SYA Spain

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 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.

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

“SYA Spain has changed my life. Not only in opening my eyes to just how big this world is and how different every little part of it is, but also as to how I want to live and who I was to be.”
-Lili ES'19, Sidwell Friends School, DC
“As you went about your life in Spain, you could feel the history surround you on the streets.”
-Tatiana ES'18, The Spence School, NY
“I developed a character independent of my American parents’ and friends’ influences, and I learned how to live on my own. At school, not only did I delve into the Spanish culture, but I also delved into American culture as well. Every day, I learned with students who had grown up across the U.S. We compared notes on the cultural differences within our own home country.”
-Abby ES'16, Carnegie Vanguard High School, TX
“What SYA does best is make students comfortable being uncomfortable.”
-Teddy ES'19, Georgetown Day School, DC




Quick Facts About SYA Spain – Our Spain High School Study Abroad Program 

  • SYA Spain is located in Zaragoza, mid-way between Barcelona and Madrid.
  • SYA was first established in 1964 and relocated from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1998.
  • In 2010, we moved our school to a newly-renovated location which was dedicated in 2012 as 'Casa Foster 64'.
  • Students typically take six classes; all but English and math are taught in Spanish.
  • Students must have studied through the second year of a rigorous high school Spanish curriculum to be considered for admission to our Spain program.
  • Ample co-curriculars, including artistic, athletic or service opportunities are available to best meet student interests. Basketball, volleyball and soccer are popular and several SYA alums have played on high-level field hockey and water polo teams in recent years.
  • The popular Joven Erasmus program connects students with local youth to study and address shared societal challenges.

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