Hosting Opportunities

Upcoming Dates

Short-Term Groups

2024 Summer and Fall

  • July 11-July 25: Japanese High School students at Portland State University
  • August 18 to September 7: University students from various countries at Portland State University
  • August 18 to September 14: University students from various countries at Portland State University
  • October 25 to November 14: Japanese high school students at Portland State University

2025 Winter and Spring: Estimated Dates

  • February 2 to February 22: University students from various countries at Portland State University
  • February 9 to March 1: University students from various countries at Portland State University
  • February 16 to March 8: University students from various countries at Portland State University
  • March 23 to March 30: Japanese high school students at Pacific International Academy
Long-Term Students

We work with international students attending Portland-metro area colleges, universities, and language schools for an academic term or longer. Students and hosts are asked to commit to the homestay for at least one term, with the option to extend. Term length depends on the academic calendar of the school the student is attending. Most schools in the area have terms that are about 3-months long.

Schools Students Have Attended:

  • Portland State University
  • Clark College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Mt Hood Community College
  • Pacific International Academy
  • Pacific University
  • Portland Community College: Rock Creek, Sylvania, and Cascade Campuses
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Who can host?

This is a great program for Portland-metro area residents interested in mutual cultural exchange. Hosts should be excited to learn about another culture, welcome a student from abroad, include them in their household’s daily activities, engage them in English conversations, and make them feel like part of the household.

The commute between home and school needs to be under 60-minutes on public transportation. If the commute is over 60 minutes, you would still be eligible to host a short-term student if you can help your student part or all of the way to and from school. Check the commute to Portland State University or other schools with TriMet or GoogleMaps.

Why Host?

True to the nature of exchange, both students and hosts reap the benefits that come with cultural exchanges.

Explore New Cultures

Hosting an international student can (re)ignite a curiosity for other languages, cultures, customs, cuisine, and so much more. You may have studied other countries and regions in school, but hearing stories, trying recipes, and getting to know someone from another background makes the learning experience much more personal.

Create a Global Family

Although students come for just a few weeks at a time, many stay in touch with their hosts for years after their trip. Sometimes students may return to visit, or hosts go to their student’s home to experience the other side of the exchange. Whether you see each other again in person or just stay in touch through social media, hosting can be the beginning of a life-long relationship that spans countries and continents.

Gain and Share Perspectives

Welcoming an international visitor is a great opportunity to learn about another perspective, but it also gives you the chance to reflect on your own. Sharing traditions, explaining habits and customs to your student, and discussing opinions on a variety of subjects can allow you to step back and see your own culture from the perspective of your student.