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The monthly newsletter featuring campus highlights and alumni news. 

May 2024: The Capstone Project
March 2024: Student Scholar Updates
February 2024: Gathering at the Table
January 2024: The Power of Fieldwork
December 2023: The Power of Host Families
November 2023: Fueling the SYA Experience
October 2023: Investing in Future Leaders
September 2023: Jumping into SYA
June 2023: Philanthropy Gets Personal
May 2023: SYA Capstones
April 2023: On the Road Again
March 2023: Best in Class
February 2023: An Opportunity of a Lifetime
January 2023: Having a Field Day
December 2022: Learning Beyond City Limits
November 2022: Extracurriculars: A Door to Independence and Trying New Things
October 2022: Stepping Into an Adventure
September 2022: Look Who's Back

Reagan leading the parade

Your Impact: The Capstone Project

Capstone projects are crafted to embody the SYA mission, highlighting the student’s experience relying on, and engaging with, relevant local resources. It is up to each student to design an experiential project in which they learn by doing. 

SYA Italy student Reagan wanted to do a study of the flag wavers who lead medieval cultural events and compete. SYA Italy’s Dave Lutchner, the extracurricular coordinator, made a local connection for Reagan that blossomed into an incredible opportunity with the group Sbandieratori di Pilastro. From wanting to observe to being invited to participate, he had the honor of leading them in presenting the six nations “long casting” event Viterbo hosted. 

Experiences like Reagan's are uniquely SYA, exemplifying our mission and the benefits of place-based education. Your generous support of the SYA Fund helps bring these projects to life for our students. If you haven’t made an SYA Fund gift, please consider doing so before June 30


News Highlights

100% of alumni agreed that SYA broadened their understanding of the larger world

NEASC Survey Results

Mission accomplished? We think so, and so do 100% of alumni who responded and agreed that SYA broadened their understanding of the larger world. And when you combine the "strongly agree" and "agree" percentages, the math adds up to success. 

See the results.

Lynée Connelly

Lynée Connelly Named the SYA France Class of 1974 Faculty Chair

This endowed chair was established by the Class of SYA France 1974 during the 50th anniversary of SYA France to honor two beloved teachers — their English teacher, Peter Greer, and their math teacher, Charles (Chuck) Hamblet. The chair is awarded each year to a deserving math or English teacher at SYA France and underwrites a portion of the salary and benefits package.

Read more.

Featured Event: 
Virtual Class with SYA Italy's Alessandra Tuzi

"Pursuit of Pleasure"

Watch more videos from our playlist:
Faculty-led classes
Town Halls and Alumni Webinars

School Year Abroad Stories

two gelato cups next to each other on a cobblestone street. 

Addie writes about saying goodbye to SYA Italy and reflects on her many "lasts" as she prepares to leave. 

two cappuccinos sitting next to each other on a bar counter. 

Addie writes about running into her host sister  coming back from her spring break travel. She ties this to the unexpected moments of SYA and the joy of studying abroad. 

A high school student studying abroad plays in the festival band marching through the streets of Viterbo Italy.

Reagan writes about his successful, ambitious capstone project to join a medieval festival band in Viterbo and perform with them at the festivals happening during his project. 

Two students stand in front of street art in Italy. 

Aaliyah writes about her experience taking art history at SYA and how she's explored street art throughout Italy for class. 

View all recordings of faculty-led classes and alumni panels by visiting our YouTube channel.