Published: June 13, 2019

Exchange family photo courtesy of Bureau of Educational & Cultural AffairsFor more than 40 years, the International English Center (IEC) at CU Boulder has welcomed international teens, undergraduate and graduate-level students, to the campus and to Boulder, providing a safe, nurturing and dynamic environment where students develop their English language skills, explore U.S. culture and connect with other students from around the world.

The IEC is looking for local families to welcome international students as members of their families. Host families are required to provide well-balanced meals, reasonable use of the house and amenities, and transportation as necessary.

By opening your home to an international student, you open a student’s eyes to life in the U.S., helping to foster cross-cultural communication and understanding. The student becomes a part of your family, creating a lifelong friendship.

Those interested in becoming a homestay family must submit an application, complete a criminal background check, provide two non-relative personal references and permit an annual in-home, in-person interview.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, friends and neighbors. Learn more about becoming a homestay family, and fill out the interest form. Email Eriko Yatabe-Waldock at eriko.yatabewaldock@colorado.edu or call 303-735-9590 with any questions.