Hosting foreign students with EF

All year round EF is recruiting families who are interested in hosting foreign students and want to experience how giving it is to open up their homes to host a student.

EF Students travel abroad for a full immersion experience, and by hosting foreign students with EF you become an essential part of our unique programmes. Host international students and become the family our host students dream of by offering a warm and secure way for the host students to immerse themselves in the daily life in their new country.

Hosting foreign students is a great way to experience cultural exchange and welcome an international host student into your home

By hosting foreign students you can enrich their understanding of local culture and customs, and help your host student pick up expressions and slang with greater ease, as well as acquiring a more authentic accent. Most importantly: host students develop meaningful relationships with their families that often last far beyond the duration of their language course, and our families regularly return to host foreign students again.

Hosting foreign students is a great way to experience cultural exchange and welcome an international host student into your home. It is also a way of developing lifelong connections, as well as representing your community to the world. Take the opportunity and try hosting students with EF today!

Hosting students & finding the perfect match

We want every host student and every family hosting foreign students to be fully satisfied with their homestay arrangement, and we work hard to find the perfect match for both student and host. Our Accommodation Officer will keep in close contact with you regarding availability of students, and we’ll do our best to accommodate any special requests. Hosting students can be a new experience to many families and our Accommodation Officers are always ready to support you.

Hosting students and your responsibilities

We ask that our families hosting students with us provide each student with:

  • A warm and friendly welcome. A clean, comfortable, well-lit room, with sufficient heating, ventilation, natural light, storage for clothes and use of a table or desk.
  • Bed linen and towels which should be cleaned by the homestay provider on a weekly basis.
  • Regular access to the bathroom as per a member of your family. A key or access to your home at any time.
  • For our younger students, assistance to find his/her way to school on their first day .

Staff support, 24 hours a day

EF staff will be with you every step of the way when hosting students: helping you select the host student that best fits your family; guiding you through your student’s transition to their new country; introducing you to other families in your community; and organizing optional fun excursions.

You can be absolutely certain that when you host international students with EF, our staff is always available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a special hotline.


All of our families who host international students receive monetary compensation for hosting a student with EF. This sum is meant to support your family with the weekly costs of hosting foreign students.

Host international students & the screening process

Making sure our students are welcomed into a safe and welcoming environment is absolutely vital to the success of our programmes. Families wishing to host international students are carefully screened and interviewed in their homes by our experienced accommodation staff and then regularly visited and monitored to ensure high standards.

Gain a unique experience and contribute to a student’s journey of a lifetime by hosting foreign students with EF. Contact us today and soon you will host international students!

Contact us today!

Fill out the contact us form and your local host family support team will get back to you as soon as possible with all the information you need about hosting students with EF Education First in your local area.

Hosting international students through EF has been a good experience for me. It’s been great to meet students from around the world and learn about their different cultures. I love to do fun things with my students like camping, going to the beach, and cooking dishes from their home countries.

Karon Pardue – EF host family for 3 years

Start your journey today

EF is looking for host families throughout the UK, in and around our many locations. Join our host families today and offer our students a profound experience that can change their view of the world – and might change yours too.

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