September 20, 2022
Important policy change - Proof of vaccination is required for Winter and Spring 2022
CYA has made the decision to require proof of vaccination of all Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 students. This decision was made after taking into serious consideration the latest measures announced by the Greek government regarding unvaccinated persons which will encumber a student's daily life, affect attendance of our program, and in general reduce the level of their study abroad experience. The decision not to accept non-vaccinated students has been made in order to inform incoming students but also to ensure a smooth and safe experience for all. Additionally, for the safety of the CYA community, all CYA staff & faculty have been vaccinated.
The Greek government, in its effort to encourage people to vaccinate against COVID-19, has imposed the requirement of negative rapid tests for the participation of non-vaccinated individuals of all ages in many indoor and outdoor activities, including class attendance.
Given that CYA's program involves a great degree of hands-on learning at sites and museums, and that the highlights of the program are its educational trips, two of which are 4 to 5 days long, non-vaccinated students would encounter obstacles - and incur extra expenses - simply to attend class, participate in study travel, or to simply enjoy their free time.
Students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may upload their vaccination card on the CYA Document Submission form along with their post acceptance materials.
We appreciate your cooperation with our new policy and look forward to welcoming you to Athens.
September 15, 2021
Extension of Refund Policy Amendment to include Winter Intersession 2022 and Spring Semester 2022 due to COVID-19
In the event that a student withdraws from, or CYA cancels, the Winter 2022 Intersession program or the Spring 2022 Semester program prior to the program's Arrival Date, CYA will refund 100% of all monies received including the $600 non-refundable deposit.
September 13, 2021
Message to Fall 2021 students
Dear CYA Students,
According to the latest Directive by the Greek Health Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the Civil Protection Authorities, starting today (official start of the academic year in Greece) students who are not vaccinated must do Rapid tests for COVID-19 twice a week, at their expense, and provide their school with proof of negative results.
Since you are all vaccinated, please reply to this message and attach a copy of your vaccination certificate for CYA records. If we do not have your vaccination record on file, you would need to submit negative results of Rapid Tests twice a week.
Reminder: Masks are still mandatory in all enclosed spaces.
Thank you for your understanding,
August 26, 2021
COVID-19 Restrictions currently in effect in Greece
MEASURES, CURFEW, AND FINES
Greece is out of lockdown and vaccinations are proceeding satisfactorily. Certain restrictions are still in effect, imposed by the government and enforced by the police. Violators are fined on-the-spot by the police and fines start at 300 Euros.
There is no curfew in effect in Athens at this time. Nevertheless, a night-time curfew may be imposed in certain areas if there is a surge COVID-19 cases.
Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, as well as in crowded outdoor places (flea markets, farmers’ markets, tourist spots, crowded bus stops, etc.).
Parties and large gatherings are not allowed. Public events are allowed only with seated patrons.
Restaurants, Coffee shops, bars & clubs operate with only seated customers and without music. Only vaccinated patrons are allowed indoors. All other patrons may be served only in outdoors spaces. Rules about maximum capacity are in effect. Customers must present vaccination certificate and I.D. (passport) in order to be seated indoors.
Fines to individuals: 300 Euros per person in large groups (CYA note: this practically means that Police may either ask a group to disperse, or issue fines to individuals in a club, or standing in large groups outside a door, at the local square, or near the kiosk that sells beer); 3,000 Euros for the host of a party at home, plus 300 Euros per party participant. Fines for venue owners who violate the rules are higher and depend on the degree of violation.
Fees are cumulative, i.e. one may be fined 300 euros for not wearing a mask, PLUS another 300 Euros for being part of a large group.
Taxis: 2 passengers allowed per taxi, if they are together (roommates, family, or assisting a person in need).
Supermarkets, stores, shops operate normal hours but must maintain a maximum number of customers allowed per square meter at any time. Sometimes there may be a line of shoppers waiting outside a store or supermarket. Masks are mandatory.
Strict measures are in effect on distancing, disinfection, and maximum number of customers allowed in a store.
Take-out and delivery is abundant, from coffee-shops to all kinds of food/cuisine. Many food establishments deliver till midnight. Check times when you order online. Payment by Credit card is accepted by all establishments upon ordering. Some also accept credit card payment upon delivery.
Personal care: Hairdressers/nail salons/ beauty spas/body care work by appointment only. Gyms and personal wellness centers remain closed or operate for vaccinated customers only and under very strict distancing and ventilation rules.
Arts: Archaeological sites, Museums, Art Galleries are open but visitors must present vaccination certificate or a recent negative test for COVID-19. Distancing rules are in effect.
Travel to and from the islands is allowed with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID, or a recent negative Rapid Test. Travel by bus or train is unrestricted.
