China Faculty and Staff

Ni hao and welcome,

Spending a high school year abroad at SYA China will be one of the most exciting and meaningful educational experiences you will ever have. I know that it will be difficult to study abroad for nine months, but I can guarantee you that it will change your life for the better.

It goes without saying that the classroom experience, however important, is only enhanced by the fact that you will actually live in China. Indeed, you will have numerous opportunities to integrate meaningful learning experiences into your life in Beijing and to engage with Chinese culture. How many teenagers can say that they are living with a Chinese host family or participating in a Five-Day Immersion program, which allows you to spend a few days at a local high school in the suburbs of Beijing? Or playing Frisbee with Tibetan monks at the grasslands and hiking from village to village in Yunnan province?

Will a year in China’s capital be challenging and at times difficult? Yes! Will it be always picture-perfect? No! Will this year be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life? Absolutely! But the real question is: Are you ready to embark on a life-changing adventure? Joining SYA China and living for a year in Beijing with a Chinese host family will guarantee you a quantum leap of progress in Mandarin, an intimate and truly unique engagement with Chinese culture, and so much more.

SYA gives you the opportunity to spend sophomore, junior or senior year of high school making China another place to call home. If you or your parents have any questions about China or the program, feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 978.725.6828 who will be glad to answer your questions, tell you about our school in Beijing and the SYA experience. I look forward to welcoming you to our school!


John McLoughlin
Resident Director
SYA China


John McLoughlin, Resident Director

John McLoughlin joined SYA in 1996, and has since served in multiple capacities, including as SYA China Resident Director from 1996-1999, and then as SYA China Summer Program Director starting in 2014. McLoughlin joined as Resident Director in 2017, bringing over 30 years of teaching experience and extensive experience in China. Over the course of his career, McLoughlin has taught at the Peoples University of China, Boston College High School, and Brooks School. McLoughlin is currently on leave from Brooks School, where he taught history and served as the Director of Exchange Programs. A graduate of Tufts University in International Relations, McLoughlin received his Certificate of Advanced Study in Chinese Language while studying at Beijing First Foreign Languages Institute. McLoughlin went on to receive his MAT in History/ Education from Boston College.