At SYA Spain, each day is a new adventure filled with unique opportunities for learning, growth and language acquisition. Consequently, there is no "average" day. The following schedule provides an outline for the full lives that high school students live while at SYA Spain during the majority of the academic year. Schedules vary from student to student and are different during the initial fall cultural orientation, during the final weeks of the capstone project, on extended educational trips and on Fieldwork Wednesdays. You can watch a typical day in Zaragoza for Payton, ES'22, on our YouTube channel, or keep scrolling to read about a typical class day in the 2022-2023 academic year:
Get ready for your day in Zaragoza, Spain!
Enjoy a traditional Spanish breakfast with your host family.
Go to School
SYA students live in, or nearby, Zaragoza. They walk, bike or take public transportation to school.
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Classes at SYA will engage you with your surroundings. Start the academic day by analyzing the impact of the Napoleonic War in the urban planning of Zaragoza.
SYA students can choose from a variety of math courses (taught in English) ranging from Advanced Algebra to AP Calculus BC. These courses combine in-class and online learning activities in a hybrid learning environment, with a focus on developing independent learning skills.
In addition to improving Spanish language skills with your host family, you will master Spanish language, grammar and culture through SYA's fast-paced Spanish language course.
Check in with teachers about assignments, grab a coffee, catch up with friends in historic downtown Zaragoza or go to a nearby Spanish market or café to buy some local treats for a merienda!
In your weekly advisory period, meet with your peers and advisor to support one another through the personal challenges and victories that come with living abroad.
Complete your homework, meet with teachers or hang out with your friends in downtown Zaragoza.
Prepare for your upcoming production by preparing the set or rehearsing your lines in Spanish.
SYA Spain students eat lunch at a local high school close to campus - allowing SYA students the chance to try new foods!
Understand Spain's history through its economic policies.
While electives are in taught in Spanish, English is taught in English by teachers from American independent schools. Using a variety of texts, you will further explore globalism and the abroad experience through literature.
Spend your afternoons participating in sports teams, visual and preforming arts or traditional Spanish activities like flamenco dancing and Spanish cooking classes.
Head back home
Walk, bike or take public transportation back home.
Complete homework assignments and spend time with friends or your host family. At SYA you will find yourself on all sorts of adventures like learning to cook paella with your host parents or going to a soccer game with your Spanish friends.
Enjoy Spanish delicacies with your host family!
Work on homework assignments, relax with your host family and get ready for another day in Zaragoza, Spain!
For a full list of available courses at SYA Spain, check out the SYA Spain Academics Page.
To read more about SYA's hands-on academics, visit our Curriculum Page.