You have probably felt the urge to do
To chart your own
path? Life isn’t only about what you see and
do in your own country, hometown or school,
or even with your friends. What is beyond?
You need to challenge yourself, to take a
chance. For a school year (or even for a few
weeks) you can dare to be different!
What makes an exchange student different?
When someone leaves the familiar behind
and plunges into the unknown, he or she is
showing a commitment to understanding
other people, to learning about the world in
a way that textbooks and school assignments
never reveal. A year spent abroad is a year
that will redefine your world.
You’ll discover that every moment, every con-
versation and experience, challenges
the way you look at the world. You’ll see
differences as well as similarities in people and
their actions, in their beliefs and values. You’ll
experience the intricately structured social
code of the Japanese, or the egalitarian beliefs
of the Scandinavians, considered the most
socially progressive Europeans. Suddenly you’ll
realize what it means to belong to a certain
country and culture. You’ll learn about yourself
as you learn about others.
Becoming an exchange student gives you
more than knowledge about another country
and its language and culture. A year abroad
teaches you about building friendships,
taking responsibility for yourself, respecting
differences and tolerating the beliefs of others.
Exchange students develop leadership skills,
self-confidence and a greater understanding
of the complexities of the world around them.
This is why the best universities, as well as cor-
porations and professionals, look favourably
on students who have spent a school year
abroad. They know that former international
exchange students bring a higher level of ma-
turity and a global frame of reference to their
university studies and activities.
If you become an ASSE exchange student
abroad, you will experience life in another
culture and make close friends in your host
country. Sit in the small cafés, play sports,
shop in the same outdoor markets; these are
things tourists miss, and this is where you re-
ally discover the way of life in another country,
with all its subtleties.
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