ASSE and World Heritage International

228 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494‑4100
Fax: 949-335-6523
Contact: Bill Gustafson, President and CEO

2020-2021 CSIET Certification Status: Full
Countries Served: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
Number of 2019-2020 Participants: 1242 (1123 semester or year J-1 Inbound; 119 semester or year outbound)
Grant Programs: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, YES Program, FLEX Program
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1976

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs was founded by the Swedish government as American Scandinavian Student Exchange to facilitate student exchanges between the United States and the Scandinavian countries.  It has expanded to include exchanges between the United States and Australia, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, and 18 European countries, as well as NIS (former Soviet Union), and a number of predominantly Muslim countries.  World Heritage is an Enhanced Program of ASSE International.

Academic Year or Semester in North America— Foreign students ages 15 to 18 spend a semester or year living with families, attending a North American high school, learning North American culture and language while sharing their own language and culture.  The students, who must have completed at least three years of English language study, are screened by school administrators, teachers, and ASSE representatives. Host families participate in the selection of the student who will live in their home, and orientation is provided to host families prior to the student’s arrival.  ASSE area representatives conduct orientation meetings for students prior to departure and upon arrival; monitor the student’s adjustment to the family, school, and community on at least a monthly basis; and organize recreational and social activities for the students and host families. Cost to participants varies by country.

World Heritage students begin their academic year or semester with a five-day Enhanced Program that consists of orientation meetings, sightseeing visits to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, and instruction on American history, culture, and the political system.

Academic Year or Semester Abroad—U.S. students ages 15 to 18 live with families and attend school in the country of their choice. Pre-departure orientation, host country orientation, and counseling are provided.  A six- to fourteen-day intensive language and cultural orientation camp or remedial language instruction is included upon arrival in non‑English‑speaking host countries.  Academic credit is possible, depending on home school policies.  No prior language study is required.  Cost to participants is $7,050 to $11,950 including comprehensive insurance coverage and transportation (except for United States/Canada/Mexico exchanges).