The College Year in Athens (CYA) program center is located in the heart of Athens, near the ancient Olympic stadium. Students may choose to take courses here, or take courses located on one of Greece’s many islands or in a small town. Location will be determined by course syllabi--students may find themselves living in or visiting Athens, Antiparos, Thera, Crete, Poros, Santorini, and more.
Whenever possible, faculty take you to experience firsthand the many sites of cultural significance throughout Greece.
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.
Good academic standing
3.0 GPA recommended
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Courses are taught at Junior level; motivated students who are Sophomores by time of departure may be considered
Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of this unique summer program, which offers experience-based opportunities for learning. Courses are offered in 2 consecutive 4-week sessions between the end of May and the end of July. Choose one of these sessions, or stay for 8 weeks and complete both. For current course listings, see CYA's website.
Instruction is in English. 4 credits per session.
Outstanding students who are entertaining the prospect of a graduate education in philosophy are also welcome to apply to the Philosophy Summer Seminar (as available). It is an excellent resume-builder and exposure to graduate-level work.
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).
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 and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
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.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
CYA Application (paper form)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
In Athens, students are housed in apartments. 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 advise you not to over-pack. CYA will provide a pillow, two blankets and a bedspread for each student.
For courses located outside of Athens, or during excursions outside of the city, housing type may vary, including hotels and hostels. Please check the individual course's description for more information.
Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to:
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:
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.
Important note about summer term dates: The dates listed below encompass both possible CYA sessions. For a breakdown of individual session dates, please see CYA's website.