Rennes, France


2020 Program Dates: June 17- July 20

(flights depart on June 16th)



Evenings and weekends are spent in the comfort of your host family where you’ll have ample opportunity to share the highlights of your day over a delicious meal. Your host family will teach you more about French language and culture than you could ever learn at school.

"The host family took care of my child as if she were their own child. They taught her French and French culture as much as they could. Their children were so friendly and treated her like their own sister. They became so close and they are still communicating with each other even after the SYA program. We are truly grateful to her host family for providing her care, love, education and everything. Thank you very much." - SYA Summer: France '18 parent



Explore Rennes and the surrounding area with the school, your host family and even on your own.

Discover northern France with trips to places like Mont Saint-Michel, Saint Malo and Normandy - home to D-Day landing sites of World War II.

Finish the program with a trip to Paris where the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Montmartre and la Tour Eiffel are just a few of the attractions.

"Please accept my heartfelt thanks to you and your entire staff for creating such a warm, caring learning environment for the students.- SYA Summer: France  '17 parent


Improve your French language skills while expanding your knowledge of France through multidisciplinary classes which incorporate history, contemporary culture and journalism.

Participate in local activities such as: kayaking, rope courses and circus school.

"I have covered more French material at SYA Summer than I did in 3 years of French at my school in the States!"  - SYA Summer: France '18 student

Program Overview

On this five-week adventure, students will touch down in Paris – and travel to the coastal town of La Rochelle, south of Brittany, where they will have a three-day orientation. From there the group will travel to Rennes where SYA has its school and host families will welcome students.

For the next four weeks, mornings will be dedicated to level-appropriate French classes; afternoons will be filled with local activities and trips to places like Mont Saint-Michel, Saint Malo and Normandy – home to D-Day landing sites of World War II. Other activities include kayaking, rope courses, circus school, art lessons and cooking classes. Evenings and weekends will be spent in the comfort of their host family where students will learn more about the French language and culture than they ever could in the classroom.

The final week of the program is a group trip to Paris where students will discover the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Montmarte, la Tour Eiffel and more.

Admissions & Eligibility

All SYA Summer programs are open to rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade high school students. Application for admission is considered complete when the following have been received:

• Online application and $50 application fee
• Transcript (with fall semester grades)

The France Summer 2020 application will be available in October 2019.

Daily Life

On school days, you will be taking French language (two periods of 45 minutes each), practical exercises (45 minutes) and French culture and society (45 minutes). We do not have a formal language pledge, but we encourage you to speak French whenever you are in school so that you can take full advantage of your time here.

Each host family prepares a picnic lunch for their student. Some students, however, prefer to buy their own lunch either in the neighborhood or in town.

In the afternoons, all students participate in planned co-curricular activities and field trips that range from outdoor excursions to cultural experiences. On occasion, host siblings will be invited to participate. After classes, you are expected to be home in the late afternoon during the week and spend time with your host family. The weekends are also considered "closed," ensuring you spend time with your host family and host siblings.


Meet the Director

Pascal Monteville, Program Director

After working at SYA from 1986 to 1990, Pascal spent three years in the U.S., teaching at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and Thacher School in California, after which he returned to SYA France. In the year-long program, Pascal teaches Political Science and Global Issues, is in charge of the extracurricular activities program, and coordinates numerous special events with local organizations and schools in Rennes and throughout Europe. He also teaches French to non-native speakers at the University of Rennes and directs their theater program. Pascal has been leading the SYA Summer in France Program since 2008. Pascal and his wife have two daughters. Their oldest was a PG student at Philips Academy in 2013-2014 and their youngest was a student at SYA China in 2016-2017.

Meet the rest of the SYA Summer: France staff here!

Host Families

Host families are carefully chosen and selected by the Program Director. They are not “professional” families who make a living by hosting foreign students. Their decision to host a student from the SYA summer program is a strong commitment on their part, and the whole family is involved in the process. They expect the same commitment from the student. The family house (or the apartment) is a place to live and to discover the culture from the inside. For most students who come for the summer, the family experience is usually the most rewarding, because they learn tremendously from it. Of course it requires a fair amount of work, tolerance and patience on both sides, but it is worth the investment.

About two thirds of the host families live outside of Rennes, in small cities or villages. However, because Rennes and its area have an excellent transportation system, both quick and efficient, the students are well connected to the city and they can commute with ease.

Our School

SYA Summer: France is located in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, just over 200 miles west of Paris.

The school opened in 1967, housed in a converted mansion and is a short walk from the majestic Thabor Park, a green oasis of calm in this vibrant college town.

Tuition, Dates & Financial Aid


Program fee for SYA Summer: France 2020: $8,800
The summer fee is inclusive of tuition, homestay, meals, excursions and health insurance. Not included are: round-trip airfare, personal expenses such as visa fees, travel insurance and spending money.

Duration: Five weeks 

SYA Summer reserves the right to cancel a summer program if minimum enrollment is not met by February 15th. In the event of cancellation, all deposits will be refunded.


Summer 2020 dates: June 17- July 20

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until programs are full.  


SYA Summer has very limited need-based financial aid available. Less than 5% of our summer students will receive a grant, with no grant to exceed 50% of the tuition. Financial aid funds are awarded on a  first come, first served basis and are for families with demonstrated need.

To apply, check the financial aid box on the Summer Application and send a copy of your most recent tax returns to 

Payment Schedule/Refund Policy:
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due within two weeks of acceptance into the program, with the remainder of the balance due by May 15th.  A refund of 50% will be granted to those who cancel before June 1; however, no refund will be offered for cancellations after June 1.

Getting to Rennes

Departure/Return: SYA organizes a round-trip group flight  from the East Coast to Paris. There will be an SYA chaperone on the outbound flight in June, but not on the return flight in July.  The group flight is optional; students are not required to be on this flight.  Students are free to arrive in Paris any way they want, as long as they arrive at the CDG airport at the group meeting time and location (date/time/location to be in included in acceptance materials).

After arriving in Paris, the group will board a chartered bus and travel to the orientation spot in La Rochelle. After a 2-day orientation, the group will then travel by bus to Rennes to meet their host families.

Please note: group flights depart the day before each program starts abroad.

Students who are accepted to the program will receive details about the group flight and all other arrival options.

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Contact us!

We'd love to hear from you! 

If you have questions about our SYA Summer in France program, you can email us at or give us a call at 978.722.6170.