SYA Spain is a study abroad program for high school students that will take you deep into the study of Spanish language and culture. While all high school classes are taught in Spanish except English and math, we assure you that a wide range of language learners are successful at SYA due to our fully immersive program. Your home base, Zaragoza, is Spain’s fifth-largest city, located halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. Relatively unspoiled by tourism, it is an ideal location for immersing yourself in the local community. Each experience you have — whether chatting with your host family, rowing on the Ebro or painting in a nearby studio — will reinforce what you’re learning at school and teach you more about this influential language and culture than you could ever learn from a book. Beyond the city, you’ll attend class in some pretty spectacular locations, from the canyons of the Sierra de Guara to the halls of the famous Museo Nacional del Prado.
What's It Like to Spend a Year of High School Abroad in Spain?
“This is one of the most meaningful aspects of SYA. Since we have the ability to travel, we get to see what we learned about in person."
-Greta M. ES'23, Wilmington Friends School, DE
“I’ve realized that SYA is defined by moments like these–small, perspective-changing experiences that happen almost accidentally, maybe even without your realizing. In just a month I’ve learned to be open to anything (especially the spontaneous experiences that unfold almost every day), to seize the present moment, and, most importantly, to trust the process."
-Abby D. ES'23, Milton Academy, MA
"In Spain, I’ve met people, gone to places, and experienced adventures I never want to forget. Of course, it was not without mishaps and challenges, but each has molded me into a more self-aware, mature, and brave person with a global perspective and second tongue. Learning another language also fosters a different ability of cultural understanding."
-Melinda D. ES'22, Sidwell Friends School, DC
Quick Facts About SYA Spain – Our Spain High School Study Abroad Program
SYA Spain Address
Paseo de Pamplona, 2 Principal
50004 Zaragoza, Spain