Annika compares her new normal to her life in Rennes in her last blog.
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 lesser-traveled 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 in our high school study abroad program in France, 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.
What's It Like to Spend a Year of High School Abroad in France?
“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, CA
Quick Facts about SYA France:
Georgia recounts fond memories from her time in France in her final blog.
Claire says goodbye to Rennes in her final blog.
Annika writes about reuniting with her host family after two weeks of independent travel.
Georgia describes the classes she takes and explains why she finds them so engaging.
Annika outlines some of the things she has learned in January in order to get through the winter season.
Claire writes her 17th birthday celebration with her friends and host family.
Annika writes what it was like to have both her families meet for the first time.
Claire lists the many fieldwork activities her class has participated in so far at SYA France.
Annika writes about spending Thanksgiving in Rennes and the many ways she got to celebrate.
Georgia compares the holiday spirit of her hometown with Rennes and lists the many things there is to do.
Annika M. writes about the small victories she has experienced while speaking French.
Georgia N. writes about a few of her favorite places to hang out in Rennes.
In her latest blog, Claire W. writes about how she spent her two week break traveling around France.
In her first blog, Annika M. describes a few of her favorite part about attending SYA France so far.