SYA Italy

Italy is a country of layers where ancient ruins and modern culture exist in harmony. SYA Italy will help you see how the two relate through experiential learning and interdisciplinary high school classes — all initially taught in English except for Italian. Viterbo provides the ideal launching point — big enough to offer an exciting day-to-day life, small enough to feel like home and only a 90-minute train ride from Rome. The Italians are welcoming people with a cultural commitment to hospitality. This translates to a feeling of connection throughout your day. Every interaction, whether buying a panino or hanging out with friends, practicing with your tennis team or playing with your band, will enrich your language skills and deepen your relationship with the Italian culture during your year abroad in Italy.

Studying Abroad with SYA Italy

What's It Like to Spend a Year of High School Abroad in Italy?

SYA commits a level of trust in students that no American school has ever given me. And I have watched myself step up again and again, working through situations in a foreign country and foreign language which I would have shied away from in my own American hometown.
–Phebe IT'22, John Bapst Memorial High School, ME
Moving away from home at such a young age, although difficult, has taught me the value of living life to the fullest. Italy is a wonderful country and I have learned to carpe diem."
–Tara IT'22, The Master's School, NY
"SYA challenges its students to be hands-on with their education and find ways to apply knowledge to real-world situations. We spent a week learning about the Arch of Constantine, but it was rewarding to see the art in person and be able to point out the intricate details we had learned in Art History Class. When we learned about the politics of immigration in Italy, we had the chance to meet refugees, hear their stories for ourselves, and volunteer at organizations that helped them. SYA makes learning memorable.”
–Kimiye IT'18, 'Iolani School, HI


Quick Facts About SYA Italy: Our High School Abroad Program in Italy

  • SYA Italy's high school campus opened in 2001 and is located in Viterbo, 64 miles northwest of Rome.
  • The school is housed in a palazzo decorated with a collection of 16th century frescoes.
  • Three languages offered; Italian, Latin & Ancient Greek.
  • Students typically enroll in six courses, including English, math and Italian.
  • Other courses are taught in English, but gradually incorporate more Italian as student language proficiency deepens.
  • Applied Agroecology combines biology, microbiology, ecology, chemistry and organic chemistry with a focus on sustainability.
  • Broad range of extracurriculars are available; sports, applied arts and musical opportunities.
  • Popular 'International Gemellaggio' club connects SYA Italy students with local Italian peers for language and cultural exchanges.


SYA Italy Address
Via Cavour 77
01100 Viterbo, Italy