By on November 10th, 2014

What It Takes to Become a Host Family

A foreign exchange student program gives a student in another country the chance to explore life and culture in another place. Foreign exchange students have the unique opportunity to learn a new language and benefit from the experience of studying in another country. If you would like to become a host family, there are numerous different programs available and finding the right one is a matter of preference.

Fill Out an Application

Most foreign exchange student programs have a website with an application available online. Normally, the application process takes time so it is important to submit it as soon as possible. Becoming a host family is simple, but you will need to have an extra furnished bedroom, complete with a bed, desk and closest space. You will need to submit references and most of the companies will schedule a host visit. Here at USH, one of our representatives will inspect your home to see where the student will be living.

Host Family: Things to Know

One great benefit many families can do is to be in constant contact with the housing company. You should bring up any questions or concerns you have with the trained staff. When you wish to become a host family, you will receive important information about housing rules, and training is provided to make the process flow more smoothly.

Being Matched With a Student

Many foreign exchange student programs will try to match families with a student that will benefit from the home environment. The distance from the school a student will be attending is a key factor, because most will be using public transportation. After you receive confirmation of a being matched with a student, the housing program staff will send you the student’s basic information.

What Happens in the Event of Incompatibility

In the event a family and student are incompatible with one another, our staff will be available to intervene. Most often, simple misunderstandings or disagreements can be worked out with relative ease. If the family and student experience insurmountable differences, the host program can arrange for a different placement as soon as possible.

The Excitement of Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

There are many benefits to hosting a foreign exchange student. Though the process to become a host family may seem daunting, the experience is well worth the effort. Hosting an exchange student can give you a chance to let a foreign exchange student have the opportunity to experience life in another country, it will help your own family grow and learn new things; seeing your guest thrive and blossom is a satisfaction beyond measure.

Becoming Attached to Your Student

When you wish to become a host family and welcome an exchange student into your life, there are bound to be bonds of attachment. Your family will be spending a considerable amount of time with your guest and it is normal to grow fond of them. Though it may be hard to say good-bye to your exchange student at the end of their visit, you can have pleasure in knowing you have helped to shape and positively touch the life of someone else.

Are You Ready to Become a Host Family?

Become a host family, because it can be one of the most rewarding things your family may ever do. Living in another country and coming to the United States is a desire for many foreign students and giving one the opportunity to do it, can make dreams come true. Opening your home, heart and life to an exchange student is exciting and if you want more information, visit for further assistance.