Scholarships available for students to study abroad
The program also encourages local folks to serve as host families.
WAYZATA, Minn. -- International Student Exchange Programs has scholarships available for qualified high school students who would like to study abroad.
Students can spend an academic year, a three-month program or a summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa as part of the American Scandinavian Student Exchange International Student Exchange Program, said Terri Joski-Lang, Midwestern director of ASSE.
"Until a few years ago, only a fortunate few could afford to spend a school year or summer abroad. ASSE has changed all that," Joski-Lang said.
Students between the ages of 15 and 18 can qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a desire to experience living abroad with a volunteer host family.
Students need not have learned a foreign language before participating, as they will receive language and cultural instruction as part of the ASSE program. They will attend regular high school classes and learn by living the language and culture of their host country.
ASSE also provides opportunities for American families to serve as hosts to students coming to this country to attend a local high school for a semester or an academic year from Europe, the Republics of the former Soviet Union, South America, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
For more information on ASSE programs, visit its Web site at www.asse.com or call (800) 736-1760.