In her first blog, Julia describes her first month in Rennes and her decision to go to SYA France.
Rennes, the capital of Brittany, allows you to experience the distinct Breton culture as you simultaneously master the French language and discover France’s place in the world. This less-traveled corner of the country lets you focus on immersing yourself locally, yet Paris can be reached by train in less than 90 minutes. French is the language of diplomacy and is considered the lingua franca of art, cuisine, dance and fashion. To complement this, SYA offers a wide range of courses in at our campus in France, from humanities and environmental science to political science and global studies. While all classes are taught in French except English and math, we assure you that a wide range of language learners are successful at SYA due to our fully immersive program. Learning expands well beyond the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities from crew and choir to cooking and community service. Time with your host family will further hone your French language skills.
What's It Like to Spend a Year of High School Abroad in France?
“I have fallen in love with my French lifestyle and routines from the after-school chats with my host mother, to the familiar routes to school and volleyball practice. I even catch myself wanting to slip French into my English conversations as it has become second nature to constantly speak it as much as possible. This year has truly been the best experience of my life.”
– Mary Grace FR'19, Norfolk Academy, VA
“My host family, my friends and my school have made this year in France one of the best of my life, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad with SYA France. For any rising sophomores, juniors or seniors reading this, I strongly advise you to apply to this program. I truly had the experience of a lifetime.”
– Katherine FR'18, Providence Day School, NC
“At SYA, I had the opportunity to learn about something and then see it reflected in the real world through class trips, cultural experiences and simply exploring Rennes. It was powerful to learn something in the classroom but also understand its real-world applications through my own eyes. I also had the chance to delve into subjects - politics, and art history - that I am deeply interested in but did not have the opportunity to explore at my home school.”
– Defne FR'18, The Thacher School, CA
Quick Facts About SYA France: Our High School Study Abroad Program in France
Campus blogger Gretchen M. writes about the SYA France immersion trip in her first blog.
In her first blog, Isabelle describes the amount of freedom she has while living in France.
Annika writes about joining a choral ensemble and jumping into her new life in Rennes.
Annika compares her new normal to her life in Rennes in her last blog.
Georgia recounts fond memories from her time in France in her final blog.
Claire says goodbye to Rennes in her final blog.
Annika writes about reuniting with her host family after two weeks of independent travel.
Georgia describes the classes she takes and explains why she finds them so engaging.
Annika outlines some of the things she has learned in January in order to get through the winter season.
Claire writes her 17th birthday celebration with her friends and host family.
Annika writes what it was like to have both her families meet for the first time.
Claire lists the many fieldwork activities her class has participated in so far at SYA France.
Annika writes about spending Thanksgiving in Rennes and the many ways she got to celebrate.
Georgia compares the holiday spirit of her hometown with Rennes and lists the many things there is to do.