Why SYA?

Are you ready to reach beyond the classroom, the country, and even the normal limits of life? School Year Abroad is your chance to make this great big world your own. When you choose SYA, you will:

  • Gain meaningful life experiences, grow in confidence and develop an enhanced global outlook by spending your sophomore, junior or senior year of high school abroad in China, France, Italy, or Spain.
  • Immerse yourself in a culture and become conversant in a language while living with a supportive local family. Participate in the art, politics, sports, and adventures of a country.
    • SYA France & SYA Spain: Study in target language from day one
    • SYA Italy: Italian Language and Culture; Latin & Greek track available; beginners welcome
    • SYA China: Study in target language from day one; beginners welcome
  • Create friendships that will last a lifetime. Meet high school students from across the U.S. and make connections with local students in your host country.
  • Enhance your college applications with well-rounded experience - SYA alumni bring an increased understanding of the world to the top colleges they attend—and the lives they go on to lead.