Host Family Vetting Process

How are our hosts selected? We make sure each host family is carefully vetted before they host a student.

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The safety and well-being of each international student is our top priority—always! We conduct background checks, virtual home screenings and interview processes to make sure that our hosts are able and willing to provide an environment that will create a comfortable, pleasant homestay experience.

  • Every person in the host family's household who is over the age of 18 will need to pass a background check.

  • Our team conducts interviews with the host family and a virtual home inspection prior to arrival.

  • All hosts are required to take an online training course and successfully pass the exam.

In addition to these safety requirements, we look for host families who are genuinely excited about welcoming international students to the USA! Every student should feel welcome and comfortable during their time abroad. All StudentRoomStay host families must:

  • Make themselves and their home available to their student. Our hosts must be able to provide a clean, comfortable and private bedroom.

  • Hosts must speak clear and correct English in the home.

  • Help their student settle into a comfortable and safe home and help them to learn. Be willing to make them feel at home with conversation, support, inclusion in family activities and personal warmth. Ideally, they will have a sincere interest in other cultures and a desire to connect with new friends from around the world.

  • Provide healthy food for their student if this is included in their service.

  • Show their student around the community to help them become familiar with the local area and customs.

  • Help their student access or organize important services (e.g. setting up a bank account and mobile) and assist their student to seek medical or dental attention if necessary.

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