On the weekend of October 27th, some CYA provided the opportunity for students to join an adventure that many have dreamed of but few have had the chance to actually do – hike up Mount Olympus. After 3 hours of hiking, an overnight stay in a shelter halfway up the mountain, and another 3 hours of hiking the next morning, these students experienced the famed home of the ancient Greek gods firsthand.
The stares. This is what happens when you step over the rope into the spaces few go, but many wish to visit. Students in the “Illegal Antiquities” class, led by CYA professor Zoë Κοntes ’95, climbed the steps of the monumental entrance and then entered the Propylaea by stepping over the rope all wish to pass.
As a CYA summer 2015 student, I took two classes: Excavating in the Aegean: The Despotiko Field School and When Egypt Meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Aegean. This summer I returned to Greece to serve as the MediaLab Intern here at CYA as part of my Master’s degree from New York University. For one of my tasks, I was fortunate to follow CYA professor Angelos Papadopoulos and the When Egypt meets the Aegean class -the very class I took as a student!- on a site visit to Thebes and Orchomenus.
Attending service at Agios Spyridon Church at Pangrati, visiting the Byzantine museum, meeting a nun at the 11th century Ag. Ioannis Theologos Monastery in Papagos, creating a mosaic icon from scratch; hands-on experience and on-site visits are at the center of the REL 365 The Orthodox Church course.
CYA religion professor Despina Iosif describes how, throughout the Spring ’19 semester, her students experienced the Orthodox Church:
Our Student Ambassadors want to share their CYA experience and encourage others on their home campuses to consider the life-changing beauty of Greece and its inhabitants. One of the first questions we always ask them is: “What do you wish you knew before starting your study abroad experience”?
In this post, we present to you the top 10 pieces of advice for current and future CYAers:
CYA is a non-profit educational institution that has been offering semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece for over 5 decades. We are proud to be on the GoAbroad list of Top Study Abroad programs of 2017.
We are among the most elite international program providers, illustrating an exceptional dedication to the field and the ability to provide extraordinary program experiences in Greece.
Our devoted staff, faculty, and beloved alumni contribute to making CYA a truly life-changing educational experience.
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