Rennes, the capital of Brittany, allows you to experience the distinct Breton culture as you simultaneously master the French language and discover France’s place in the world. This lessertraveled corner of the country lets you focus on immersing yourself locally, and yet Paris can be reached by train in less than 90 minutes. French is the language of diplomacy and is considered the lingua franca of art, cuisine, dance and fashion. To complement this scope, SYA offers a wide range of courses, from humanities and environmental science to political science and global studies. All courses are taught in French except for English and math. Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom, however; you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities from crew and choir to cooking and community service. Time with your host family will further hone your skills.
“I have fallen in love with my French lifestyle and routines from the after-school chats with my host mother, to the familiar routes to school and volleyball practice. I even catch myself wanting to slip French into my English conversations as it has become second nature to constantly speak it as much as possible. This year has truly been the best experience of my life.”
– Mary Grace, France ’19, Norfolk Academy, VA
“My host family, my friends and my school have made this year in France one of the best of my life, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad with SYA France. For any rising sophomores, juniors or seniors reading this, I strongly advise you to apply to this program. I truly had the experience of a lifetime.”
– Katherine, France ’18, Providence Day School, NC
“At SYA, I had the opportunity to learn about something and then see it reflected in the real world through class trips, cultural experiences and simply exploring Rennes. It was powerful to learn something in the classroom but also understand its real-world applications through my own eyes. I also had the chance to delve into subjects - politics, and art history - that I am deeply interested in but did not have the opportunity to explore at my home school.”
– Defne, France ’18, The Thacher School, VA