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High School Study Abroad Application Process

Apply to study abroad in high school 

We’re glad you have decided to apply to study abroad in high school with SYA. The following steps will guide you through the application process.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Admissions Department at 978-725-6828. 

1:  Click on “Apply Now”. Follow the instructions to create an account. You will be prompted to create a user name and password that allows you to log in and out as you work on your application. This online account will be used to follow the status of your application, to send online recommendation requests to your teachers and to receive your admissions decision letter.  

2:  Once you have logged in to your account, click on “Add an Applicant” to begin your application.

Our online application for admission has two parts.  Part 1 covers biographical and school information. Part 2 comprises two short answer questions and one personal essay. In addition, we require four teacher recommendations, a copy of your most recent transcript and an interview with one of our SYA Representatives.

3:  Complete the required fields of Part 1 and Part 2 of the application. Be sure to save your work frequently.

4:  Upload a recent photo of yourself. We strongly encourage you to submit a photo with your application as it helps remind us of the person behind the application.

5:  Submit part 1 of your application along with the $50 application fee. You can pay via credit card or send in a check separately to SYA. Please note that an interview with an SYA representative is required. We will assign you an interviewer only after you have submitted Part 1 of your application and paid the fee.

6: Submit part 2 of your application.

7:  Send recommendation requests to your current Advisor, Language, English and Math teachers through your online account using the “Send Request” links.  Your teachers should submit their recommendations after they have had a chance to get to know you and your work, preferably at midyear. Printed recommendation forms are available for download and teachers who complete a paper form should return the recommendation directly to SYA.

8:  Download a Transcript Release Form from your online account, complete the top portion and give it to your school Principal, Registrar or Guidance Counselor. We require transcripts from all high schools you have attended.

9:  Contact your assigned interviewer and arrange a time to talk. Send him/her an interview evaluation request through your online account using the “Send Request” link. Interviews are conducted in English, and by phone, in person or via Skype.

If you are applying for a Merit Scholarship and/or Halsey Fund Scholarship please review the supplemental requirements on our website.

Your application for admission is considered complete when the following requirements have been received:

  • Part 1 of the online application and $50 application fee
  • Part 2 of the online application (short answer questions and personal essay)
  • Advisor Recommendation
  • Language Teacher Recommendation
  • English Teacher Recommendation
  • Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Transcript (with fall semester grades)
  • Interview evaluation
Start your application today for our high school study abroad programs in China, France, Italy or Spain:

Apply to study abroad in high school with SYA 
School Year Abroad
120 Water Street, Suite 310, North Andover, MA 01845 978.725.6828
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