Happy Founder's Day! Celebrating 59 years of SYA


On September 9, 1964, two teachers and the original 11 "schoolboys" set sail from Hoboken, New Jersey to Le Havre, France aboard the MS Aurelia. Their eastbound fare was $196. At $3,200, tuition covered this travel expense and most others for the year. The original school was located at the Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos in Barcelona.

Founder’s Day is a time to reflect on SYA’s history as well as renew our commitment to promoting intercultural understanding and appreciation through the immersive adventure of fully engaging with different languages and peoples. For 59 years, SYA has guided its students through a challenging curriculum focused on developing skills and cultural competencies for an increasingly interdependent world.

Kicking off 2023-2024

The academic year is officially underway! Learn more about how you can get involved over these first few weeks.

Calling all 4s and 9s!

While SYA celebrates 59 years, classes ending in 4 or 9 are celebrating reunions too! There’s no better time to reconnect with classmates and reminisce about your time abroad.