EDUCATIONAL TRAVELEducational travel is a key component of the SYA experience, providing opportunities for engagement in the host country, academic learning, cultural enrichment, and personal discovery and growth. You'll travel not as a tourist, but as a resident of the host country in which you live. At SYA, you'll travel as a whole school and in smaller faculty-led groups. Travel is a transformative experience, providing a lens through which you can better understand yourself, your host family and adopted community in which you live, and the U.S. differently. Travel is also integrated into all aspects of the curriculum via multi-day trips, field trips to local museums and historical sites to observe what has been discussed in the classroom or as part of co-curricular activities, vacations and trips with host families, and independent travel.
To this end, each SYA school includes travel as a required component of the curriculum. SYA travel includes both large and small group travel, and all SYA school trips are staffed by faculty to ensure your safety. As a required part of the curriculum, all school travel is included in tuition.
Independent travel is the opportunity to travel outside of your host city unaccompanied by host parents or SYA faculty. It can lead to a greater immersion in the host country culture, increased language proficiency and a furthering of the student’s educational goals. It is an earned privilege, not a right. Students who are in good academic standing, who are working toward mastery of the country’s host language, who are in good standing in the student’s host family and who have the ability to make healthy and appropriate decisions when engaged in independent activity may earn the privilege to travel independently, beginning in mid-late November.
Permission to travel independently requires the approval of the Resident Director, signed permission from Parents/Guardians and signed acknowledgement from the student of his/her responsibilities.
"Rennes has become my third home and the family that I live with have become more than the word host can describe. All the vacations and short term voyages I have taken have never been under the context of education, I am here to learn and live the French culture on a much deeper level than the tourism of vacation.
- Amadi E. FR'16, Phillips Academy, MA