Colleges and SYA

The college prep at SYA complements the high standards and level of service of U.S. high schools. Students can stay on track with all aspects of the complex and time-sensitive college application while studying abroad with SYA.

At SYA, we know that today's high school students must find ways to stand out in college application pools that are overflowing with qualified students.

College admissions officers at top universities and colleges attest to the SYA advantage. They know that successful SYA students are proven risk-takers who have responded well to the combined challenges of a rigorous academic program and life in a foreign culture. SYA is widely-known to produce exceptional students who are mature, informed, disciplined and well-adjusted to functioning away from home. Often times the college essay is based on the student's high school study abroad experience with SYA, and that essay can make all the difference.


Watch Mr. Tim Pratt, (above) FR'17P FR'09F Dean of College Advising at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, speak to the characteristics and qualities of SYA students, and how SYA shapes students' college search and college application process.

Watch Mr. Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling at Milton Academy, MA talking about the benefits of high school study abroad on the college application process.