for Host Families

Open your home to the world

Become a host family and welcome an international student into your home.

You'll experience true cultural exchange, make lifelong connections and represent your community to the world.

EF Host Family

Few experiences can spark interest in the world like opening up your home and becoming a host family for an international student. Being a host family with EF is a unique, rewarding, fun and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships. Our EF host families enjoy the chance to meet new international friends, and appreciate a great way of sharing and learning differences in languages and cultures.

With EF you can become a host family and welcome an international student into your home. You will experience a true cultural exchange, represent and demonstrate your community to the world. As a host family you become a vital part of our students’ time abroad and their experiences. Our host families become the student's home away from home,while providing a safe and comfortable environment for our students.

By becoming one of our host families you give our students a chance to experience maximum cultural immersion by living as locals – with locals. As a host family you give them the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into your local culture, pick up expressions with much greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent.

Become a host family for international students today and be part of this great cultural exchange. EF is looking for host families throughout the UK and Ireland, in and around our many locations. Join our host families today and offer our students a profound experience that can change their view of the world – and might change yours too.

On this site you can learn everything you need to know about becoming a host family with EF. You can browse through all our destinations in the UK and Ireland.

Become a host family with EF today. Contact us now to learn more!

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Hosting foreign students with EF

EF students travel abroad for a full immersion experience, and by hosting foreign students with EF you become an essential part of our unique programmes. Host international students with EF and be the host family students dream of by offering a warm and secure way for students to immerse themselves in the daily life in their new country.

By hosting foreign students you can enrich their understanding of local culture and customs, and help your host student pick up expressions and slang with greater ease, as well as acquiring a more authentic accent. Most importantly: host students develop meaningful relationships with their families that often last far beyond the duration of their language course, and our families regularly return to host foreign students again. Hosting foreign students is a great way to experience cultural exchange and welcome an international host student into your home. It is also a way of developing lifelong connections, as well as representing your community to the world. Take the opportunity and try hosting students with EF today!

Hosting students & finding the perfect match

We want every host student and every family hosting foreign students to be fully satisfied with their homestay arrangement. Our Accommodation Manager will keep in close contact with you regarding availability of students, and we’ll do our best to accommodate any special requests. Hosting students can be a new experience to many families and our accommodation team is always ready to support you.

Hosting students & your responsibilities

We ask that our families hosting students with us provide each student with:

  • A warm friendly welcome.
  • A clean, comfortable well lit room, with sufficient heating, ventilation, natural light, storage for clothes and use of a table or desk.
  • Bed linen and towels which should be cleaned by the homestay provider on a weekly basis.
  • Regular access to the bathroom as per a member of your family.
  • A key or access to your home at anytime.
  • Assistance to find his/her way to school on their first day.

Staff support, 24 hours a day

EF staff will be with you every step of the way when hosting students: guiding you through your student’s transition to their new country; introducing you to other families in your community; and listening to your feedback & ideas for future hosting experiences.

You can be absolutely certain that when you host international students with EF, our staff is always available for you - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


All of our families who host international students receive monetary compensation for hosting. This sum is meant to support your family with the weekly costs of hosting foreign students.

Host international students & the screening process

Making sure our students are welcomed into a safe and welcoming environment is absolutely vital to the success of our programmes. Families wishing to host international students are carefully screened and interviewed in their homes by our experienced accommodation staff and then regularly visited and monitored to ensure high standards.

Gain a unique experience and contribute to a student’s journey of a lifetime by hosting foreign students with EF. Contact us today!

Over 50 years of satisfied host families

Throughout our long experience organizing homestays, we’ve heard from a countless number of host families who rave about the program. Many of them continue to host students with us - some for years on end. We couldn’t be more proud of the families we’ve partnered with over the years. Watch our videos to meet a few of them and see what they have to say about the program.

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100 nationalities - and counting

Bringing the world together is part of our mission. At any given time of year, you can find up to 100 different nationalities at our International Language Centers. Our students come from places like France, China, Austria and Germany.

Our diverse student body means that you'll truly have a global experience when you host an EF student.

But don't take our word for it, see what real EF students have to say about the program

Frequently asked questions

Hosting an international student is a big decision, and we're here to help.
Browse our frequently asked questions, and if you’re not fully satisfied simply contact your local EF office.

What are my responsibilities as a host family?

Families must provide a bed, breakfast, packed lunch and an evening meal & have easy access to local transportation to and from the students course centre and a stable, caring environment. Host parents must submit an application, references, and are subject to a home visit by one of our experienced staff. Students bring their own spending money for personal needs, souvenirs, entertainment, and other incidentals.

I am not a "traditional" family, is it still possible to host?

Of course! We welcome all those who wish to host international students, regardless of the setup of the household.

May I host more than one student at a time?

Yes, you may host up to four students. Some families like to host more than one student, as it gives the students a companion. It also gives your family the chance to learn more about another culture. Up to 3 students may share a room and up to 4 in your home, but all must have their own bed

What if there is a problem with our student?

Your local accommodation team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should you have any questions or concerns. Our students must comply with all programme rules and our staff will ensure they follow these while with your family.

In case of an accident or illness, who do we contact?

Help is only a phone call away--EF staff are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will be detailed by your local office prior to the summer season commencing.

Where will our international student study?

EF students attend classes at a Centre in, or close to, your community. Courses include daily English and cultural lessons combined with a full activities programme that students take part in every day. They also have evenings activites and excursions on the weekend.

Our locations - EF host family UK

EF International Language Centres are found all around the globe; and each has the need to accommodate students in local host families. The United Kingdom and Ireland include our most visited destinations, making our Host family UK & Ireland programme our most extensive. While the list below features our UK & Ireland destinations, many other cities around the world host our students from 2 to 4 weeks during the summer months.

EF Host family UK & Ireland

EF has 14 centres around the UK & Ireland. If you live within one hour of any of our these destinations, you're eligible to be part of the programme. The EF Host Family UK & Ireland programme is your opportunity to experience great cultural exchange as well as creating long-lasting relationships. The EF Host Family UK & Ireland programme and its destinations are:

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Eastbourne
  • Edinburgh
  • Hastings
  • Isle of Wight
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Oxford
  • Torquay
  • Weymouth
  • Dublin

Become a host family and welcome an international student into your home. You'll experience true cultural exchange, make lifelong connections and represent your community to the world. That is why so many of our host families return year after year to host students again.

Join the EF Host Family UK & Ireland programme today. Contact us now!

Other destinations

If you are not located within the areas listed above, our High School Exchange Year programme and our International Academy programme are looking for host families throughout the entire UK & Ireland.

About EF

In 1965, Bertil Hult, EF's founder, was determined to develop a method of teaching English through discovery and activity - action learning. He took a small group of Swedish junior-high students to the South Coast of England to live the language - encouraging them to use their classroom language skills in real-life situations, and acquire authentic accents through contact with native-speakers their own age.

EF Language Travel was born. EF's innovative concept of action learning spread quickly. By 2015, EF offers language programs in 54 countries on nearly every continent and is now the world’s leading educational travel provider; offering students the opportunity to experience a new culture abroad, improving their language skills and participating in a full activity programme.

Living the language

Full cultural and linguistic immersion is at the core of what we do. By living in a homestay accommodation, interacting with local people and studying a personalized course, EF students don’t just learn a language, they live it.