This program explores the relationship between ancient Greek practices and modern-day health and wellness via experiential learning by excavating at Voula, exploring Athens, and tending the Hippocrates Garden on Kos. Greek language, culture, dance, and culinary workshops are also included. NOTE: All health & safety protocols are observed

Founded in 1962, CYA has nearly 60 years of experience serving the needs of students abroad in Greece. CYA is the oldest and largest independent institution in Greece exclusively devoted to studying abroad, with more than 10,000 alumni.

Program Highlights
-Participate in an excavation of a 2000-year old site at the outskirts of Athens in the seaside city of Voula.
-Visit the island of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates, father of Medicine, and work in a traditionally-tended garden to learn how today's pursuit of healthier living and natural healing is consistent with ancient practices.
-Participate in excursions to sites such as Delphi, Epidaurus, Mycenae, and ancient Olympia. 
-Explore Athens, a modern & vibrant city where today's life is intertwined with its glorious past.
-Take day trips to nearby sites such as the site of the battle of Marathon of 400 B.C. and the origin of today’s Marathon runs.
-Visit an organic farm to learn how traditional agricultural practices are being incorporated in today’s organic farming.

What’s Included in the Program
-Visits to sites, museums, and points of historical and cultural interest: the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking tour of Athens, Graffiti Tour of Athens, with on-site instruction by CYA faculty.
-Visits to landmarks and points of interest such as the Greek Parliament, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, the Presidential Guard Barracks, etc. guided by CYA faculty.
-4 weeks participation in the excavation at Aixonidai Halai in the Athenian suburb of Voula under the instruction & supervision of CYA faculty and the Director of the Excavation.
-1 week participation in Laboratory work related to findings at Aixonidai Halai, guided by CYA faculty.
-1 week participation in the activities of Hippocrates Garden on the Island of Kos.
-4-day Field Study trip to the Peloponnese Peninsula
-2-day Field Study trip to Delphi
-1-day Field Study trip to Marathon, site of the ancient battle and the starting point of today's Athens Marathon Run.
-Entrance fees to all sites and museums visited in Program
-Workshops in Athens and Kos Island (Greek cooking, Greek dancing, tending herbs & planting seeds, etc. )

-Transportation during all trips as well as to/from the excavation site
-Housing in CYA apartments in the residential neighborhood of Pangrati in Central Athens
-Hotel accommodations while on overnight Field Study trips and on the island of Kos
-Lunch on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria while in Athens
-Breakfast daily during overnight Field Study trips
-Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily while on Kos island
-Orientation and acculturation activities such as Modern Greek language and culture classes by CYA faculty
-Health insurance by CISI (including medical treatment for COVID-19)
-Certificate for the excavation work
-Pre-departure material
-Arrival day airport meet-and-assist service
-Use of Library materials
-Free Internet access in the CYA computer lab as well as free Wi-Fi for laptop users throughout the Academic Center and in the student apartments.
-Assistance in obtaining a Greek SIM card
-Student support services

Essential Information

The program starts and ends in Athens . Transportation from your home country to Athens and back is the responsibility of the participant. Transportation between Athens and Voula, as well as between Athens and Kos and during excursions is included in the program fee.

Cost and Session Information

Session: September 21, 2020 – November 28, 2020
Duration of program: 10 Weeks

Enrollment: This program requires a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 16. Participant should be at least 18 years of age when arriving in Athens.

Program Fees : $9,950

Program fees do not cover personal travel (including travel between home and Athens), meals other than those mentioned above, costs associated with obtaining a visa (if one is needed), personal belongings insurance, medical care not covered under the program's health insurance, personal expenses and incidentals.

Payment Schedule

A deposit of $600 is due within two weeks from the day of acceptance to the Program.  Balance is due by August 21. Checks should be in US dollars and made payable to College Year in Athens, Inc. For questions on any matters concerning finances, please e-mail the Bursar, bursar@cyathens.org 

Cancellation Policy

Due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CYA has amended its Cancellation & Refund Policy for Fall 2020 as follows: In the event that a student withdraws from, or CYA cancels, the Fall 2020 program prior to Arrival Date, CYA will refund 100% of all monies received, including the $600 deposit. Students who withdraw on or after the official arrival date in Athens will receive refunds according to the following schedule: 20% during the first two weeks. No refunds thereafter.

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