I often think of hosting as having a kite...
It is only when you take it in your hand and help it fly you see the true joy so many families receive from hosting.

Host an international student

Welcome the world into your home

Hosting an international student will enrich your life in so many ways. You will be a key part of the experience for a student who has come to live and study in the UK. Our students come from all over the world to learn about the culture and the language in the UK. They live with a host family, go to school, and integrate into the local community.

International exchange is a great investment in the future for a young person. We’re passionate about providing young people with this opportunity, and we are really grateful for the amazing contribution our host families make to our programme.

A rewarding experience for you and your family

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Make a difference

By becoming a host family, you will make a real difference to the experience of the international students who stay with you. The aim of our programme is to increase intercultural understanding between the young people of the world, and thereby reduce the risk of future conflict. Hosting an international student is a great way to contribute to this.

Hosting an international student can also be a great opportunity to teach younger children about the world – and for families with teenagers, hosting can be a great, rewarding opportunity to make international friends, practice language skills and learn about other cultures.

This is what our host families say

Local presence

Whether you or your student needs a friendly chat or advice, your local support coordinator is there.
From preparation ahead of your student arriving till you have said your goodbyes and beyond.

Support throughout

With InterStudies you benefit from strong support from an experienced and dedicated support team.
Our unique three-tier support system means that you will always have someone to turn to.

Great memories

We will support both you and your student in creating great memories that will last a lifetime.
Adding an international dimension to your life is a great way of creating amazing opportunities.

The answers to your questions:

We’ve put together a handy set of frequently asked questions which should help to answer any questions you might have about hosting.
If you are still wondering about something, when you have been through them, please get in touch.

Every host family is different, just like every student is different. The most important thing is that you provide a warm and welcoming home and family for one of our students, and that you will welcome your student into your home and treat them as a member of your family.

You’ll need to be able to offer a suitable bedroom with adequate space, including room for the student to store their belongings. They’ll also need a quiet place to study, and will take part in your meals as part of your family. You should treat the student like another member of your family, so as well as the physical requirements of your home, you should also be supportive, caring and encouraging to the student that you host.

Most of our students arrive at the end of August or the start of September, or in January. Usually, students stay for between a school term and a full school year. So you could choose to host a student for a term, a semester or a full school year or for a short term immersion programme.

You will receive monetary compensation for hosting a student, in order to help you with the costs of having an extra family member. However, this should not be viewed as an extra source of income. You’ll receive further information on this during the application process.

You will have a Local Support Coordinator in your area who is there to support both you and your student throughout the programme, and you are always welcome to contact them for help and advice. We also have a support team at Head Office who can help. In case of emergency, we have an emergency phone which is manned 24/7 by a member of the Head Office team.

When a student first arrives, it can be natural for both the host family and the student to take a little while to settle into the new dynamic. Good, clear communication is key here – and the vast majority of our host families go on to form strong and long-lasting bonds with their students. If you do have any problems, your LSC will help you to solve these.

We place students all across the country, and we’re always interested in placing students in new areas! If you’re not sure if your area would be suitable, please get in touch with us to check.

Great! Fill out our enquiry form, and then one of our LSCs will be in touch to talk with you about hosting in more detail. If you have any questions, we’ll be more than happy to have a chat with you.

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Meet one of our host families

We spoke to Julie, one of our host mums in the UK, to find out more about what hosting brings to their family life, as well as to one of the students who recently spent the year with Julie and her family. This is what they had to say about their experience.

“Growing our family. We’ve always been sociable – we like to share our family. Family isn’t just blood – it’s who you choose to be. This experience enriches our lives and enriches the students’ lives. We’ve even had former students who we have hosted in the past turn up for surprise birthday parties!

There are times when things are stressful, but that’s just because the student is truly a part of the family. Our student is like a daughter to us.”

“Do it! – but do it the right way. Our first time hosting, we didn’t get it quite right. You need to set ground rules from day one. This will help the student to settle in better, avoid any awkwardness and will prevent you from getting frustrated further down the line! Communication is key. Enjoy hosting – it will enrich your family.”

“My host family have been brilliant – they are very cool! We do a lot together, such as salsa dancing, and we even went to a 1970s themed party together.

For New Year, my parents came over and we had dinner with my host family! This was a bit stressful at first because my parents don’t speak English, but they all got on really well.”

The team behind our programmes

Julie is responsible for our High School programmes in the UK, working with our team of Local Support Coordinators to ensure that our students and  host families have the best possible experience taking part in our programme.

We asked Julie: What is the best part of your job:

“Seeing the students overcome fears and turn into independent, confident young men and women ready for the next stage of their life..” 

Interested in becoming a Host Family?

Get in touch with us today!

If you would like to know more about hosting with InterStudies, please fill in the enquiry form. We will respond with further information and put you in touch with one of our Local Support Coordinators, who will be able to tell you much more about every aspect of becoming a host family.

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A rewarding experience for you and your family

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