Beaches are open but distances must be maintained.
Church services are being performed only by the clergy without the presence of the public, or with limited number of people allowed inside a church, depending on size & type of ceremony.
August 6, 2021
Subject: Wildfires in Greece
August 4, 2021
Subject: Covid-19 update
On August 3 the CDC advisory raised the level of some European tourist destinations, including Greece, to level 4, due to an increase in the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases.
Since 2020, when the worldwide situation was at its worst and well before vaccinations were made available CYA established protocols to deal with the pandemic. Regardless of CDC advisory levels at the time, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, as well as both Summer 2021 sessions ran successfully with small adjustments to their schedules when needed.
CYA will continue updating and enforcing its protocols depending on the situation in Greece at any given time and following recommendations by the WHO and the CDC and any new directives issued by the Greek Government. CYA staff and faculty have been fully vaccinated.
CYA expects that all fall 2021 students will be fully vaccinated before they arrive in Athens. CYA has also made students aware of the impediments, inconveniences and expenses which unvaccinated students may have to deal with during their time in Greece and at CYA.
The current situation in Greece
The early and lengthy lockdown in Spring 2020 and repeated shorter-term lockdowns to-date, have helped Greece to deal with the pandemic with a relatively low number of victims. The death toll percentage in Greece has been among the lowest in Europe. An early and very strong vaccination program has helped the country move back towards normality with vaccinations being now available to those 12 years old or older.
The recent rise of COVID-19 positive cases in Greece is mainly among younger, unvaccinated individuals, Greeks and tourists. The summer tourist influx and intense nightlife has also raised the number of positive cases in some popular island destinations such as Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. The Greek government has reinstated stricter measures for these areas and is re-examining the situation of each locality on a continuous basis.
Some restrictions are still in place country-wide. Measures are stricter for those who are not vaccinated; significantly less so for those vaccinated. As an example, those who are fully vaccinated, and upon presenting their vaccination certificate, have access to places or services (such as museums, indoor dining, etc.) while those unvaccinated do not, or must present a recent negative COVID-19 test.
The Greek government’s repeatedly stated resolution is to allow life -and the economy- to continue as close to normal as possible, while measures will continue to be imposed locally, as needed and when needed.
Message to incoming Fall 2021 students
Date: July 13, 2021
Dear CYA students,
CYA strongly recommends that you complete your vaccination before your arrival, as it will be difficult and time consuming to qualify as a non-resident eligible to receive vaccination while in Greece. Please do not forget to fill out the vaccination question on the Health section of the Supplemental Information form via the student portal.
Please do not hesitate to reach us with any questions.
Amendment of Refund Policy for Fall 2021 due to COVID-19
Due to the continuing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CYA has amended its Cancellation and Refund Policy for Fall 2021 semester as follows:
Weekly Rapid Tests for COVID-19
CYA will provide weekly Rapid Tests to Spring 2021 students and faculty. Weekly testing will continue for as long as deemed necessary.
Date: 11/13/20 12:31 (GMT+02:00)
Subject: A message to our students
We are now at almost the two thirds point of a successful semester during which you managed to reap all the benefits that study in another country could offer you, albeit the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. Thanks to your good nature and your collaborative spirit, you completed, without jeopardizing your health or that of your faculty and staff, the field study in Crete and the Peloponnese, as well as the orientation field trip to Delphi and Meteora. You had the benefit of some additional field experiences, not originally scheduled, to Eretria-Marathon and the sculpture art tour at the First Cemetery. Your mid-term exams were another step to the completion of the academic experience at CYA.
As you are aware, the second wave of Covid 19 is upon us, not just in Greece but even more intensely all over Europe. I am writing this note from the US, which is also experiencing the effect of the severity of this second wave. The Greek government has implemented as of today and until November 30 stricter measures of partial lockdown. The two measure mostly affecting your lives is the curfew from 9:00 pm to to 5:00 am and of course the ban on travel to other parts of the country. It is the price we have to pay to see us through this extremely dangerous phase. You have been given directions on how to move from your apartments by using the appropriate SMS code and obtaining the required instant permit.
We are making every effort to keep some of your small classes on in-person teaching mode, always adhering to the rules of social distancing and mask wearing. Some sessions of your other classes will need to be held with synchronous online teaching for a while and you will be accordingly informed by your professors who are working with you to offer you the best in this challenging time. Your meal plan is continuing by having the meals delivered so that you do not have to use the cafeteria facility and expose yourselves to possible risk.
