Consider hosting an exchange student!

You've met an EF exchange student in your community and have seen what an interesting and enriching experience it can be. Now take the next step and find your own future exchange student!

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Why host with EF

Since 1979, we have connected over 100,000 foreign exchange students with American host families.

EF’s large support network guides you every step of the way. Your local coordinator will be in touch regularly.

Our placement process allows you to choose exchange students from 13 different countries.

What our students say

"From the moment my host family decided to host me, they became a part of my life and my future. By making that decision, they not only helped my dreams come true, but they also opened up their home to a complete stranger. That great gesture made my host family an extremely important part of my life.


They changed my life for the better and for that I am forever grateful. They became my second family and showed me the American culture with such pride and joy, a totally unfamiliar culture for me at that time. It opened my eyes to new people and new perspectives. That is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.


By opening up their home and hearts for me, I now have four sisters, amazing memories and a second home to go to. That is what hosting an exchange student gives you and it will most definitely change the life of at least one person dreaming of living in the US."


– Louise from Sweden

"My host family were the first people I met in my host city and the last ones to say goodbye before I left America. They showed me so many things and supported me throughout my exchange year. I fondly remember celebrating Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Halloween with them.


I could honestly not have spent an amazing exchange year without them, because they’ve become my second family. They took me along on so many adventures throughout Oregon and succeeded in sharing their culture. Going out to Baskin Robbins and trying out their rainbow cake ice cream was one of my favorite things to do with them.


I enjoyed sharing my Swiss culture with my host family and I think they were happy to learn family recipes, a few German words and new traditions.


– David-Lior from Switzerland

"My host family was the best one I could have asked for and they had a huge impact on my experiences abroad. They helped with everything and I am beyond thankful. Right away when we met, they treated me like their own child and made me feel super comfortable. They helped me when I was struggling with homesickness, went on adventures with me and came to all of my games.


But the little things were the most important: spending time together as a family, going to church together, cooking, celebrating, laughing and gaining two new sisters and a brother. I love them with my whole heart and I have a second family in another country which feels amazing. "


– Romina from Germany

Top 3 reasons to become a host family

Freshen up your lifestyle

Hosting a student brings your family closer together. You spend more time with each other as a family because you are sharing your lifestyle with someone new!

Experience a new culture

If you have children of your own, or relatives nearby, hosting an exchange student introduces them to other cultures and opens their eyes to the world.

Expand your family

Gain an extended family in another part of the world. You may even travel abroad one day to visit your exchange student’s home country!

© EF Education First 2011-2022. EF High School Exchange Year is operated by EF Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit corporation designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student exchange program. Note: Featured photo/videos do not include prospective students, and are representative of program participants.