Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know some Chinese, SYA China won’t just “teach” you Mandarin, we will surround you with the language and culture of Beijing. You’ll unravel the mysteries of this ancient land and understand the complexities of its modern-day issues. Our curriculum, your host family, and all the myriad experiences in between create a level of intensity and specialization unmatched anywhere else. Beijing is the historical and cultural hub of China, and, with a population of 21.7 million people, you will never lack for entertainment, social interaction or interests to pursue. Cocurricular activities range from community service to sports to music. Better still, SYA can arrange for classes in tai chi, calligraphy, brush painting or other Chinese arts, allowing you to dabble in options you might not easily find at home.
“You will learn more, be more, experience more than you think possible. The most powerful thing I was told was this: if not now, when? When do you have another year to go experience the world?"
– Jack, China '18, Torrey Pines High School, CA
"SYA has given me the confidence to travel independently in China but also anywhere in the world. Because of SYA, I look forward to the next for years of university and beyond where I will study and work in the international field."
– Emma, China ’19, St. Louis Park School, MN
"I have made memories that will truly last me a lifetime and friends I will never forget. By making the decision to push myself, I have developed skills I never saw myself possessing. Every single day has been a small victory and every tiny accomplishment added to my confidence daily and my love of this beautiful place."
– Blair, China ’19, Packer Collegiate Institute, NY