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Greece: Athens

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Athens Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
English and Greek

Fields of Study
Greek language and literature (ancient and modern), art and archaeology, environmental studies, ethnography, history, humanities, international relations, Latin, philosophy, political science, and religion.

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

College Year in Athens

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 program in Athens is administered by College Year in Athens (CYA). 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 and 2) A331, Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology (1.0 credit each). In addition to the language course and A331, 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 two levels. Three-hundred-level courses are open to all students. Some three-hundred-level courses are designed for students who have some background in the subject and most are of general interest. Four-hundred-level courses are seminars on special topics for students 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 in the Pangrati neighborhood 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 is provided on overnight 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

CYA enrollment is approximately 100 students, selected from a national pool. 


  • 9.0 GPA preferred.

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

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