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Detailed information about this program is shown below.
  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

Liberal Arts in
Athens, Greece


college year athens

This is a Fall, Winter, or Academic Year program.

The College Year in Athens program center is located in the heart of Athens, near the ancient Olympic stadium. Students will live in the city, taking courses at the center.

For a similar Summer-term program, please see "Summer Study Abroad in Greece."

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline


  • At least junior standing by program start date preferred
  • Good academic standing
  • 3.0 GPA recommended
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


The curriculum is divided into two areas of study, Ancient Greek Civilization studies and East Mediterranean Area studies. Courses cover the following disciplines: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Ethnography, History, International Relations, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. For course offerings, please see the CYA Website.

Students will take four to five concurrent courses: 4 credits for CYA's Modern Greek Language course; other courses typically count as 3 credits. 13 to 16 Michigan in-residence credits per term.

Instruction is in English, with optional Modern Greek language study.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Fall 2017, Winter 2018, AY 2017-18 Budget Sheet
Fall 2018, Winter 2019, AY 2018-19 Budget Sheet

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

CYA Scholarships: Available for Fall or Winter students (up to 50% of tuition costs; public university students may be given special consideration). Due April 1 for all semesters. Students should apply directly to CYA.

Department of Classical Studies Grants and Scholarships Page

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program. 

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • CYA Application (paper form)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Course Study Plan
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Apartment provided by the program. 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 clima units (heating/cooling) in each bedroom and WiFi Internet access.  You will each have the use of a desk with locking drawer.  Although you will have space to store clothing and personal belongings, storage space is limited and we advide you not to over-pack. CYA will provide  a pillow, two blankets and a bedspread for each student.

A limited number of homestays may also be available. Home-stay accommodations depend on availability and on student profile.

Need to Know

CGIS Handbook Supplement
Host Institution (CYA Homepage)

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/15/2018
09/21/2018 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.