“…studying abroad isn’t just an important part of a well-rounded educational experience. It’s also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy. Getting ahead in today’s workplaces isn’t just about the skills you bring from the classroom. It’s also about the experience you have with the world beyond our borders — with people, and languages, and cultures that are very different from our own.”
First Lady Michelle Obama
Download 9 Reasons Why High School Study Abroad Will Change Your Life
Do you seek to define yourself, to raise your awareness, to challenge your intellect, to push yourself beyond the edges of your comfort zone?
High school is the best time, the most advantageous time to study abroad. High school students gain a sense of independence, develop critical thinking skills, practice tolerance and develop self-acceptance while living with a host family, meeting new friends, maneuvering an unfamiliar city and learning to speak another language.
Who am I? Who will I be? How will I contribute to the world?
High school students are expected to make important, life-forming decisions during a critical time of self-discovery. Studying abroad for a year in high school provides options not otherwise considered, develops leadership skills and adds insight into self-realization and personal development.
A different point of view
What more effective way to become a global citizen than to learn how people in other countries view Americans? Students who study abroad in high school have the opportunity to better understand world politics, to grasp pressing socioeconomic concepts and to be informed and seasoned citizens of the world.
Stand out on college applications
It's a challenging market -- today's high school students must find ways to stand out in application pools that are overflowing with qualified students. Admissions officers at top universities and colleges attest to the School Year Abroad advantage. Studying abroad with SYA is widely-known to produce exceptional high school students who are mature, informed, disciplined and well-adjusted to functioning away from the comforts of home. Often times the college essay is based on an aspect of the SYA experience, and that essay makes all the difference.
Learn another language
Learning another language boosts high school students' cognitive skills, increases achievement in other academic areas and produces higher standardized scores. High school is an optimum time to study abroad and learn a new language. It gives high school students a competitive advantage for colleges and employment, and is key to truly learning about another culture and its people.
When you choose to study abroad in high school with School Year Abroad you will:
• Absorb another culture
• Learn another language
• Stand out on college applications
• Develop self-reliance and leadership skills
• Live with a host family in a safe and caring environment
• See the world from a different point of view