ASSE was originally founded in Sweden, in 1938 by the Swedish national Ministry of Education. It sponsored exchange programs between Germany and Sweden. In the late 1940s, the program was expanded to include exchange programs with France, Great Britain and other countries in Europe. In March, of 1976, at the recommendation of the United States State Department, ASSE was incorporated as a not for profit organization in the US designated as a designated sponsor of secondary academic year programs with Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. In the 1980s ASSE (originally ‘American Scandinavian Student Exchange’) expanded its exchange program countries to include most of ‘Western Europe’, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

In the 1990s, ASSE founded the EurAupair Intercultural Child Care Programs after the turn of the millennium founded Aspire Worldwide work and travel, trainee and intern programs for university students and graduates and professionals. Finally, in 2009, ASSE partnered to establish it’s university campus in America program.

ASSE’s mission is to foster international understanding through educational and cross cultural programs.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extols the importance of international exchange programs and encourages American families to host exchange students in a video posted to ExchangesConnect’s YouTube channel. Phong Hong, ASSE Scholarship Winner of the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program, shares highlights of his amazing experience in Germany.
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A Dream Comes True
Rich Culture & History
Wider and Deeper View
Brothers Beyond Borders
Fun Traditions in Germany
East Asian Training
Second Life in One Year
Alumni Reflections
Experiencing Jazz – Ohio Style
Jules from France Becomes Prom King!
ASSE Outbound Scholarship Recipients for 2014-15 Program Year!

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