Program Details

Program Location Athens, Greece
Sponsor CYA
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30009
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/19/25 to 05/17/25
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/21/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 05/17/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



The College Year in Athens (CYA) program offers university-level courses focused on Greece and the East Mediterranean world. At the same time, it specializes in creating a caring learning environment that imparts knowledge by first-hand experience, immediate observation, perception, and enjoyment. Whether you are already immersed in Greek studies and thinking about a career in academia, or seeking to fulfill general education requirements, you will find courses designed to help you achieve your academic goals.

The program’s Academic Center, located in Athens itself, includes the library, the lounge, the cafeteria, the computer lab, and the administration and faculty offices.  The Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium, the Kallimarmaron, where the revival of the Modern Olympics took place in 1896. Under this very same Academic Center, the Olympic 2004 Marathon racers broke the finish line in August 2004.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CYA.



The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students will take 12-15 credits on this program.

CYA places an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, offering hands-on learning experiences in the abundant environment of Greece. Many classes are held on-site adding a new dimension to learning and a global understanding of the subject.

All courses at CYA make use of the abundant resources in Athens and of what can be seen or experienced directly. The Archaeology and Art History courses provide a wealth of opportunities to study authentic materials and original artifacts on-site and in the world renowned museums of Athens. 

Courses from other disciplines also bring you in direct contact with the local community – such as Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Politics and Modern Greek.

Our extensive curriculum is complemented by field study to key historical sites. The program is carefully designed to enrich classroom material and provide a deeper understanding of Greece. English is the language of instruction for all courses at CYA.

Courses: Link here for more information about courses.

Students should note while this program is approved by Psychology, it offers limited psychology coursework. Students may be able to take 1-2 psychology classes, but there is not a large variety to pick from. 


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

Experience historically and culturally significant sites and regions first-hand, and interact with the people and landscape of Greece. CYA-led field study is an essential part of the CYA curriculum and supplements the academic program. The cost of the required field study (a total of twelve days) is included in the fees. You can read more about the field study here.

Optional excursions: Explore places of interest within Greece and Europe in addition to the semester's academic field study. Led by experienced faculty, optional field study combines academics, history, contemporary culture and personal exploration. Optional field study takes place over a 3-day weekend. (These require a supplemental fee which is kept low, making it affordable for students to participate.) Details of available optional field study is sent to all accepted students before the semester begins.


CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens. All apartmens are a short walk (2 to 10 minutes) from the Academic Center.

You can read more about the living arrangements here.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition for 4 or 5 classes, lunches Monday-Friday, insurance, excursions and cultural activities, cell phone, and on-site orientation.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $24,500.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,350.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $3,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Visa $200.00
Meals $1,350.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,250.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

After paying the study abroad deposit, participants will need to complete a program application which will be forwarded to the North American office of College Year in Athens. Students will be notified directly by CYA about their acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information


Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email