The AEI Homestay Program places international students in the home of a local families. Living with a family gives you the chance to learn about our community and culture. It also gives you an excellent opportunity to practice your English and share your country's culture with the family.
When you are placed with an AEI homestay family, you can be comfortable knowing that AEI host families are pre-screened, agree to the terms and conditions of our program, and pass a Criminal Background check. Families undergo an in home interview, orientation, and ongoing support of AEI homestay staff.
- Complete Parts I and II of the Homestay Family Online Application form to request a homestay experience.
- Before applying, check application deadlines.
- A nonrefundable $150 application fee is required for placement. The UO secure, online payment allows for VISA or MasterCard. To pay by personal check, international money order, or issuing of a credit card number, mail to AEI attention AEI Admissions Coordinator. Cash or traveler's checks are not accepted.
Living with a Host Family
What's it like to live with a host family? You will participate in family life by eating with your family, having conversations with them, and doing things together. For example, you might go on a picnic or watch a video together. You will also be expected to act independently and responsibly.
- Make your own bed.
- Clean your bedroom.
- Do your own laundry.
- Help with routine household tasks (for example, empty trash, dry dishes, or rake leaves).
Your host family will worry about you if you don't tell them where you are going and when you will be back. In this respect, you have more responsibility and less freedom than if you live in a dormitory or an apartment.
Types of Local U.S. Families
What is a local U.S. family like? There is no one "typical" U.S. family. They are very diverse. They have different family traditions and customs. They are from many different racial and ethnic groups. Their religious beliefs are not all the same. Some students are surprised because U.S. families are so different from each other.
Some families are...
- Single women, with or without children.
- Older couples whose children are grown.
- Couples with small children or with no children.
- Live 45 minutes or less from the campus by bus.
- Do not permit smoking in their homes.
- Have dogs and/or cats as pet.
Cost and Length of Stay
How much does it cost? Homestay costs $600/month
- You pay your host family directly on the first of each month.
- You pay $20/day for a partial month.
- You do not pay for the entire term when you arrive.
Your host family will provide...
- An evening meal and food for breakfast during the week, plus all meals on weekends.
- A private bedroom furnished with a bed, dresser, and desk.
- Sheets, blankets and towels.
- Internet access
How long will I live with my host family? Students agree to live with their host families for at least one term. If there are problems, the Homestay Program Coordinator will help you find a solution. If you decide to move out before the end of the term, you may be required to pay a cancelations fee to the family of $300.
When will AEI tell me about my host family? About 3 to 4 weeks before the term begins, the Homestay Program Coordinator will send you the name, address, and telephone number of your host family. For more information, see: UO AEI Homestay Handbook [updated: 20150424].
Muslim Students - Our host families understand that they should not serve any kind of pork. However, AEI policy states that host families are not required to provide or cook Hallal meat. If you require Hallal meals, you would probably do better living in an apartment where you can prepare your own food.