I am writing today to thank you for your admirable stance and to encourage you to persist with the social responsibility that you have shown so far. Your compliance with all the Covid 19 regulations of the government is imperative. The CYA staff is always here to explain and assist. We all owe it to each other to continue in the same spirit so that there will be no Covid infection in our community that would disrupt this memorable semester.
September 18, 2020
Spring Semester 2021 Fees Reduced and Withdrawal Penalties Waived
CYA offers a fee reduction for Spring 2021, similar to the one offered in Fall 2020: The Total Semester Fees for Spring 2021 are reduced by $350, bringing the total to $21,500.
Additionally, the no-penalty withdrawal policy is extended to the Spring 2021 semesterin order to alleviate some of the financial concerns and uncertainties caused by COVID-19. In the event that a student withdraws from, or CYA cancels, the Fall 2020 or the Spring 2021 program prior to Arrivals Day, CYA will issue a 100% refund including the $600 non-refundable deposit.
August 3, 2020
Students from the U.S. allowed entry to Greece on a student visa
We have been informed that although EU countries, including Greece, are not accepting tourists from the U.S., Greece is allowing entry to those who have obtained a student visa.
Normally a student visa would not be necessary to attend CYA's Fall program which has been condensed to under 90 days. Under the present circumstances, however, a student visa is recommended and beneficial, as, besides allowing entry to Greece, it would enable the students to travel within the EU during their semester at CYA.
CYA has been in contact with all Fall students helping them with the visa documentation and process.
May 15, 2020 10:09 AM
Cancellation of Summer 2020 On-line Courses
As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these past few months. These are unprecedented times and COVID-19 has taken its toll causing us to regretfully cancel courses due to low enrollment.
Unfortunately, CYA's online summer 2020 courses (ARCH 347 OL and LIT 348 OL) have been cancelled. Any students who have submitted payments will receive a full refund. If you are interested in deferring to a future semester please let us know.
We hope to welcome you to Athens in the near future!
Thank you again, for your continued support.
May 11, 2020
CYA is determined to offer its students an outstanding experience this Fall semester, in spite of COVID-19.
Visit our COVID-19-related FAQ page to find out some details of our plans for Fall 2020
April 22, 2020
CYA Cancels all Summer 2020 in-person courses
As the COVID-19 situation continues to remain fluid and challenge the education abroad community, CYA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all in-person summer 2020 courses.
Students are given the option to withdraw, defer to another term, or take one or both of the following on-line courses:
On-line courses offered in lieu of on-site courses for Summer 2020
Program costs will be $1,200 per course.
Courses will run from July 1-29th. These courses will be offered through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous classes.
These are certainly extraordinary times and we deeply appreciate your patience and understanding. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our number one priority. Although we cannot welcome you to Greece this summer we hope to welcome you back some time in the near future.
April 14, 2020
Fall Semester 2020 Changes
As we continue to combat COVID-19 and adjust to this changing global landscape, CYA is announcing the following changes to the fall 2020 program.
The fall semester will now begin three weeks later, on September 21st and will conclude on December 18th. This new schedule will still preserve the required number of contact hours and the overall richness and quality of the CYA experience. This change will also eliminate the student visa requirement for U.S. passport holders coming to Greece, as the semester duration does not surpass the 90-day limit.
CYA understands that most students utilize their free time throughout the semester as an opportunity to travel throughout the continent. With that in mind, this adjusted schedule will still offer a good number of long weekends, national holidays and a 9-day fall recess to travel and take advantage of their time in Europe. Nevertheless, a note of caution is that this kind of travel should be done only after careful scrutiny of the health conditions prevailing in each destination.
Additionally, CYA's fees for fall 2020 have been slightly reduced by $350, bringing the total to $21,500, and the refund policy has been amended to alleviate some of the financial concerns and uncertainties caused by COVID-19. In the event that a student withdraws from, or CYA cancels, the fall 2020 program prior to Arrivals Day, CYA will issue a 100% refund including the $600 non-refundable deposit.
We understand how challenging and uncertain these times are and therefore we hope that these adjustments will ease some of the stress and concern for our students and their families.
CYA will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with our students and partners to prepare for the upcoming semester. We very much look forward to welcoming all to Athens this fall.
April 9, 2020
Amendment of Refund Policy for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19
Due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,
CYA has amended its Cancellation and Refund Policy for Fall 2020 as follows:
In the event that a student withdraws from, or CYA cancels, the Fall 2020 program prior to Arrivals Date, CYA will refund 100% of all monies received including the non-refundable deposit.
March 24, 2020
Summer Programs Start Date moved to July 1, 2020
The health and safety of our students has always been CYA’s highest priority. During the current COVID-19 outbreak CYA has been constantly monitoring the situation and following closely the developments and announcements by the CDC, the U.S. State Department, and the Greek Authorities.
