A year or a semester away can’t be
measured in days alone.
You’ll only be
gone for a school year, but the experience
will enrich the rest of your life. Living in
another country for a year is something most
people never have the opportunity to do.
You’ll return with new knowledge, cultural
understanding, maturity and lifelong friends
from your host country. The hardest part will
be leaving your ASSE host family. They will
have shared in your adventure and learned
from you, as you will have from them.
Your exchange year may cost no more than
a year at home. Believe it or not, that’s true.
ASSE programs are offered to you at cost.
Your host family is not paid for hosting you
(except in the European Summer
Your ASSE host family will provide your
meals and lodging; all they ask in return is
that you participate as a responsible
member of the family, assuming your fair
share of chores around the house and
sharing in family activities.
Of course, you’ll need pocket money just as
you do here. Your only other expense
besides the fee (see application page) will
be your domestic connecting flight to and
from your home to the international
gateway airport, the point of your ASSE
flight overseas. Or, for academic year
exchanges within North America, you must
furnish your own flight to the airport nearest
your homestay city. You are fully covered in
the event of an illness, property loss or other
emergency because all ASSE programs
include comprehensive health, travel and
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