Application Process

We’re glad you've decided to apply to study abroad in high school with SYA. The nine easy steps listed below will guide you through the application process. If you have any questions, please call the Admissions Department at 978.725.6828.

If you are a freshman applying to the Sophomore Scholars Program, you will be required to complete specific application requirements in addition to the 9 steps below.

Start your application today for our high school study abroad programs in China, France, Italy or Spain:


1. Click on 'Apply Now'

Follow the instructions to create an account. You will be prompted to create a user name and password that allows you to log in and out as you work on your application. This online account will be used to follow the status of your application, to send online recommendation requests to your teachers and to receive your admissions decision letter.

2. Click on 'Add an Applicant'

Our online application for admission has two parts:
Part 1 covers biographical and school information.
Part 2 comprises two short answer questions and one personal essay.

In addition, we require four teacher recommendations, a copy of your most recent transcript and an interview with one of our SYA Representatives.

3. Complete the required fields of Part 1 and Part 2 of the application

Be sure to save your work frequently!

4. Upload a recent photo of yourself

We strongly encourage you to submit a photo with your application as it helps remind us of the student behind the application.

5. Pay application fee

You can pay via credit card or send in a check separately to SYA. Please note that an interview with an SYA representative is required. We will assign you an interviewer only after you have submitted Part 1 of your application and paid the fee.

6. Submit Part 2 of your application

Submit Part 2 once you have completed the short answers and essay question.

7. Send recommendation requests to your current Advisor, Language, English and Math teachers

Do this through your online account using the “Send Request” links. Your teachers should submit their recommendations after they have had a chance to get to know you and your work, preferably at midyear. This covers the four teacher recommendations that we require as part of your application.

8. Download a Transcript Release Form from your online account

Complete the top portion and give it to your school Principal, Registrar or Guidance Counselor. We require transcripts from all high schools you have attended.

9. Contact your assigned interviewer and arrange a time to talk

Send him/her an interview evaluation request through your online account using the “Send Request” link. Interviews are conducted in English, and by phone, in person or via Skype.