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Host Family Program

Host Family Picnic

Welcome I-House Residents

Please meet America!

To ease your transition into American culture, International House 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 will have you over 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. You will enjoy sharing an evening of conversation, TV or games with your family and get to know more about the Bay Area and the American culture. The time commitment is up to you and the rewards are great. Please fill out this form so that we can match you to your American hosts based on your interests and needs.

Application form for Students

Bay Area Hosts Needed

Let us be your matchmakers and host the world at your place.

International House wants to be the bridge between our incredible community in the Bay Area and…the world. That’s what the Host Family Program is about. Hosting an international student is a great opportunity to learn more about new cultures and help young people create amazing memories about their stay in California. If you are considering it we can make the match and 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.

Application form for Host Families


Host Family Program Aperitivo - September 14, 4-6pm

In appreciation of the great volunteer job our host families have been doing in the past years, International House is planning a charming social event with an International twist to celebrate them on September 14, from 4 to 6 pm.

RSVP to Liliana Cardile, Host Family Program Manager, at International House Front Desk. You may also contact her at hostfamily@berkeley.edu or 510 642-9490.