Welcome your new international student into your heart and home!
Host An Exchange Student!
Each year, FLAG brings more than 500 students from over 25 countries into the U.S. on FLAG programs to study in high schools & universities and live with host families. Choosing to become a host parent means you are willing to accept an international exchange student into your home and provide a loving, nurturing family environment. When you host, you will open yourself and your loved ones to a new world of culture and unforgettable experiences!Apply Online
If you are interested in becoming a host parent, FLAG invites you to complete our online host family application. On the application, you’ll be asked to write about yourself, your household, your community and your lifestyle. After the application is submitted, the host family is required to complete background checks and paperwork (*Please note that all household members aged 18 and older are required to complete a criminal background check). From there, the family will be contacted by a FLAG Local Coordinator who will assist with the entire process which includes a family interview in your home, reviewing student profiles and making a match. Afterward, your assigned FLAG Local Coordinator will also assist with the arrival, departure and support of your student, as well as supporting you and your family throughout the entire exchange experience.
If you would like to learn about the hosting experience as a whole, FLAG invites you to contact us directly at 1-800-942-3524 (FLAG) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best advice FLAG can give any host family is this - treat the student as you would your own child. Students are to follow the exact same rules as the rest of the host siblings (same curfews, same chores, etc.). This is the best way to make the student feel like they are part of the family versus treating them “special” or as a guest. International students dream of being a part of an American family and experiencing 100% immersion into American culture. What better way to do this than to include them in the American day-to-day experience, even if it means washing dishes!