Fast Facts

  • Yearlong study abroad programs for high school juniors and seniors.
  • 52 years of leadership in high school study abroad programs in Europe and China.
  • A challenging education abroad that inspires intellectual curiosity, fosters personal transformation and global understanding.
  • Second-language learning and cultural immersion out of school, helps students become broad-minded citizens of the world.
  • SYA schools in four countries; Italy, Spain, France and China.
  • 44 faculty members; 38 hold advanced degrees, average tenure of local faculty is 13 years.
  • Truly global curriculum: environmental science (France & Spain in target language, China at AP level). Global issues courses in Europe.
  • AP courses offered: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Latin, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture.
  • Student learning model for intercultural skills development.
  • Commitment to community: From teaching English to children, to hearing real-life stories at a retirement home, SYA provides opportunities to give back.
  • Capstone Project: a month-long college-level interdisciplinary research project at each school.
  • Experiential learning opportunities abound; Model United Nations and Global Issues Network.
  • Accredited test centers: AP, PSAT, SAT and ACT (Europe).
  • Many host families have served for over 10 years, and some have hosted generations of SYA students.
  • Since 1964, over 7,500 students from 1,100 independent & public high schools have attended SYA.
  • More than $3 million in need-based financial aid awarded annually to students.

To learn more about our high school study abroad programs, please contact us at or 978.725.6828.

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