Who is eligible to host? All types of families are encouraged to apply! There is no “typical” host family: families can have small or teenage children at home. They can be single parents, couples with no children, or people that have older children already outside of the home.

Families shouldn’t worry about being too busy — the more opportunity the student has to experience your life, the better!

How are students selected and screened?

Our Students Are:
  • Between the ages of 14 and 18 years old
  • English proficient
  • Accepted into your local school
  • Fully insured with medical & other liability policies
  • Required to maintain good academic records & performance

What’s expected of me and my family?

Our Families Must:

  • Live in an English-speaking household
  • Provide a bedroom for the student with their own bed, desk & closet/dresser
  • Prepare 3 meals per day
  • Complete an application & interview process
  • Pass a criminal background check

What types of support will I receive from Educatius?

Our Families Receive:

  • Host family orientation to prepare for the students’ arrival
  • 24/7 local & national support with a 1-800 emergency hotline
  • Monthly stipend per student to help offset associated expenses 

I can't commit to hosting for a semester or year — are there shorter opportunities? Yes! If your family cannot commit to hosting for a full year or semester, you can become a "Welcome Family" and host a student upon their arrival for 6-8 weeks while we work to secure a long-term home for the student in the same community!

Can I host more than one student? Yes, many families host two international students at a time. However, the students must speak different native languages to ensure they’ll only use English in your home. The students may share a bedroom but only if it is large enough to accommodate both of them comfortably.

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Are host families responsible for enrolling their students in school? Yes, although we first get permission from the high school to accept your student. We also work with the schools to ensure students are in compliance with each schools’ policies and procedures. Your family will fill out the same paperwork at the school as you would for your own children. You and your student will meet with the counselor to determine the classes your student will take. Our students must enroll in a full course load, including English and US History. Our local coordinators can offer suggestions and assistance if needed.

What do I do if problems arise? We have a lot of experience in placing students with families, and we provide extensive support throughout the year. We will try and work through adjustment issues that can be common. However, if the placement does not work out satisfactorily, Educatius assumes responsibility to move the student to another family. 

How should I handle health-related issues?  Our health insurance provider is UnitedHealthCare. Please call their toll-free hotline number regarding any questions with coverage for health care at +1 (800) 251-1712. The student will need his/her ID-card when visiting the doctor's office.


International students will pay $350.00 for emergency room visits and additional charges may apply. Please read all the health care insurance guidelines before visiting a doctor. All pre-existing medical conditions are excluded from this policy.


Where do I sign up? To learn more or sign up to host, please fill out our online form. An Educatius representative in your area will help start the application process.

How do I complete my application? After signing up, someone from Educatius will send you a link via email to log into our Zapp tool and begin the application process. You can work directly with your assigned local coordinator to address any questions. In the meantime, feel free to download these instructions to get started.

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