Become a Host Family


Hosting an international student will not only broaden your global world perspective, but will enrich and educate your community in ways you never imagined!

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Host an ICES International Student

There are many different types of host families, including families with or without children, empty nesters and retirees. ICES students come from Europe, ASEAN, China, South Korea, South America, Central America, Oceania, the Baltics & Africa. As a host family you gain first-hand knowledge of new countries from the perspective of an exchange student. You and your family become part of an incredible process that brings your community closer through cross-cultural sharing and friendship. This shared connection often results in lifetime friendships between our host families and their international student!

The first step to finding out more about becoming an ICES Host Family is to contact us at (800) 344-3566 or by submitting an Online Information Request Form. You will be asked some simple questions about your family, contact info, and hosting preferences. This form carries no obligation. Our experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Why You Should Host For ICES

With many organizations to choose from we understand you may have questions. ICES is a nonprofit organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For twenty five years ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by bringing awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world.

We are a leader in the field of youth exchange, with a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to creating positive exchange experiences for all participants. We truly understand the challenges that exchange students may face, many of our team members have lived abroad and learned another language while overcoming cultural differences. This understanding and compassion is transmitted through ICES’s exceptional customer service.

ICES is a designated as an official J-1 sponsor through the U.S. Department of State. We meet meticulous government regulations. ICES has been a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange (ALLIANCE) since 1997. We have maintained a full listing with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) for 25 years. CSIET establishes standards for operating international exchange programs, they monitor compliance, and disseminate information regarding international educational travel organizations.

Do you have questions regarding host family responsibilities, please review our Host Family Frequently Asked questions below.

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