Living with an Immersion Host Family

Stephanie, a member of the ECI team, shares her experience


The thought of living with a host family can be a daunting prospect. When I was 18 I signed up for a year-long study abroad program in France, where I would live with 3 different host families during the course of my stay.

How do I approach living with my hosts?

You’re a guest, but how much of a guest are you? How much should you help out? Students often ask themselves these questions in anticipation of the Host Family Immersion week. As someone who has lived it, the best advice I can give you is be yourself.
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Embracing Cultural Differences

Surprising behaviors that might make you double-take when abroad

First things first—you are going abroad. Know that things are going to be different and new, but if you are ready and stay open-minded, you’ll love it. Here are cultural differences that took some getting acclimated to for our students in the past. With the right attitude and some preparation, you’ll know how to react. Remember, the goal of studying abroad is to authentically experience another culture.
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