For Parents

We understand that when your child brings up studying abroad in high school, that you may have some questions. What is SYA? Where are the campuses? What are the benefits? These are all questions that we're accustomed to receiving from parents when they're first introduced to SYA. We're here to help you along the journey. When you choose to support your child's choice to study abroad in high school with SYA, you're giving them the opportunity to:

  • Develop a broader perspective on global affairs.

  • Gain communication skills in a new language and culture.

  •  Cultivate empathy through their exposure to, and immersion in, a new culture that offers a diversity of values and customs.

  • Experience profound personal growth through their increased self-confidence, self-reliance, independence, critical thinking skills, identity and intellectual curiosity.

  • Enhance their college applications through the asset of a high school study abroad experience gained through SYA.

SYA alumni bring an increased understanding of the world to the top colleges they attend and the lives they go on to lead.

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Parent Testimonials 

"SYA provided our child with the most amazing and significant junior year experience. It is an amazing gift to be in such an enriching environment with other motivated like-minded students. My only regret of the program is that we were not aware of it for our two older children."

-Miranda O. ES'19P
“SYA was a wonderful experience for our daughter and our family.  Living in a new country, with a host family and almost no local language ability is quite daunting.  What an amazing confidence boost to finish the school year with incredible language skills, the experience of living and traveling really quite independently, forming wonderful bonds with your host family and making deep friendships with your SYA classmates.  Our daughter is just a more seasoned student now, ready for college and living independently.  We feel that SYA really has experience under its belt in making this study abroad program successful for the students and comfortable for the parents.  It is a big thing to send your high school student overseas for a year - experienced hands make that much easier.  Highly recommend."

-Colette A. IT’19P

"I have now had four children complete this program and though each child is remarkably different they all came away as better people and students because of SYA."

-Stacey M. FR'11, '13, '16 & '19P

The immersion learning experiences are unique and incredible. I am an interculturalist and was frankly astounded by the depth and breadth of the learning adventures across China. Our kids have traveled globally since birth. They have studied other cultures and attended bilingual schools with teachers and students from around the world.  They live in a diverse community that fosters cross-cultural interactions. Yet all of those excellent experiences pale in comparison to SYA China. Thank you for giving my daughter a  transformational growth experience that I doubt will be surpassed.”

-Mary Beth L. CN'19P

Parent Reference Program

If your child has already submitted an application, and you would like to speak to an SYA parent, please contact the Admissions Office at 978.725.6828 or