SYA China

Please note: The SYA China campus will be closed for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know some Chinese, SYA China won’t just “teach” you Mandarin, we will surround you with the language and culture of Beijing. You’ll unravel the mysteries of this ancient land and understand the complexities of its modern-day issues. Our curriculum, your host family, and all the myriad experiences in between create a level of intensity and specialization unmatched anywhere else. Beijing is the historical and cultural hub of China, and, with a population of 21.7 million people, you will never lack for entertainment, social interaction or interests to pursue. Cocurricular activities range from community service to sports to music. Better still, SYA can arrange for classes in tai chi, calligraphy, brush painting or other Chinese arts, allowing you to dabble in options you might not easily find at home.

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“You will learn more, be more, experience more than you think possible. The most powerful thing I was told was this: if not now, when? When do you have another year to go experience the world?"
– Jack, China '18, Torrey Pines High School, CA
"SYA has given me the confidence to travel independently in China but also anywhere in the world. Because of SYA, I look forward to the next for years of university and beyond where I will study and work in the international field."                      
– Emma, China ’19, St. Louis Park School, MN 
"I have made memories that will truly last me a lifetime and friends I will never forget. By making the decision to push myself, I have developed skills I never saw myself possessing. Every single day has been a small victory and every tiny accomplishment added to my confidence daily and my love of this beautiful place."            
– Blair, China ’19, Packer Collegiate Institute, NY



Quick Facts about SYA China:

  • SYA China is located in Beijing housed within Middle School #2 (BNU MS #2), a model high school part of Beijing Normal University.
  • The school opened in 1994 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a visit from the former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama, and the First Lady of China, Madame Peng Liyuan.
  • Students typically take six classes; all courses are taught in English apart from Mandarin Chinese.
  • SYA China has a range of options that allow students to immerse themselves even more directly in the community via language and culture exchange with peers at BNU MS#2.
  • Ample co-curricular, artistic, martial arts and community engagement opportunities are available to best meet student interests. Dance, Tai Chi, music and cooking are popular activities.


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