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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.8 Living Arrangements: Apartment
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, PI, RD, SCBI, SI: Elective Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Community Engagement Available: Yes How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

Greece In cooperation with the renowned College Year in Athens (CYA), DePaul sponsors a program to Greece's capital city. Students attend the College Year in Athens, located next to the Kallimarmaro (Marble) Stadium and the National Gardens and Parliament in the heart of the city. Courses dealing with Greece, the EU and the Mediterranean region throughout the ages from pre-history to current affairs are offered. The curriculum is augmented by on-site teaching and study travel to important historical sites.

Soaring above the vibrant sprawling metropolis of Athens, capital of Greece and home to 4 million inhabitants, the hill of the Acropolis dominates the skyline. Atop the hill stands the Parthenon, representing 3,000 years of recorded history. This is the unique backdrop to the College Year in Athens. Students reside in apartments in the Pangrati neighborhood, where CYA is located, or student may choose to be placed in a homestay. CYA specializes in creating a caring, community-based learning environment that imparts knowledge by first-hand experience.

Today, Athens stands between Eastern and Western culture, situated geographically, socially and culturally at the confluence of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This program offers students the opportunity to experience the juxtaposition of ancient Greece's history and contributions with the Greece of today.

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Student Quote
"Greece feels so good! We have been kept busy walking around the neighborhood, meeting other students, eating wonderful meals. They don't lie about Greeks...they make you feel very at home! The apartment feels good, the staff at CYA are all amazing, accommodating, and incredibly empathetic. I feel very taken care of over here."
- Lilly McNicholas, Fall 2014 CYA Study Abroad Student


College Year in Athens offers a substantial curriculum augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. Courses cover the following disciplines: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages, Environmental Sustainability, Ethnography, History, International Relations, Literature, Modern Greek Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Religion and Urban Planning.

Each class taken in Athens is worth 6 DPU credits.

4 or 5 Courses
DPU Fall Quarter Enrollment
24 or 30 credits
5 Courses
DPU Winter Quarter Enrollment
(18 credits)
DPU Spring Quarter Enrollment
(12 - 14 credits)

How to search for courses:
  1. View available courses:
  2. Select appropriate number of courses for each semester.
  3. To see how courses will count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click on the link "DePaul Course Equivalents" or click here
Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

Academic field trips are an integral part of the CYA curriculum and bring students into direct contact with the people, landscape, history, and civilization of Greece. Students visit major sites relevant to ancient, medieval, and modern Greek history during substantial trips to the Peloponnese, Delphi, and either Crete or Northern Greece - Thessaloniki. Itineraries vary between the fall and spring semesters and according to the academic focus of each group of students within the student body. Trips are conducted by faculty from a variety of disciplines and other experts who have extensive knowledge of the relevant sites and locales. Destinations in previous years have included Mycenae, Argos, Corinth, Olympia and Marathon.

Optional study trips: Optional faculty-led study trips combine academics, history, contemporary culture, personal exploration, and an opportunity to visit places of interest that are not included in that semester's field trips. In the fall, trips are organized to: the Island of Andros; Meteora, Metsovo and Ioannina; and Cyprus. Spring trips will go to: Istanbul, Turkey; Barcelona, Spain; and Crete.

Students participating in this program during the spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not be received for their degree conferral until August. While the Study Abroad office will do everything they can to expedite this process, transcripts are usually not received from overseas early enough for a June graduation conferral.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses withoutnotice.

Students participating in the Athens program are housed in local apartments in Pangrati, the residential neighborhood near College Year in Athens. Lunch is provided every weekday in the CYA cafeteria. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual. The apartments are furnished and include simple cooking facilities, cookware and utensils. Overnight guests are not allowed in CYA's student apartments.

Learn more about CYA Housing online here.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click for the Fall program fee or Winter-Spring program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.

Students can also apply to CYA scholarhips on the CYA website.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the College Year in Athens program DO need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Sarra Parker Winter-Spring 2019
Eileen Fey Fall 2019
Jessica Slowik Fall 2019

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA