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Study Abroad & Domestic

School Year Abroad (SYA) is the only secondary level school in which American students live for a full year with a family abroad while earning U.S. graduation credits and receiving rigorous preparation for top U.S. colleges and universities. Every year SYA sends approximately 60 eleventh and twelfth graders to each one of our unique schools in:

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  • Rennes, France

  • Zaragosa, Spain

  • Viterbo, Italy

  • Beijing, China

SYA is a consortium of member schools in the United States. Charter members of the consortium are:

Contact Us

To learn more, contact Mrs. Sherifa Kehs at 713-850-0222, ext. 406, or smeguidkehs@sjs.org

Language Requirements

For China, no previous study of Mandarin is necessary for students who wish to spend their junior, senior or post-graduate year with us in Beijing. For Italy, we will be accepting applications from beginners, as well as those who have already begun the study of Latin. For France and Spain, prospective juniors or seniors must have completed at least two years of study of the target language, French or Spanish.

A representative from SYA will visit language classes in the fall. Interested students are encouraged to attend the travel tea on Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. All interested students must complete an internal application with Academic Dean Jennifer Kuhl by the deadline in the fall of their sophomore year to be considered to go abroad junior year.

Semester Away

Alzar School, Idaho (with expeditions to California and Chile)
The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, Washington, D.C.
High Mountain Institute, Colorado

SJS Application is due by November of the student’s sophomore year. For further questions, please email Jennifer Kuhl (jkuhl@sjs.org).

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