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Greece: Athens

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Athens Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Greek language and literature (ancient and modern), Greek art and archaeology, history, humanities, political science, religion, social sciences.

Host Institution
College Year in Athens faculty and staff.

Apartments with other program participants.

Fall semester: Early September to late December
Spring semester: Late January to mid-May

Faculty Liaison
Richard McKirahan

Athens is a city associated with one of the greatest creative periods in Western history. The city offers many reminders of its 3,000 year old history in various archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, and neoclassical buildings. Though it continues to be dominated by its famous Acropolis, contemporary Athens is a modern, densely built metropolis of nearly four million people, or forty percent of Greece’s population.

The Pomona Program in Athens is administered by College Year in Athens (CYA). Founded in 1962, the program was one of Pomona College’s earliest study abroad options. The objective of the program is to familiarize students with the various aspects of ancient Greek and Byzantine civilizations, modern Greece, and the Balkans.

Academic Program

Pomona students take two required courses:  1) Ancient or Modern Greek language, 2) the Core Course, A331, Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology (1.0 credit each). In addition to the language course and Core Course, students choose two electives from the CYA curriculum (1.0 credit each). Except for the Greek language classes, all courses are taught in English by Greek, American and British faculty members. The courses are organized into three levels. Level-One courses are open to all students. Level-Two courses are designed for students who have some background in the subject. Level-Three courses are reserved for those who are able to engage in more advanced work with research-oriented assignments.

Instruction in the classes for beginning archaeology students is divided between classroom sessions and instruction at sites and in museums around Athens.  All students participate in field trips to important archaeological and historical sites in Greece, including the Peloponnese, central Greece, and Crete.  During the academic field trips conducted as part of the Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology course, students are expected to attend lectures, complete assignments and/or give oral reports.  The grade for the Art & Archaeology course includes work performed both in class and during the field trips and students may not take this core course on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements

Students live in furnished CYA apartments or hotel units in the Kolonaki or Pangrati neighborhoods along with other CYA students. A buffet lunch is provided daily at the CYA dining facility Monday through Friday and a full breakfast in lieu of lunch normally on field trips.  Pomona provides a meal allowance for breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday, and for all weekend meals.  Meals are not provided during fall or spring break.

Number of Students

Up to 10. Total group approximately 100.


Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with European content. 9.0 GPA preferred.

Internet Link

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