Hosting International Students with IEM

Let the world into your family!

Become a Host Family

What is the Application Process?

Step 1

File IEM Application

Step 2

Phone Interview

Step 3

Home Visit by IEM

Step 4

Confirmation Letter!

Why Host An International Student?

A deep, rewarding connection

Build a unique bond with your student that will grow with your family and last a lifetime.

A rich exposure to another culture

Help educate the leaders of tomorrow develop into service-minded, well-rounded global citizens.

Join a supportive IEM community

We offer ongoing support and guidance from IEM staff throughout your hosting experience.

Compensation Provided

$1000-1300 per month/student provided to Homestay Hosts.

Choose IEM to Start Your International Hosting Journey

IEM specializes in providing students with access to high quality education through its network of partnerships with innovative, student-centered institutions committed to internationalism and globalization.

IEM’s collaboration with partner institutions goes beyond student recruitment. Our partnership structure also includes comprehensive enrollment and on-campus support services to address the educational, social and cultural needs of newly admitted international students.


What Other Host Families Are Saying...

"We are happy to welcome international student to our family. It is a new experience to my children as well."
- Emily

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more information about becoming a Host Family

Provide a nurturing and structured environment for the students (ages 14-18) to grow and flourish. Host families are expected to take the child to and from school, provide three meals per day, a private bedroom, and consistently communicate with IEM about the progress of the child. A handbook will be provided.

They will begin to arrive around a week before the semester begins (Fall or Spring Semester), depending on the start date of the school that the students will be enrolled in.

We would like for you to have the students for one academic school year.

Starting at $1300 per month/student provided to Homestay Hosts.

In addition to receiving a high quality education in the U.S., our students seek to experience our culture and become part of an American family. Furthermore, many of our students strive to get into a top U.S. university.

Yes, special requests are considered, but cannot always be accommodated.

IEM will have a detailed orientation for families and also provide ongoing support. A handbook will be provided to families and students.

IEM will work with the family to find the child another homestay placement.

IEM has a referral program. You will receive $100 for every family who you refer to us, who is selected and accepts the homestay commitment.

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Refer a family & get a $100 bonus!*

Join the IEM Host Family Community Today

Make a difference in a child’s life!

Families are desperately needed to host minor international students for this upcoming school year. Compensation is provided for Host Families.

$100 PAYMENT per referral to anyone who refers a family that successfully begins hosting with us.