The origin and foundation of ASSE have
been its exchange programs
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 semester or year in Europe the
adventure and opportunity of a lifetime.
The natural beauty of the continental Scan-
dinavian countries draws many exchange
students to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and
Finland. Striking green forests and valleys,
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brilliant blue lakes and fjords, and white
snow–capped mountains 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 or a semester in a Scan-
dinavian country, you can experience things
distinctly characteristic of this area of the
world. The northern sun never setting dur-
ing 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 trans-
ported 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 café 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.