Demetrios Fotopoulos
Student Ambassador
Email: [email protected]
School:University of Notre Dame
Cya Term:Fall 2023
Major:Psychology; Greek and Roman Civilizations (Supplemental)
Anticipated Graduation:6/1/2025

Spending a semester abroad for me was deeply impactful. Not only did it stimulate my academic growth, but it was meaningful for my personal growth. Although I am a Greek American who already had a relationship with the country by growing up visiting in the summers, this experience helped me to live Greece in a brand new way. It encouraged independence in a new way. I got to practice and regain my Greek language skills, which had lessened a little while being away from family at college. I got to adventure around Athens and Greece, seeing new places and adopting a more European mentality. I ate good food and met even better people. From the administrators to the faculty to the cafeteria staff, all the faculty and staff at CYA were all excellent. They not only exhibited but exemplified the Greek sentiments of φιλοξενία and φιλότιμο, which made the experience all the more welcoming and beautiful. Even though I was away from home, at CYA I felt cared for and cared about. This attitude also had an impact on all the students at CYA, who adopted these same principles of kindness and compassion. The experience was fantastic, and I can't say enough nice things about it and how much I loved it.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in or planning to study abroad with CYA?

Try to find out about places and events where there will be Greek college students. Greek college students love being in places with a cool vibe and talkative, fun crowds. This might include eating at Greek food tavernas or cafeterias in places like Zografou, Egaleo, or Panormou where many college students live. Greek college students also love going to concerts and music events. In the winter season, Greek pop stars and traditional singers will perform their residencies at music venues, which you can attend for about €20 with a drink included. It's affordable and a ton of fun! Just know that you might need to dress a little nicer and make a reservation.

please select any of the following that apply to you, and that you would be willing to share about your CYA experience with other students:

Classical Studies major, Greece-based traveler, Religion, Notre Dame experience while abroad

Briefly describe a cultural experience you had that was significant to you in any way.

Going to the Konstantinos Argiros concert at Lycabettus Hill

Favorite food in Greece?


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