Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


College Year in Athens Program

Posted on July 22, 2010


Established in 1962, College Year in Athens (CYA), in association with the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES) invites students to expand their knowledge and understanding of Greece's fundamental contribution to the development of civilization. Instruction takes place in the classroom and the sites of historical significance throughout the country.

Since its establishment, over 5,000 students from more than 370 North American colleges and universities have studied at College Year in Athens. With a student to faculty ratio of 7:1 and an average class size of 19, CYA is a good fit for students from small liberal arts institutions. Approximately 100 students participate each semester.

Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.


The CYA Academic Center is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Athens Marble Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games), opposite the National Gardens. Students live in apartments only minutes from the Academic Center. The location provides immediate access to local shops, public transportation, the city center and easy travel to points outside of Athens.


Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters

Program Dates

Fall Semester: late August - mid December
Spring Semester: mid January - mid May

Full Year: late August - mid May
Summer courses are offered in May/June/July – visit www.cyathens.org for more information.

Courses & Credit

Students take four or five courses per semester. Language courses meet for a total of sixty contact hours and are the equivalent of four semester credit hours; other courses meet for a total of forty-five contact hours, and are the equivalent of three semester hours. Students must take a total of 16 or 17 semester credit hours.

Admission Requirements

Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.0.

Housing & Board

Students are housed in apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of Athens, in the center of Athens, minutes from the CYA  Academic Center and the heart of Athens; local shops and public transportation are very easily accessible. Board includes a main meal Monday through Friday, (except on holidays, recesses and field trips) in the Dining Hall at the Academic Center. Students will be billed for their board by CYA.


Wheaton Tuition. Visit the CYA website to see what this includes.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, housing, board (which covers lunch Monday – Friday with the exception of holidays), meals in addition to what is covered by CYA board, supplemental study abroad insurance, and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment to see Dean Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

The curriculum covers the following academic disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Classical Languages
  • Ethnography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Sociology

The language of instruction is English and a previous knowledge of Greek is not required. For complete list of courses, CYA's website for semester courses.

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