Hosting an international student is a big decision, and we’re here to help.
Browse our frequently asked questions, and if you’re not fully satisfied simply contact your local office.
What are my responsibilities as a host family?
Families must provide a bed, breakfast, packed lunch (for younger students only) and evening meal Monday through Friday, and all meals on the weekends & have easy access to local transportation to and from the students course centre and a stable, caring environment. Host parents must submit an application, references, and are subject to a home visit by one of our experienced staff. Students bring their own spending money for personal needs, souvenirs, entertainment, and other incidentals.
I am not a "traditional" family, is it still possible to host?
Of course! Our hosts come in all shapes and sizes and we welcome such diverse families as single parent households, empty-nesters, and families with small children.
May I host more than one student at a time?
Yes, you may host up to four students. Some families like to host more than one student, as it gives the students a companion. It also gives your family the chance to learn more about another culture. Up to 3 students may share a room and up to 4 in your home, but all must have their own bed.
All of our host families receive monetary compensation for hosting an EF student. This sum is meant to support your family in the weekly costs of hosting a student.
What if there is a problem with our student?
We boast nearly 50 years of experience of managing host families and your local accommodation coordinators are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week if you have any questions or concerns. Our students must comply with all programme rules and our staff will ensure they follow these while with your family.
In case of an accident or illness, who do we contact?
Help is only a phone call away – EF staff are available to you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This will be detailed by your local office prior to the summer season commencing.
Where will our international student study?
EF students attend classes at a Centre in, or close to, your community. Courses include daily English and cultural lessons in the combined with a full activities programme that students will take part in every day and in the evenings too as well as excursions on the weekend.
“Communication is key! Open communication between you and your student is crucial for a successful hosting experience.”