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Become a Homestay Host Family With Pierce College

Pierce College is proud of its International Program that promotes global community by ushering approximately 400 students to our two campuses each quarter. Many international students are studying abroad to improve their English and to develop academically in a variety of degree options. International students have arrived from many different countries and seek to find a safe place and cultural exchange within an American family.

Pierce College is currently seeking host families to provide a happy, healthy and enriching cultural exchange with our students. Families need to have an open heart, value new cultures, and desire to help teach about their own culture and experiences.

While students provide a stipend directly to host families, they also want to share their rich culture and heritage to the local community and build lifelong friendships with new people.

Host Family Requirements

  • Family members must arrange for a home visit and interview and pass a background check.
  • Students must be provided with their own furnished bedroom (bed, desk, clothing, storage, and window).
  • Several meal options should be available to the host student.
  • Families must live within a 45 minute or less short commute by bus. Bus travel to campus may include one bus transfer.
  • Short Term (2-6 weeks) and long term (3 or more months) hosting options are available. 

Hosting Options

Most host families become long-term hosts. We ask host families to open their homes for a minimum of one quarter.

  • Standard Hosts
    • 3 months to 1 year or more
    • Furnished bedroom
    • Host family provides three nutritious meals per day ($650/month)
  • Room for Rent
    • 3 months to 1 year or more
    • Furnished bedroom
    • Student buys and cooks own food in the family kitchen ($500/month)

Visit the Homestay FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.


For more information, please contact:

Ashley Chambers - International Homestay Coordinator