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Greece: College Year in Athens


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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College Year in Athens (CYA) provides both semester and year-long programming taught in English (and a term option for the fall). Since its establishment in 1962 it has offered visiting university students an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscapes of Greece and the Mediterranean region.

CYA offers courses in classical Greek studies, the Byzantine Empire, and contemporary Greece.  The program is designed to help students achieve their academic goals while imparting a deeper understanding of Greece and the region through the ages, gaining a new perspective on the global environment through hands-on learning opportunities.

Courses are also offered in history, literature, art and archeology, environmental studies, political science, philosophy, and classical and modern Greek.  In addition to coursework in Athens, the program offers field trips to other parts of Greece. In special cases, students may participate in only the first or the second semester of the program.

Prerequisite: junior standing and strong preparatory coursework in classics and history.
Credits: 9 (4.5 for one semester). Standard load is 4 classes per semester.  As of 2017, with a Fall Term option (3 credits plus an optional internship)

Program advisor: Professors Mitchell Parks and Hilary Lehmann

Learn more about Greece: College Year of Athens.

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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