School Year Abroad School Year Abroad

School Year Abroad (SYA) is a leading high school, study abroad, homestay program, supported by a consortium of 45 top independent schools across the country. Originally founded by Phillips Academy in 1964, SYA now independently runs schools in four countries abroad: China, France, Italy & Spain. SYA is the only secondary education program that grants high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to live with an Asian or European host family while still earning U.S. graduation credits required for admission to selective colleges and universities.

As a language and culture immersion program, the homestay and academic emphasis on language acquisition are designed to make sure that students return home with a true mastery of the target language. All the while, teachers from leading U.S. high schools provide instruction in traditional core classes–math and English literature–to ensure that students are able to seamlessly transition back into their home school or onto college. SYA also administers necessary standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement exams.

Recognizing the breath of opportunity available in each country, and the importance of learning in both traditional and non-traditional contexts, the SYA student experience is complemented with participation in a host of extracurricular activities and relevant cultural and historically influenced travel.

While application to the programs in France and Spain carry a two-year minimum language study requirement, application to the programs in China and Italy are open to all level language students, beginner and upward.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 11-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full AddressBeijing, China
Year Established1964
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$48,600
Merit Scholarships Awarded8
Value of Merit Scholarships$200,000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded117
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$3,725,397

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionReview, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Chinese
Summer SessionAcademic Recreational. Tuition Boarding $6250. 5 weeks

Graduate Placement

Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT622
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT643
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT633


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$50
New Students262
Percentage of Applicants Accepted60
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)80


AdministratorJack Creeden
Administrator's TitlePresident
In Office Since2011
Administrator's CredentialsBA, College of the Holy Cross, MA, PhD, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
Director(s) of AdmissionsRachel Keegan Kelley, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment262
Boarding Students262
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)262
Average Class Size15
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty39
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)71
Male Teaching Faculty18
Female Teaching Faculty21

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