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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 2.75
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: No
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior, Sophomore Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Rafael Guerra
Special Opportunities: Excavations, Field Trips, On-Site Classes, Workshops Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Two Academic References
Program Information:


The University of Notre Dame Program in Athens, Greece operates in conjunction with College Year in Athens (CYA). CYA is a non-profit educational institution which was established in 1962. It offers approximately 80 undergraduate students, mainly from North America, a unique opportunity to study in Athens, the capital of Greece, a city of four million people. Greece is situated at the confluence of three continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is a country with resources, which can feed many passions—for archeology, ethnography, history, etc., and also for nature with her beautiful mountains, plains, islands, and seas.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: End of August through mid-May
Fall Semester: End of August through mid-December
Spring Semester: End of January through mid-May
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • College Year in Athens offers a substantial curriculum at the junior-year level augmented by study-travel to important historical sites. As much as possible all courses make use of the resources of the city of Athens and of what can be seen or experienced directly.
  • The curriculum covers the following academic disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archaeology, Communications, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Languages— Ancient Greek, Latin & Modern Greek, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Religion, Urbanism & Sustainability
  • All courses completed are entered onto the student's transcript and grades are computed into the Notre Dame GPA.
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Students are required to take a minimum of five course for 15 credits.
  • Modern Greek Language classes are not mandatory but are strongly recommended
View courses offered at College Year in Athens (CYA) and their descriptions.

  • Open to qualified sophomores and juniors
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Once accepted by Study Abroad, a secondary application to CYA is required.
Housing and Meals
  • CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens, which is a two to ten minute walk from the Academic Center. This neighborhood is desirable for its central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill. Apartments have basic cooking facilities.
  • During the academic year, one main meal is provided Monday through Friday in the CYA dining room.
Special Opportunities
  • Volunteering & Community Service: Although volunteering and community service projects are not as established or as widespread in Greece as they are in the U.S., CYA's Student Affairs office is able to offer interested students a variety of opportunities.
  • 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. Each semester all students participate equally in a total of twelve days of study travel visiting major sites relevant to ancient, medieval and modern Greek history.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.