of your college or university.
I am worried my GPA may not be good enough. Should I still apply?
BCA Study Abroad aims to engage each participant in an appropriately challenging level of academic work while abroad. We acknowledge that an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is only one indicator of accomplishment and ability.
The BCA Study Abroad expectation is that most students would show at least a 2.6 GPA across their course work prior to their study abroad term. Certain host universities may have GPA requirements of their own, in which case the higher GPA requirement of the two would apply.
Recent enrollment history shows our students’ average GPAs have been above 3.44 (4.0 scale). Our post-semester academic results reveal that students with higher and lower GPAs can excel in study abroad. We are open to discuss program selection and course of study for students who do not reach the expected 3.0 GPA.
Where do BCA – CYA Athens students study?
The College Year in Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of central Athens next to the Marble Stadium and opposite the National Gardens, with a stunning view of the Acropolis. The Academic Center houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge, the dining hall, the computer lab, an auditorium, laundry facilities, and faculty and administrative offices. The Center is convenient to major historical sites, public transportation, and amenities such as shops and restaurants. Classes take place at the Academic Center as well as on-site both within Athens and on educational excursions. Student housing is located in residential neighborhoods within walking distance of the Academic Center.
Where will I live?
Students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens, within a two- to ten-minute walk from the Academic Center, or they can choose to live with a host family.
The apartment neighborhood is desirable for its central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slope of Lykavittos Hill. All students live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor “farmers market” offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and flowers.
There are generally no more than a few CYA apartments within a given building. The advantage of these accommodations over typical student dormitories is that students have a greater opportunity to interact with their Greek neighbors and generally live like Athenians do.
A typical apartment houses four or five students (double and single rooms) and includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are simply but fully furnished, with air-conditioned bedrooms and WiFi Internet access. Although each student receives space to store clothing and personal belongings, storage is limited and students are advised not to over-pack. CYA provides a pillow, two blankets and a bedspread for each student. Semester and full-year students must bring towels, sheets and pillowcases. Beds are standard twin size.
Additionally, students can choose to live with a host family. Homestays are typically 30 -45 minutes away from the CYA center, when traveling by metro or bus. All interested students fill out a homestay application to ensure they are matched with the best family!
Why study with BCA?
BCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent organizations committed to promoting international understanding and academic excellence through college study abroad programs for U.S. students and adult seminars for faculty and administrators. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange. Among the special qualities of BCA’s programs are: unique opportunities to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history and daily life; opportunity for cultural immersion; and tremendous academic and administrative support.
Will my financial aid transfer?
Financial aid from an individual school is transferred at the school’s discretion, but all federal aid is transferrable. Students should consult their financial aid advisor for further information and advice.
Will my school accept credit from BCA Athens?
It is important that students check with their university registration and records office to determine whether BCA credits will be accepted. Each university has its own policy for transferring credits, and it is the students’ responsibility to follow their home university rules and regulations. Upon completion, BCA sends transcripts from College Year in Athens and BCA course reports to students and their home universities. If the home university or college requires a transcript from a US school, BCA provides a transcript from Elizabethtown College, which is BCA’s school of record.