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The SYA Advantage

SYA alumni depart for college with  the enormous advantage of increased adaptability, self - knowledge, confidence and independence necessary to have a successful college experience. College counselors and college admissions officers at top universities can attest to the value of SYA. They know that successful SYA students are proven risk-takers who can thrive in the challenges of a rigorous academic program and life in a foreign culture. SYA is widely-known to produce exceptional students who are mature, informed, disciplined and well-adjusted to functioning away from home. 


What do College Counselors think about SYA? 


Watch Mr. Rod Skinner (above), Director of College Counseling at Milton Academy in Milton, MA, discuss the benefits of high school study abroad on the college application process.

Watch Mr. Tim Pratt (above), Dean of College Advising at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and former SYA France Faculty and SYA Parent speak to the characteristics of SYA students.

How do parents think SYA impacts the College Process?


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