How It Works

7 Steps to Hosting Success

1Step Out

Want to build friendships while earning extra income? Now you can take that extra room in your home and become a host of an international student. Get empowered with the information you need by looking at our FAQ Page or Blog!


The application is a profile where you will give us information about yourself, your home, type of service you can provide and the type of student you are interested in hosting. You will receive an email upon the submittal of your Homestay Host Family application.

3Get Connected

Within 24 business hours, you will receive a call from a USH Staff member in regard to your Homestay application and to inform you how soon you can expect to be visited by a USH Field Representative.

4Home Visit

The Home Visit is a meeting with our Field Representative for about 10-15 minutes. During this meeting, he will be able to answer any additional questions you may have regarding our program. He will see the location of the home as well as the condition of the room. You will be provided with two copies of our Host Agreement. You can sign it and mail it to our office once you decide you're ready to host with us. A USH Housing Coordinator will follow up with you after the visit.


As soon as we have a student whose profile fits yours, we will get in contact with you to see if you're interested and available to host them. We will read you the student's profile. If this is the first student you confirm, we will need both the Host Agreement and to run a criminal background check on you and any other adult in the home. Once these clear, we can confirm the student's placement. You will receive a Welcome Packet with your student's information prior to his move in. USH staff will also call you prior to your student's move-in to remind you of their arrival and provide you with the flight information.


You can expect to receive your prepaid check for the month after 5-7 business days of your student's move-in date.

7Ongoing Support

USH Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9-5PM (PST) for prompt and friendly service. You may contact us via email at any time at [email protected] with questions or concerns. In case of an emergency during non-business hours, you may call our Emergency Pager 910.874.8720 for prompt assistance. You will receive emails (or letters in the mail) regarding your student and phone calls following up with your student's placement throughout his stay.