High school students in good standing from any accredited American high school may apply to spend their junior or senior year with School Year Abroad.
Students applying to SYA France in Rennes, or SYA Spain in Zaragoza must be currently enrolled in at least level II of French or Spanish. SYA China and SYA Italy however, accept applications from students of all levels, including those who would like to begin the study of Mandarin or Italian with us.
School Year Abroad is designed as a year-long program because experience
has taught us that students learn and grow in two semesters far more
than twice as much as they do in a single semester. Many students do not
hit their stride in the second language until December, and most do not
begin to achieve mastery until early spring. However, we do accept
applications for the Fall semester for SYA China.