School Year Abroad Academic Year Programs

Founded in 1964, School Year Abroad (SYA) is a cultural immersion and language program that allows high school students the opportunity to study in Europe or Asia for an entire academic year. As a member school in the SYA consortium, Lawrenceville students receive preferential admission to one of SYA's four schools: China, France, Italy, and Spain.

SYA provides academic credit in addition to college testing and guidance, enabling students to graduate from Lawrenceville with their own class while helping to prepare them for selective colleges and universities. Students apply in their Third or Fourth Form year to attend SYA in their Fourth or Fifth Form year. The SYA year ends in time for Fifth Formers to return for their Lawrenceville graduation.





Funding your School Year Abroad

Lawrenceville and SYA both offer financial aid and scholarships to students wanting to participate in this wonderful opportunity. SYA offers financial aid and merit-based scholarships, including the Halsey Fund Scholarship. Many of the scholarships are highly competitive, and are given to academically exceptional and globally-minded high school students. 
For more information visit SYA's admission page or contact John Hughes, Lawrenceville‘s Director of Experiential Education.

About SYA

While classroom instruction is important, we recognize the unique benefits of immersive study abroad programs. Studies show that high school is the best time to study abroad. Students who study abroad in high school have the opportunity to better understand world politics, to speak another language, to grasp pressing socioeconomic concepts, and to become informed and seasoned citizens of the world.

Studying abroad produces exceptional high school students who are mature, informed, disciplined, and well-adjusted to functioning away from the comforts of home...a true character-building experience that will yield benefits for a lifetime.

Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.