Portland: Long-Term College Students

Current Hosting Opportunity

Program Type
Long Term College Hosting

2017/2018 Term Dates
Winter Term 2018: December 17, 2017 – March 24, 2018
Spring Term 2018: March 25, 2018 – June 16, 2018
Summer Term 2018: June 17, 2018 – September 15, 2018

Open to families in the Portland-area within a 60-minute commute via public transportation to the student's classes

Host an international student enrolled at Portland State University, Portland Community College, Clark College, and other schools in the Portland/Vancouver area. Most students arrive at the beginning of one of the four academic terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer). As a host family, you would make a one-term commitment, for approximately three months. At the end of the term, we will ask both you and your student whether you want to extend the homestay. Some families have hosted the same student for a year or more!

If you are interested in hosting a long term student, we suggest that you apply for a short-term hosting experience first. It is a great way to find out how hosting fits into your everyday life.

Basic responsibilities

You would need to provide your student with his or her own room, access to a study area, meals (self-serve breakfast, food for them to pack a lunch, and dinner together with the family), and internet access as well as regular contact with your family. The last part is especially important, because the students who choose a homestay over a dorm or shared apartment really want to practice their English and experience American culture from an insider's perspective. Families receive a monthly stipend that helps offset hosting expenses like food and utiliities.

Commuting to school

The commute to school should be less than 60 minutes on public transportation.

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