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Our lives were changed in such an unexpected and delightful way by opening our home and hearts to Sofia. She taught us to laugh louder, treasure each other, and enjoy the moment.
– Cindy J., Louisville, Kentucky

Learn How to Become a Host Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to open your heart and share your home, chances are you’ve got what it takes to host an international student. Connect your family with the world! We’ll support you every step of the way.

You’ll join 16,000 CIEE host families that welcome students from 55 counties while they attend high school with the United States’ oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Each year, we bring students who are eager to learn to more than 1,000 partner schools across the U.S.

"We wouldn’t host if it wasn’t fun and meaningful. It’s kind of cool to be 53 and find a new family member from a country you haven’t been to!" – David L., Archer City, Texas

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