The origin and foundation of ASSE have been its exchange programs with its European countries where there has been a major influence on our country's history, language and culture. Considering that European schools are among the best in the world, attending one of these schools and living with a host family will let you quickly master the language and absorb the culture. These countries are a blend of old traditions, dynamic societies and modern technology, making your year in Europe the adventure and opportunity of a lifetime.

The natural beauty of the continental Scandinavian countries draws many exchange students to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Striking green forests and valleys, brilliant blue lakes and fjords, and white snow-capped mountains combine to give these countries a feel of pure open space and freedom. Combined with this natural beauty are modern cities with socially and environmentally-conscious citizens proud of their progressive ideas.

By spending a year in a Scandinavian country, you can experience things distinctly characteristic of this area of the world. The northern sun never setting during the summer allows you to ski the slopes at night. And you can enjoy the lifestyle of a region that has more boats than cars, yet still has everything modern within its borders.

Nothing compares with Western Europe's ancient history and contemporary influence gracefully coexisting in villages, towns and cities. In Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Holland or Switzerland, you may at one moment feel transported back in time as you walk along knobby cobblestone streets past centuries-old pubs, or taken to the cutting edge at the next, as you pass trendy boutiques. There is no better way to learn the language, culture and history of one of these countries than by experiencing life as a European student.

In France, you'll discover that discussion is a national pastime, where gathering with friends to talk over coffee in a cafe is an art form. France is especially proud of its traditions, language and culture. You'll soon appreciate the importance placed on fine meals enjoyed at a leisurely pace, good conversation, fine art, music, cinema and fashion. At the same time, you'll be able to ride the TGV, the fastest train in the world, and see how new technology is shaping France today.



In Spain, experience the emphasis on family and friendship. You'll enjoy meals with every family member present, and a lifestyle that allows for a two hour lunch in the middle of the day. You'll learn to distinguish between the distinct regions of Spain, such as Catalonia or Galicia, with their own local dialects and special traditions.

Experience life in Germany, with charming, historic towns and fascinating cities such as Berlin which are helping to lead Europe into the next century. Germany offers opera houses, theatre, lush wooded areas and lovely blue lakes.

Birth place to the Roman Empire, home of the Vatican, and many other famous and historic landmarks – you'll experience history and the latest in fashion design and modern technology rolled into one when you spend an exchange year in Italy.

The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Estonia and Poland, formerly East Bloc countries, are truly the heart of Europe. These countries are in the process of reinventing themselves after their economic transformations. Study abroad in one of these newly founded democratic nations and prepare yourself for the future while still savouring Europe's "old world flavour."

Between Asia and Europe, Turkey is the crossroad of Western and Eastern cultures. Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, is the only city in the world that lies on two continents. Stunning mosques, incredible ruins and a fascinating cultural style are just a few of the numerous exciting encounters awaiting you in Turkey.