At this time, due to the COVID-19 impact on travel between the U.S. and Europe, CYA has decided to move the start date of both its Summer I and Summer II sessions to July 1, 2020. This in effect means that students will be able to take only one course during Summer 2020. Students enrolled in courses on both sessions will be contacted by the Registrar in the next days to discuss their choice(s).
Due to the fluidity of the situation, CYA reserves the right to cancel a summer course by May 15, in which case all deposits will be returned.
Final payment due date is extended to May 22.
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Subject: CYA's Continuing Education Plan for the Spring 2020 Semester due to COVID-19
Click here to download the full Plan sent to Study Abroad Advisors
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 9:51:37 PM
Subject: Important message from CYA
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:02:11 AM
Subject: Dept.of Homeland Security Announcement
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:27:03 AM
Subject: US ban on flights from continental Europe
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:15:08 PM
Subject: Greek Government ordering schools closed for 14 days - CYA Contingency Plan going in effect
Starting Monday, March 16, classes will be held via teleconferencing for the next two weeks (Monday-Wednesday and Tuesday-Thursdsay only, no Friday or Saturday classes as previously announced). The teleconference of each class will be taking place at the day and time your class was scheduled for. Over the next few days, you will be receiving additional information and instructions on how to join the teleconference from your apartment. Please be aware that some faculty may request that you go around the city or sites to look at material on your own - not in a group - in preparation for your class.
Starting tomorrow, lunch boxes will be prepared and ready for pick-up between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. In order to avoid crowding, please arrange with your apartment-mates so that one of you comes to pick-up the lunchboxes for the whole apartment.
The CYA Administration
Sent: Monday, March 9, 2020 7:37:49 PM
Subject: Coronavirus update
Dear CYA Students,
You are an exceptional group of CYAers. Your instructors and the CYA staff made this observation from the very first weeks of your semester here. We all understand and share your frustration and disappointment over the disruption caused by COVID-19. But these are undoubtedly extraordinary times.
We are living through a global crisis which is affecting almost every country and all forms of human activity. It is to be expected that study abroad cannot remain immune and therefore your experience here is not going to be as you have planned it. We will do our very best however to preserve first of all the safety of each and every one of you and of our school community as a whole, and to make it possible for you to enjoy the academic benefits of this semester and not suffer the loss of your academic credits.
It is at times like these that we need to make wise decisions and plan accordingly and for this we need to have reliable information. This is the purpose of this set of guidelines.
Please read this message in its entirety:
Field study in northern Greece
The Greek authorities announced yesterday (Sunday) a 2-week ban of all educational excursions within Greece, therefore, the field study in northern Greece unfortunately has to be postponed. In order to cover as much academic ground as possible while conditions allow it, classes will be held regularly during the week of March 16, utilizing Friday [for M/W classes] and Saturday [T/Th classes]. This will also give us the flexibility to possibly re-schedule the trip later in the semester during class days, when permission for educational excursions is reinstated.
On-line courses and academic credits
The CDC and the US State Department assign Greece alert Level 1. CYA does not plan to cancel its program at this point. If the Greek authorities order schools to be closed, CYA will offer its courses via teleconferencing so that you can attend classes from your apartment. If Greece reaches Level 3 or students are requested by their home institutions to leave Greece, CYA will make its courses available on-line so that students may complete the semester and earn full credit.
CYA will also make a distance-learning option available to those students who decide to leave the program voluntarily, so that they, as well, can earn credit for their courses. This option will be available to students a few weeks from now. It is imperative however that students first discuss a voluntary departure with their home institution to ensure that they will be granted credit for on-line courses. Students must keep in mind that it is the home institution’s decision to approve credit transfer based on a student’s voluntary withdrawal from a study abroad program.
Personal travel plans
We recognize that traveling around Europe in your free time is one of the advantages of studying abroad in Greece. But as stated previously, these are extraordinary times and all of us need to adjust our thinking and if necessary alter our plans. Your well-being is our absolute highest priority. Thus, you are strongly advised to avoid all international travel in the coming weeks so as not to jeopardize your health and safety and that of our school community. If, in spite of all this, you do travel to a country with a CDC level 3 travel warning, or is designated as level 3 for coronavirus while you are traveling, please be aware that you will be required upon your return to self quarantine for 14 days.
As far as your traveling around Greece is concerned, the Greek authorities recommend that we all avoid unnecessary travel to some regions of western Peloponnese (roughly from Patras to Olympia) because of increased COVID-19 cases in that region. We strongly suggest that you check with CYA before you start on a trip.
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:55:41 PM
Subject: Travel Warning for Italy - Check destinations before you book flights