Hope talks about how much she looks forward to her weekly art class in 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 at our high school 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 been living life to the fullest, each and every day, supported by a wonderful system of teachers, fellow students, and each member of my host family, each equally a factor in making this chapter of my life in France a page-turner.
– Isabelle FR'22, Wilmington Friends School, DE
“My year abroad in France with SYA has been the most incredible experience of my life, or la meilleure expérience de ma vie. If I were to give my September self a preview of all the experiences this year would entail, she would be ecstatic in shock, excitement and eagerness. From swimming in the Mediterranean Sea in my clothes to skiing in the French Alps, I could write a novel out of all my amazing memories from this year.”
– Clover C. FR'23, Culver AcA
I am so thankful for the new world I have developed around me and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
– Annika FR'22, Lakeside School, WA
Quick Facts About SYA France: Our High School Study Abroad Program in France
Hope shares her advice for the class of 2024!
Linda reflects on how comfortable she has become speaking in French with her host family.
Darius writes about his Capstone and how it helped him explore Rennes.
Hope is enchanted by springtime in Rennes.
Linda finds a parade while out exploring Rennes one Saturday!
Darius finds a surprise while traveling in France.
Olivia writes about her class trip to Paris and all she saw there!
Darius and his host brother bond over language misunderstandings!
Linda discovers the joy of independent travel with her friends in Paris.
Hope learned about a sweet tradition that occurs each January in France!
Olivia and her friend Grace introduce a host family to an American staple - breakfast for dinner.
Hope reflects on her time away during winter break and how much Rennes has started to feel like home.
The arrival of the Spring semester students in Rennes caused Linda to have an important realization.
Darius bonds with his host grandmother is a surprising way!
SYA France Address
5 Allée Sainte Marie
35700 Rennes, France