International Programs


School Year Abroad (SYA) Application Process
For those students with good grades and a burning passion to study language and culture, School Year Abroad can be a great opportunity. If you are interested in learning about SYA, ask a language teacher so you can get a sense of what the year is about. You can also visit
SYA Application Process, continued
  • Get an application from a language teacher before Thanksgiving break. This gives us an idea of who is applying, and also which countries are of interest.
  • Talk to your parents over Thanksgiving Break
  • Have your teachers complete the recommendations before winter break (ask them well in advance).
  • Applications are due at the beginning of January.
  • We interview interested students in the second week of January.
  • In late January the Mercersburg committee meets to decide on who to recommend to SYA, and informs each candidate of his/her status.
  • We send the chosen applications to SYA.
  • SYA decides who is offered admission.
  • If a candidate is offered admission, SYA then decides on a financial aid offer.
School Year Abroad
Mercersburg has participated in the School Year Abroad program, and routinely sends students to the Spain, Italy, France, and China programs. Typically, Mercersburg sends two to four students to SYA in a given year. Check out the application process below.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236