ASSE was established in 1976 as the American Scandinavian Student Exchange by the Swedish Government to organize student exchange programs between Sweden and the United States. Soon Denmark, Norway and Finland elected to participate. Since then, the program has grown to include: Great Britain Canada France Mexico Germany Brazil Switzerland Argentina Italy Japan Spain Korea Holland Thailand Portugal China Mongolia Czech Republic Poland Taiwan Romania Moldova Hong Kong Vietnam Slovakia Australia Turkey Serbia Estonia New Zealand Lithuania Ukraian USA S. Africa ASSE is designated as an Exchange Visitor Program by the US Department of State. ASSE works closely with the Canadian provincial education ministries and is approved by the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. ASSE maintains 38 offices in 31 countries and accommodates more than 30,000 high school age students and host families in its programs in participating countries.

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