Opportunity Knows No Boundaries

Purpose-driven study abroad scholarships

Founded in 1969, ASSIST is a non-profit student exchange organization that matches exceptional international high school students with leading American private secondary schools. Our work promotes cultural understanding and global citizenship.

Why ASSIST? Your gateway to success

Expert Placement

ASSIST has unmatched expertise in selecting the right American school for each Scholar. ASSIST's decades-long expertise means that we know where scholars will thrive in a deeper way that can’t be gleaned from websites.

Expert placement at private school

A Global Network

You will make life-long friends and further your goals by joining our 6,000-person global network of alumni, who have attended prestigious universities and have fulfilling careers.

Global network of private boarding schools

The Gold Standard in Study Abroad

With decades of experience, ASSIST is known for unparalleled quality. Our Scholars and member schools are outstanding, and our robust orientation and dedicated support for Scholars set us apart.

Best boarding school in the US

Education with Purpose

Our work is not profit driven. As an NGO with 50+ years of history, our mission is to create a worldwide network of leaders for a more peaceful world. We believe our Scholars will solve the world’s most urgent problems as a result of their ASSIST year.

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The Best Schools in the U.S.

ASSIST’s 75+ U.S. private secondary schools are among the best in the world. They foster intellectual curiosity through small, student-centered classes and a vibrant extracurricular landscape. Many of our schools’ campuses have facilities and resources that rival those of top universities.

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Student Stories What the ASSIST students are saying

Fast Facts ASSIST by the numbers

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Our Schools Proven Excellence: Schools That Shape Open Minds and Future Leaders

From palm trees to fall foliage, and ski slopes to surfing, our schools have a wide variety of features but share some things in common: excellent academics, competitive athletics, university-like campus facilities and endless extracurricular experiences.

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Overhead view of football field with fall colors
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Indoor seating area with chairs and booths
Overhead view of brick buildings on campus