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Prepare for a life-changing study abroad experience

Our High School Study Abroad Program

SYA pioneered study abroad programs for high school students when we were founded in 1964. We believe education needs to integrate real-world experiences into day-to-day school life. We challenge students to take education into their own hands all while learning a new language and adapting to a different culture. After SYA, students are ready to take on the world with confidence and a better global perspective. So why not study abroad in high school when there’s so much to gain and little to lose?

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Rennes, the capital of Brittany, allows you to experience the distinct Breton culture as you simultaneously master the French language and discover France’s place in the world.

Italy is a country of layers where ancient ruins and modern culture exist in harmony. SYA Italy will help you see how the two relate through experiential learning and interdisciplinary classes — all initially taught in English except for Italian.

SYA Spain is a study abroad program for high school students that will take you deep into the study of Spanish language and culture. Your home base, Zaragoza, is Spain’s fifth-largest city, located halfway between Madrid and Barcelona.

Maybe you're looking to continue a particular activity or maybe you want to try something new — at each SYA campus, there is an Activities Coordinator to help you get involved!

Host families play an integral part of the SYA experience. They foster  involvement in the community and provide an authentic means for learning about the country and culture as well as countless opportunities to develop language proficiency outside the classroom. 

Hear from current SYA students about their life abroad - from classes, to friends to living with a host family. Our students share their thoughts as they reflect on this amazing journey.