Today's Scholars. Tomorrow's Leaders.

Mission and Goals

ASSIST creates life-changing opportunities for outstanding international scholars to learn from and contribute to the finest American independent secondary schools.

ASSIST is a nonprofit, international educational and cultural exchange organization based in the United States and active in more than twenty countries around the globe. Our core work is to identify, place, and support outstanding international students on one-year scholarships at leading American independent secondary schools.

ASSIST Scholars excel during their exchange years, with 90+% earning honors or high honors academic standing each year. Each Scholar also contributes strongly to at least one extracurricular program of the school - while serving proudly as a cultural ambassador.

One of our goals is to create a worldwide circle of future leaders—friends who have come to know and respect one another, and one another’s cultures, by sharing a year of study and living together. International outreach begins with individual relationships; we foster these relationships through a year of academic and cultural immersion designed to affect peers, teachers, friends, family members and business associates for a lifetime. We believe that bringing together future American leaders and future leaders of other nations makes a substantial contribution toward promoting understanding and tolerance of cultures, racial designations and religious beliefs.

To view the ASSIST brochure, and learn more about our program, click here.

ASSIST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status incorporated in the state of Vermont, USA. ASSIST is designated by the United States State Department as an authorized Exchange Visitor Program. ASSIST is able to facilitate the issuance of the J-1 visa, under which some of our students study in the U.S. for one academic year on Exchange Visitor status.

ASSIST does not discriminate, nor does it condone harassment, on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or on any other basis proscribed by applicable policies or laws.

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