There is no better way to learn a language and culture than to live it. Peddie students have the opportunity to participate in an immersion program through School Year Abroad, a nonprofit experience established in 1964.
Juniors and seniors attend a rigorous academic curriculum in the target language taught by native faculty members, and then participate in extra-curricular activities within their community. Living with a host family allows students to continue developing their language skills while building meaningful relationships. History and culture are brought to life through class and family fieldtrips. Students expand their worldview and learn history by living in it. They also become global citizens by connecting with the locals in a new culture.
Summer programs include a four week language and culture curriculum with one week of travel.
SYA France: Rennes
Step back into medieval times as you walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the timber-framed houses. Rennes is also home to 4 local high schools and 2 major universities, a wonderful way to engage with peers. The SYA school is located in a 19th century townhouse. See what current students are saying about their experience!
My experience was great, but it also wasn’t easy. Being able to live away from your family for 9 months will give you the confidence to try other challenging things, and it’s a confidence that stays with you.
Daughter to American parents, Rebekah Sandefer grew up in France and attended local public schools. Now a French teacher, she hopes to inspire students to make personal connections with the language and culture they are studying. Her greatest joy is to hear how students have used the language outside of the classroom.
I learned a lot about myself and about the world and the people in it. Leaving your comfort zone is the only way to experience something extraordinary, the only way you can really grow.
Avery Steele '11
The experience itself was worthwhile, but the best part is the people you meet there
Megan Zuckerman '12
It's a rare opportunity to do something like this and I think it's absolutely necessary to do it.
Lily Radziemski '13
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