How To Become A Host Family

If you meet the criteria to host and you’re ready to get started, here’s what you can expect:

  1. Complete a phone interview and fill out your application online.
  2. An AIEP representative will come to your home to meet with you and take pictures of the
    common areas and the bedroom where the international student will stay. We’ll also
    conduct a background check (statewide & nationwide criminal & sex offender checks)
    and call references.
  3. Based on the information provided by you, we’ll build a profile of your household to
    share with students’ natural families.
  4. We work with natural families and their agents to match each student to a household,
    based on your application and house visit as well as our students’ applications and
    Skype interviews. The final placement decision is determined solely by the student’s
    natural family.
  5. If you are selected to host a student, we will notify you with a confirmation email. (All
    AIEP students are sufficiently fluent in English to succeed in a U.S. classroom.)
  6. Once a match is made, we will reach out to you to discuss logistics and timing. Students
    generally arrive in mid-August for the fall semester and mid-January for the spring

If you are not selected to host a student at the beginning of the semester, keep in mind that we
maintain a list of back-up Host Families in the (rare) event that a student needs to be moved
due to a family emergency or change in living circumstances for the host family. If you would
like to be on the back-up list, let us know.

Throughout the process, we are in touch with you about your progress and what you can expect
next. If you have more questions about becoming a host family, please don’t hesitate to contact

101 Marshall Lane • Derby, CT 06418 USA    |    800.921.4378 | 203.992.AIEP   |    |