The Homestay Program provides incoming graduate international students, including spouses/partners, with a 3-5 day stay with a local host before settling into their regular housing. Homestay experiences often become the basis for life-long connections between the internationals and their host.

The Homestay application period has closed for this quarter.


For Internationals

International preparing a meal in his Homestay host's kitchen.

The Homestay program affords students the opportunity to develop informal friendships with their Host away from the University’s academic life.

Homestay program matches as many international requestors as it can with volunteer hosts who have been approved by the Homestay program chair. The maximum 5-day stay usually occurs between mid-August and the start of the Fall term.

Male homestay host and male international eating American pancakes.

Participation requirements

Applications to apply for the CCIS Homestay Program are initially sent out in the Welcome Letter from the Bechtel International Center soon after your acceptance to Stanford, or around early to mid-June.

For more information contact:

For CCIS Volunteers

Female Homestay host and female volunteer hugging.

Becoming a Homestay Host is easy and generally involves welcoming a student or couple to the USA, Palo Alto and Stanford University.

Typically, the host family will meet the student at the airport (if possible) and have them as a guest in their home for 3 to 5 days before they move on to campus housing.

Female Homestay host with male international in his graduation robe.

There are myriad of activities on campus for students, but arriving international students often need more help adjusting to the area and culture. Homestay hosts help students shop for a bike, open a bank account, get household items they need to get started (including a visit to the Loan Closet), learn to navigate food shopping, and explore transportation on and off campus. Homestay friendships often continue through the student's time at Stanford; sharing holidays, family gatherings and fun times.

Participation requirements
Homestay host volunteers are recruited throughout the year. In-home stays, for a 3-5 day period, usually occur in the months of August and September. If you're interested in becoming a Homestay host:

For more information on becoming a CCIS volunteer Homestay host, please contact: