Hosting Exchange Students FAQS
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My student does not seem to understand why we need to know where she is going, when, and with whom. Yesterday, she came home after her curfew and she didn’t call to let us know she’d be late. What do I do?Click to Open
This incident can be a useful cultural learning experience. Treat it as a violation of your house rules. Explain your curfew rules and why they’re important. Explain that it’s common for American parents to want to know – in advance – all the details about a student’s plans and whereabouts.
My student’s grades do not count in his home country, and he is not trying. How can I communicate that it’s important that he do well in school?Click to Open
Regardless of whether students receive credit for their grades in their home country, CIEE program rules require that students maintain a C+ average or higher in each class. Any less, and they might be asked to leave. Instill a sense of pride in your student by reminding them that they represent their family and home country.
Can the student’s parents visit for the holidays?Click to Open
No, CIEE program rules do not allow students to visit with their family or friends during the five-month program. They may do so after January 1 if they’re participating in a 10-month program. This rule was instituted to help students adjust to their new environment and host family.
Are students allowed to drive? What if the student is driving the car with me in the passenger seat?Click to Open
The only time a student may drive is while taking an official driver’s-ducation course during class hours with an instructor. CIEE program rules prohibit driving under any other circumstance. Violation will lead to immediate dismissal and return to their home country.
Can a host family require a student to attend church?Click to Open
No, the host family cannot require a student to attend religious services. However, often church is a big part of the host family’s life, and it’s a nice gesture for the student to go to church at least once, in order to spend time with the family.
A good alternative if the student does not wish to attend the actual service is to suggest that they help take care of the children at church. This can help them fulfill their community-service requirement.
I am not sure what my student should do for the community service project. How many hours does he/she need to complete, and why is this a requirement?Click to Open
CIEE requires students to complete at least eight hours of community service per semester to encourage interaction, personal development and cultural exchange. Ask what they like to do, how they can give back to the community, and to reflect on what it would mean. Your Local Coordinator also can help with ideas and contacts.
Do host families get paid?Click to Open
No. But all host families may deduct up to $50 on their tax return for each school month a student lives with them. Host families of certain grant-program students also may get reimbursement of up to $300 per school year for incidental expenses related to the student.