Meet SYA Students

SYA students come from all walks of life and from every corner of the country. Since SYA's founding in 1964, over 8,000 students from over 1,000 high schools have embarked on the adventure of SYA. While there is no "typical" SYA student, what all SYAers have in common is an insatiable curiosity and a willingness to venture out of their comfort zone. Meet a few recent SYA students below and learn more about who they are and how their experiences in France, Italy, or Spain impacted their lives. 

Meet Nina

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  • Attended: SYA France as a Senior
  • Home School: Hopkins School
  • Hometown: New Haven, CT
  • Interests: French, photography

Meet Erin

Meet Erin, an SYA Spain Student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: Oregon Episcopal School
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Interests: Art history, painting, film, set design, linguistics, computational linguistics, foreign languages, travel and poetry

Meet August 

  • Attended: SYA Italy Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: St. George's School
  • Hometown: The Plains, VA
  • Interests: Photography and cooking

Get to know August

Meet Kimiye

Meet Kimiye,an SYA Italy student

  • Attended: SYA Italy as a Junior
  • Home School: 'Iolani School
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
  • Interests: Graphic design, orchestra, springboard diving and napping

Meet Braeden

A Black male SYA Spain high school student stands looking at the camera
  • Attended: SYA Spain Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: Lake Forest Academy
  • Hometown: Montgomery, AL
  • Interests: Cooking, sciences, working out/fitness, and nature

Meet Cara

Meet Cara, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Sophomore
  • Home School: Cheltenham High School
  • Hometown: Wyncote, PA
  • Interests: Environmental science, art, running, hiking, skiing, traveling and reading good books

Meet Eva

A white female SYA France high school student stands smiling at the camera

  • Attended: SYA France Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: Black School
  • Hometown: Edina, MN
  • Interests: French, painting and drawing

Meet Anika 

A white female SYA Italy student stands with her back against the wall, her eyes are closed and she is eating gelato.
  • Attended: SYA Italy Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: Lincoln School
  • Hometown: Cranston, RI
  • Interests: Chorus, theatre and basketball

Get to know Anika

Meet Ellis

Meet Ellis, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: St. Paul's School
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Interests:  Politics, travel, movies, French, Spanish, music, mentoring and curating Instagram

To speak with a recent SYA student and learn more about life abroad with SYA, please contact our Admissions team.
Phone: 978.725.6828