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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/23/2019 05/17/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
3.0, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • CYA, also known as "The International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies," was created in 1962 as the first study-abroad program for English-speaking undergraduate students in Greece
  • The program annually enrolls approximately 140 students from top-tier colleges and universities, largely from the USA
  • Students choose from classes in three areas of study: Ancient Greek Civilization Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and European and East Mediterranean Area Studies.
Your Host City: Athens
Athens may be steeped in history, but is by no means stuck in time; rapid growth has developed it into a vibrant, modern space with 4 million inhabitants. The city is layered with memories, traces left by the Romans, Byzantines, medieval French and Spanish knights, and Ottomans, as well as by modern Greeks as they’ve moved from revolution to more recent upheavals. Today’s Athens is a world center of culture, with museums of stunning quality, including the new Akropolis Museum. Its restaurant scene runs the gamut from "European fusion" to down-home family tavernas.  And as the central hub for air and ground transportation, Athens offers endless opportunities to travel both locally and throughout the country, at very modest prices.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CYA website.

Specific subjects among the three areas of study range from Art, International Affairs and Environmental Science, to Philosophy, English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Students also have the option of enrolling in specialized workshops and excavation projects as a part of their program.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CYA and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 12-15 RU credits each semester. Generally, most classes at CYA have 45 CYA credit hours (3 RU credits), some classes, particularly language classes, may have 65 CYA credit hours (4 RU credits).  A total of four classes are considered a full-time load at CYA.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail (with the exception of the specialized workshops).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CYA web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in residential apartments in the Kolonaki and Pangrati areas of Athens.  Apartments are located within a ten to twenty minute walk from your classes and nearby grocery stores, cafes, banks, restaurants, and other amenities.

A typical apartment houses four or five students (double and single rooms) and includes a common area, kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are fully furnished and air-conditioned. CYA provides you with a pillow, two blankets and a bedspread. You must bring your own towels, sheets (standard twin-size) and pillowcases.

The program provides you with lunch on weekdays except on holidays and during recesses. On overnight field trips, breakfast is customarily served.

For more information about housing, please refer to the CYA Accommodations website.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

CYA Supplemental Scholarships- The CYA Board of Trustees has set aside funds for supplemental scholarships for academically qualified students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships for students applying for a semester or academic year are customarily awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to approximately half the amount of tuition.  For more information please visit the CYA Scholarships web page.

Study Abroad Merit Scholarship- Available to students studying at the American College of Thessaloniki.  For more information please visit Rutgers Study Abroad Scholarships web page.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.