There's 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 extracurricular 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 field trips. 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.
Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Summer programs include a four-week language and culture curriculum with one week of travel.
SYA China: Beijing
Experience the ancient world of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties with temples and imperial parks, but also the modernity of skyscrapers and the 2008 Olympics. The SYA school shares a campus with Beijing Normal University High School #2. See what current students are saying about their experience!
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 four local high schools and two 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!
SYA Italy: Viterbo
Encircled by medieval walls, Viterbo is a perfect place to learn about art, architecture and the classical world. The SYA school is located in a restored 16th-century palazzo. See what current students are saying about their experience!
SYA Spain: Zaragoza
An animated city filled with historic and cultural sites from the Roman, Iberian and Moor civilizations. Zaragoza is a beautiful charming city close to both the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrénées mountains. See what current students are saying about their experience!