Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

CYA’s vision is to help students transform into global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures.

Embrace the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean.

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Full Year 

Learning Beyond the Classroom

CYA offers learning beyond the classroom, with hands-on learning in Greece’s rich environment. All courses make use of Athens’ abundant resources and what can be seen or experienced directly.

Students earn 12-17 credits in a semester.


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Classical Languages
  • Communications
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Urbanism & Sustainability

See Fall Semester Courses here.

See Spring Semester Courses here.

PLU Course Equivalency

As PLU students choose this program, a Course Equivalency Guide will be built and uploaded to this webpage.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Field Trips

The program fees include the cost of three field trips, and the program includes many opportunities for meaningful exploration in Greece. Field trip destinations typically include:

  • Peloponnese
  • Delphi
  • Crete (Fall semester)
  • Thessaloniki (Spring semester)

Learn more about CYA’s study tours here.

Optional Trips

For an additional fee, students can also take part in optional CYA trips within Greece and Europe. CYA faculty lead 3-day trips that combine academics, history, contemporary culture, and personal exploration. Destinations can include:

  • Andros Island
  • Crete
  • Meteora-Metsovo-Ioannina
  • Barcelona
  • Venice-Ravenna
  • Cyprus

Learn more about CYA’s optional trips here.


Immerse yourself in Greek culture and the Greek family lifestyle through a homestay. CYA’s Executive Director of Student Affairs carefully matches students with suitable host family.


Students live in CYA apartments in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens, an area with grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, banks, dry cleaning shops, and a weekly farmer’s market, as well as many other amenities nearby. Apartments are a 2-10 minute walk from CYA classroom buildings and are centrally located to sites, monuments, and museums as well as bus, trolley and metro stops.


  • Double and/or single rooms
  • Fully furnished
  • WiFi and A/C
  • Common area
  • Outdoor balcony
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Free weekly cleaning service

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, most meals (included in homestay), study tours, study abroad insurance, visa fees* and laundry). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

Contact Us

Holly PetersonStudy Away Advisor and Semester Program Liaison

Dr. Antonios Finitsis
CYA – PLU Faculty Liaison
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Department of Religion

Contact CYA here.


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. and be a student in good standing.

Application Deadline

Fall, Spring and Full Year applications are due March 15

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.

Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Application Components

  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • $50 Non-refundable Application fee
  • Advising appointment
  • Online applications for both PLU and CYA

CYA’s Website

For more information, visit CYA’s website.

Want to learn more about the CYA experience? Check out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube! The CYA Blog is another place to learn more about students’ experiences.

CYA Ambassador

Kiki Lewis (’19) was chosen as an ambassador for CYA for the 2018–2019 academic year! Read more about her time in Greece here!

Get a glimpse of Kiki’s experience in Greece below.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Live in apartments in the Pangrati neighborhood of Athens
  • Study in a city rich with ancient and modern history
  • Learn beyond the classroom through hands-on experiences