Our international students are placed with local families to ensure an authentic American experience. The generosity and hospitality of host families forms the backbone of successful study-abroad experiences, offering each international student a unique opportunity while enriching the host family’s knowledge of a different culture. A strong host experience can be life-changing, both for the international student and for the host family. We hope that STA families and friends will consider this opportunity.
Host families receive a stipend of up to $850 per month to offset basic costs associated with hosting. The stipend can even be applied directly to your STA student’s tuition!.
Some requirements include:
- Safe and supportive household environment
- Meals - breakfast and dinner on school days, breakfast, lunch and dinner on non school days
- Internet access
- Study area
- Basic amenities
- Language and cultural support
This opportunity is not just limited to STA families. Any local family can take part in the experience!
UTP will provide a full-time onsite staff at Saint Thomas Aquinas to assist families with this experience, taking a hands-on approach to creating an inclusive and holistic experience for both the students and families.
If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact one of our UTP staff members!