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Host Family Program

Host Family Picnic

Welcome I-House Residents!

To ease your transition into American culture, the Program Office organizes a Host Family Program for International students and scholars. Host Family connects you with an American family for casual daytime socializing. Your American hosts may invite you for meals, outings, or take you on picnics, trips and other festivities. During American holidays, your host family/friend may invite you to spend time with them. Elaborate entertainment is not required, but you will enjoy sharing an evening of conversation, TV or games with your family. In short, the time committment is minimal, but the rewards are great.

Bay Area Hosts Needed

Want to deepen your knowledge of a longtime favorite culture, or learn about new cultures? Consider hosting an international student for casual socializing in our Host Family Program. We can suggest potential students for you, or you can choose them yourself based on shared interests. After initial contact is made, the activities pursued and timing are up to you and the student. Whatever you decide to do together will offer insights into their cultures and yours, will help your hostees derive more from American life, and will leave you with long-term friends to visit in other countries. For more information, please check out the Host Application, complete it and email to David Gilliam, Hosting Coordinator (ihprograms@berkeley.edu).