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

Language Proficiency

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


While searching for courses you may notice that certain courses are referred to as “on site taught courses.” These indicate courses where faculty take their students out of the classroom to experience first hand the sites, monuments and museums in Athens. There are still some course sessions scheduled in traditional classrooms at CYA, but many of the courses take place on-site in Athens. For example A331 Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology plans over half of the class meetings to take place on-site with visits to the Acropolis to study not only the Parthenon, but also the Propylaia and the Erechtheion. Additionally, the class meets at the Acropolis and National Archaeological museums and the Ancient Agora.

You may also notice the opportunity to participate in either a Conservation or Marble Workshop. Workshops are non-credit opportunities to work with local experts to learn their crafts and they require an additional fee. Soon after the start of the fall and spring semesters notices are sent out about the dates and costs of each workshop. Students interested in either are invited to sign up and pay their fees at that time.


All CYA courses are designed for upper-level undergraduates. Most courses may be taken at either the three-hundred or four-hundred level. You should carefully read the descriptions of all the courses offered by CYA before choosing your courses to make sure what you select is appropriate for you. Though all courses are rigorous and require serious academic work, we recognize that students are drawn from diverse backgrounds and institutions with varying experience in the subject matter. 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.

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 taken at the four-hundred level will be more academically demanding.

Courses listed only at the 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 with substantial on site components. You should seriously consider incorporating a course that is taught on site at 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 the academic program and cover the full range of Greek civilization — ancient, medieval and modern.


Assessment methods vary depending on the course, but standard methods include research papers, exams and quizzes, presentations, in-class participation and attendance. You can find assessment information for each of the courses by referencing the course syllabi that are available through the course listing link.

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.