Celebrating 50 Years of Coeducation: the Women of SYA


Nixon was president. People flocked to see Love Story. IBM introduced the floppy disk. That Girl was the number one TV show and “Layla” was ubiquitous on the radio. The median household income was $8,734. The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series. It was 1970, and Schoolboys Abroad changed its name to School Year Abroad during the historic moment when 13 female students enrolled at SYA Spain. This unprecedented move toward coeducation signaled a sweeping evolution at SYA. This moment opened doors to a lifetime of possibility and change for women, one that continues to evolve and show promise.  SYA admitted women to our campus in Rennes the following year. The rest is HERstory.

Beginning this Founder's Day, September 9, 2020,  we commemorate this historic moment with a year-long celebration of virtual programming and stories. Throughout the year we will invite the participation of alumnae/i, faculty, staff, students and parents as we honor the influence and contributions of women to SYA's past, present and future. 

Join us as we celebrate the women of SYA.

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School Year Abroad

A personal look back from Director of Advancement Erin Ericson

This year, you will likely read many reflections and remembrances from those who lived through the events of September 11, 2001. As you can imagine, SYA’s story is somewhat unique in that September is the beginning of our school year, when students are boarding planes for their adventure abroad.

School Year Abroad

SYA alumni, faculty and others make amazing things happen in the world.

This year, the SYA Awards Committee is pleased to announce its award recipients in recognition for outstanding contributions to SYA and the greater world.

School Year Abroad

Orientation, innovated. The Immersion Unit was designed with great intentionality to help students explore their local cities through fieldwork activities.