One of the most important parts of a study abroad high school program in the US is your host family! While all international students have many memories of their experience - their relationship with their host family is often the one they will remember the most.
For the F-1 Public High School Program all host family placements are handled directly by Educatius International staff. The host family placement is a very important part of a student's high school program and perhaps one of the most important factors for the students' well-being while on the program. At Educatius International, we therefore always do our very best to make sure we match every student with a suitable host family.
Host Family Matching and Placement
Host Family Screening
- Educatius International will match the student with a suitable screened host family for placement, after the school district has chosen a school for the student.
- The student application is sent to the Educatius coordinator in the area.
- The coordinator matches the student with a family and notifies the Educatius home office.
- Educatius notifies the student or their representative about the placement.
All Educatius International host families are screened through the following steps:
- Each potential host family completes a in depth application form including references.
- Educatius staff conducts a home visit and personal interview with the host family members.
- Personal reference checks.
- Police Checks.
At Educatius International we look for families that are practically located for the student to get to school and that have the space needed for hosting a student. We look for families that want to host a student because they want to share their way of life and culture with the student at the same time as they get to learn more about the student and his/her home country. Our families come from all walks of life and may be typical mother + father + child families, or single parents, no children etc.
What you can expect from your host family:
Of course, ALL host families are different. They can range from single parents, older parents with no kids, to a mother and father with many children. Each family will have their own way of life, which can often result in a variety of types and sizes of homes. There are however certain things that can always be expected of a host
family - including providing a safe and welcoming living environment! For example:
- A room with your own bed as well as furniture for storing your clothes and personal things
- A single room, or a double room shared with another international student (never of the same nationality)
- A space where you can do your homework
- Breakfast and dinner in the home every day on school days.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the home on weekends and school holidays
- Location no further than 45 minutes away from school. This distance is often much shorter but in the big city areas 45 minutes is normal.
- A location in a safe part of the town or city
- Local support from your International Coordinator (IC)