DelphiAs a BCA Athens student you will enroll in courses at College Year in Athens, which offers a substantial curriculum augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. As much as possible all courses make use of the resources of the city of Athens and of what can be seen or experienced directly.

Course List

You can find a list of courses and when they are typically on offer (fall or spring) at the link below. You will also find course descriptions and syllabi for each class. Modern Greek Language classes are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.  The vast majority of BCA Athens students enroll in first semester Modern Greek.

Popular Departments

  • Arts & Humanities: European & East Mediterranean Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Art & Archaeology
  • Foreign Languages: Ancient Greek, Latin, Modern Greek
  • Sciences: Environmental Studies
  • Social Sciences: Urban Planning & Sustainability

Language Proficiency

There is no language requirement for this program. Courses are taught in English.


All CYA courses are designed for upper-level undergraduates, and may be taken at two levels — those with three-hundred numbers and those with four-hundred numbers, which are more specialized and academically more demanding.

Though all courses are rigorous and require serious academic work, we recognize that BCA/CYA students are drawn from diverse backgrounds and institutions with varying experiences in the subjects they will be studying. Accordingly, all three hundred-level courses are designed as a first exposure to the subject, and are of general interest and wide in scope. However, some three-hundred-level classes, particularly in Ancient Greek Studies, are designed for students with some background in the subject, and are indicated as such in their description. Please read carefully the descriptions of all the courses offered by CYA before choosing your academic program to make sure what you select is appropriate for you. Qualified students can opt to take any three-hundred-level courses at the four-hundred level by formally declaring their intention to do so and completing reading and writing assignments similar in size and scope to those expected in four-hundred-level courses.

Courses listed as four-hundred-level are seminars on special topics and are reserved for those able to engage in advanced work.

Teaching Style

While you will of course spend time in a traditional classroom participating in lectures and discussions, one of the unique parts about the BCA Athens program is the ability to enroll in courses that substantial on site components. You should seriously consider incorporating one of the courses that are taught on site in archaeological sites and museums around Athens into your schedule. The courses include Aegean & Ancient Greek Art & Archaeology and The Archaeology of Athens.

A considerable amount of instruction at CYA also takes place on field trips outside Athens, in museums and on archaeological sites. These field trips are an integral part of our academic program and cover the full range of Greek civilization — ancient, medieval and modern.

Credits/Number of Courses

Courses are typically worth three-credits each and you should plan take between four and five courses while in Athens.  All Modern Greek language classes and the first and second semester of Ancient Greek, which meet for a total of 60 contact hours during a semester, are worth four-credits each.

Course Registration information

The courses listed on the link above are indicative of those usually offered in fall and spring respectively and are intended to help prospective students begin to plan their semester or year abroad. As soon as each semester’s course offerings and class schedule are finalized they are posted on the website, and accepted students are notified by e-mail that registration has opened. Students submit their course selections and alternate course choices via e-mail to the CYA Registrar.