When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The fall semester deadline is May 1. The spring semester deadline is October 15.
About the School
Where do BCA Athens students study?
The College Year in Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of central Athens, 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 located next to the Modern Olympic (Marble) Stadium, and has convenient access 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.
How many native and international students attend this school?
There are approximately 120 students enrolled at College Year in Athens each semester and all are international students. The majority come from North America.
What are the class sizes?
There are about 10 students in each language class and approximately 18 students in other classes.
What is the teaching and assessment style abroad?
There will be lectures and discussions. Most courses involve learning outside the classroom, such as visits to museums and archaeological sites around Athens. Course structures vary, but assessment criteria are similar to most U.S. university courses. Possible assessments include exams and quizzes, research papers, presentations, and participation.
What are some student life activities available on campus?
College Year in Athens helps to organize many extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, and internship-type placements. Previous students have joined local rugby or sailing teams, shadowed doctors, volunteered at soup kitchens, and even assisted beekeepers (to name only a few!). See additional examples of what students have done in the past here. CYA also regularly offers student activities and excursions such as dinners, guest speakers, and hiking trips.
What are the accommodations like? Who will I be living with?
You will live in furnished apartments near campus or in a homestay. In the apartments, you’ll live with 3-6 other students in single or double rooms. Student apartments are often in the same building as Greek families, so that you have more opportunities to interact with the locals and live like true Athenians. As for meals, CYA provides lunch on the weekdays, while students are responsible for all other meals. For an alternative housing option, homestays are positioned through the city and at the furthest are 45 minutes to 1 hours away from the CYA Academic Center, accessible by metro or bus and walking. Host families will provide all meals except lunch during the weekdays. Learn more about accommodations and meals here.
Do host families speak English?
All host families speak English. If students want to practice their language skills, the family can also speak Greek with them.
Are internships available?
There are no internships set up through BCA for this program, although your resident director may have suggestions for you if you choose to seek one out on your own.
Are volunteer opportunities available?
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available such as with the World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, and Doctors of the World.
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 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.
Is Internet/Wi-Fi available?
The CYA Academic Center, student apartments and all homestays are equipped with Wi-Fi.