Athens is home to ancient monuments of the classical era, such as the Parthenon and Acropolis, as well as a variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments. The city’s rich culture spans the traditional, with museums, theaters, galleries, neighborhood markets and concert halls to the trendy, with hip bars, dance clubs, and sports venues.
Housing & Meals
Students will live in furnished apartments in the Pangrati area of Athens, about 10 minutes away from the CYA center. The neighborhood is central and close to sites, monuments and museums as well as grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, bakeries, banks and a weekly farmers market.
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.
A main mid-day meal is provided on weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on overnight field trips, on holidays and during recesses at the CYA dining facilities. On overnight field trips, breakfast is provided but not lunch. BCA provides a meal stipend so students can purchase and prepare food for their other meals.
Students have WiFi access in their apartments and may want to bring a computer to access the internet. The Academic Center offers plentiful wall jacks and wireless service throughout for laptop users, as well as Internet access in the computer labs.
Each CYA student is required to carry a mobile phone with a Greek telephone number. CYA has contracted with PicCell Wireless to provide students with mobile phones. CYA encourages students to order their mobile phones prior to departing for Greece in order to have use of the telephone while traveling before and/or after the Program. More information about phones will be provided after acceptance into the program.
Students walk to the CYA Academic Center and to many local attractions.
Each semester BCA students are encouraged and given opportunities to interact with others in the local community by participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Some of these activities enhance students’ understanding of Greek culture and immerse them into the local scene, as well as help students to find friends with similar interests. Here are examples of activities that have been organized in previous semesters:
- Greek dancing lessons
- Greek cooking classes
- Hiking and climbing excursions
- Horseback riding
- Scuba diving
- Fencing lessons
- Joining a local gym
- Weekend visits to a monastery (e.g. Mt. Athos for men)
- Weekend skiing on Mt. Parnassos (spring semester)
- Running the Classic Marathon (fall semester)
(Please be aware that most of these activities require supplemental fees.)