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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

Language Programs).

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

liability insurance.