The Host Family Experience

Hosting an international student can be a life changing experience. Our families have a strong desire to welcome a foreign student and help them experience and learn about American culture.

Many international students prefer an immersive experience during their time in the US, attending a public or private day school and living with an American family. Students are typically between the ages of 14 and 18, depending on the type of school they plan to attend and their grade level. All students arrive in the US with at least an intermediate level of English and further developing their English is a top priority for students.

Students attending a public high school are able to enroll and participate in the homestay program for a maximum of one school year under current Federal Law. If a student wishes to continue their high school education in the US, they can apply to transfer to a private school. International students can study at a private school for multiple years.

Families can elect to host the same student for more than one year, however, this is not mandatory. Host families can opt to host more than one student at a time with a maximum of two international students per household.

Who Can Apply

We accept host families nationwide and from all walks of life. To become a participating host family, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete the host family application
  • Complete a host family interview in your home with the local LPI representative in your area
  • Have a separate bedroom available for a student
  • Consent to a background check for all residents in the household over the age of 18

Host Family Application Process

Host family applications are accepted year round. However, due to student enrollment deadlines, most placements occur during the summer, ahead of the coming school year. We recommend that potential host families submit applications as early as possible for the next academic year.

We accept families for one semester placements, beginning in January, and urge families interested in this option to apply prior to November 1.