SYA Spain is a study abroad program for high school students that will take you deep into the study of a language and culture brought to the Americas over 500 years ago during your school year in Spain. All classes are taught in Spanish except English and math. Your home base, Zaragoza, is Spain’s fifth-largest city, located halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. Relatively unspoiled by tourism, it is an ideal location for immersing yourself in the local community. Each experience you have–whether chatting with your host family, rowing on the Ebro, or painting in a nearby studio—will reinforce what you’re learning at school and teach you more about this influential language and culture than you could ever learn from a book. Beyond the city, you’ll attend “class” in some pretty spectacular locations, from the canyons of the Sierra de Guara to the halls of the famous Museo Nacional del Prado.
What's It Like to Spend a Year of High School Abroad in Spain?
“SYA Spain has changed my life. Not only in opening my eyes to just how big this world is and how different every little part of it is, but also as to how I want to live and who I was to be.”
-Lili, Spain ’19, Sidwell Friends School, DC
“As you went about your life in Spain, you could feel the history surround you on the streets.”
-Tatiana, Spain ’18, The Spence School, NY
“I developed a character independent of my American parents’ and friends’ influences, and I learned how to live on my own. At school, not only did I delve into the Spanish culture, but I also delved into American culture as well. Every day, I learned with students who had grown up across the U.S. We compared notes on the cultural differences within our own home country.”
-Abby, Spain ’16, Carnegie Vanguard High School, TX
“What SYA does best is make students comfortable being uncomfortable.”
-Teddy, Spain ’19, Georgetown Day School, DC