In her final blog, Campus reporter Isabelle M. describes her year abroad in France as a revolving door.
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 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
“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
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
Julia A. expresses her gratitude to her host family, friends, and parents for her time at SYA France.
In her final blog, Annika J. says her thank-you's to her favorite places and people for her year abroad.
Isabelle demonstrates her resourcefulness during a traveling mishap in her latest blog.
Campus reporter Annika J. writes about living with a single host mom.
Gretchen writes about struggling to say her goodbyes to her friends, teachers and to Rennes.
Julia and her classmates give their advice about traveling independently.
Campus blogger Julia A. gives advice to the SYA France class of 2023.
Isabelle writes about relishing the moment now that spring has arrived in Rennes.
Annika writes about her plans for the next two months and taking advantage of her time left in France.
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!
Olivia says goodbye to her fall semester friends and hello to her new spring semester friends!
Hope talks about how much she looks forward to her weekly art class in France.