When you join the Host Family Program, you will be matched with a local host to help
you explore U.S. culture, Saint Louis University and the St. Louis area. Unlike a
traditional host family situation, this program does not include a housing component,
only monthly meetings throughout the academic year.
Hosts are current students, alumni, faculty and staff who care about your success
as a Saint Louis University student. Hosts also want to learn about you and your culture;
teach them about your country by signing up to be part of the Host Family Program.
What are the benefits and outcomes?
Increase your English-language skills to better understand and succeed inside and
outside the classroom
Enhance your sense of community at SLU
Learn about American culture, traditions and customs
Connect to the University
Build your cross-cultural competency and understanding
Meet someone who will answer your questions and serve as your personal advocate
Each year, Saint Louis University hosts nearly 1,000 international students from 80
different countries. We hope they feel like members of our SLU family. We invite you
to help by joining the Host Family Program.
SLU’s Office of International Services holds optional monthly activities. These planned
events are a great way to bring you and your student together, but we also encourage
you to meet up on your own. Here are a few ideas:
Invite the student to your home for a meal, or prepare a meal together
Visit St. Louis attractions, such as the zoo or museums
Provide baked goods or a care package during finals
Meet for coffee or tea
Celebrate holidays, birthdays and special occasions together