Your Best Choice - a Full-Service Placement
With over 30 years of experience in providing international students with student housing, we know what is important to students and their families and what it takes to make your homestay experience a success. We have families who have hosted with us for years, and who have provided students with the “American family experience” you are looking for.
We want you to have a truly American experience, so when there is more than one student in the home we make sure that the other student does not speak the same native language as you.
We want you to feel comfortable, so we do not place male and female students in the same home.
We want to be sure the family is a good fit for you, so we check in on you after you arrive and we have a seven-day satisfaction policy. If there is something about your homestay family that is not good for you, tell us and we will work with the family to correct the issue, or we will move you to a new homestay free of charge.
We want to make your arrival in the US as easy as possible, so we provide additional services such as airport transfer and health insurance.
And we want to be available for you if there are ever any issues, so we maintain a 24-hour emergency help line.
The Power of Experience
We have been placing international students in American homes for over 30 years. We have learned a great deal about placing students in the best homes over the years. Our experience means the best home for you.
What our Clients are Saying
I lived with an American homestay family and they helped me with my English studies, as well as anything else that I needed help with. I will miss everything about my homestay family, especially their dog.
-Pavel Chaika, Russia
I really loved my homestay family that the Housing Coordinator assigned me to.
My host family was very welcoming, they took me to tourist places in California, and they always took the time to talk to me and ask me about how I was doing. I had a lot of opportunities to practice speaking English while staying with my American homestay.
-Adriana Cordova, Peru
For my time studying in America I lived in a single room homestay, which gave me the neat opportunity to learn more about the American lifestyle.
It was nice to not have to cook my own meals, and I enjoyed the food that my Host Mother prepared for me.
My Host Mother was very encouraging and she helped make my five months studying in the United States very comfortable.
-Kana Ashiba, Japan
I looked forward to living in a homestay so that I can learn the American culture and learn about the lifestyle of everyday life.
My homestay is very nice and I enjoy their cooking. My host family has taken me shopping and they have helped me to get to know the area. I appreciate that my host family speaks slowly and sometimes they repeat things for me which is helpful since I’m here studying the English language.
I would recommend living with an FLS homestay family because my experience has been that they are so kind, helpful, and a lot of fun to live with.
-Mika Yamamoto, Japan
I chose to live in an American homestay and I loved my experience! My host family is now a second family to me. Future students will be very fortunate to live with the host family that FLS placed me with!
-Maria Belen Vera Maric, Bolivia
We have been working with FLS since 2005, having sent dozens and dozens of students to the program; almost all of them in homestay. Since then to the present time we constantly receive the most eloquent gratitude notes from our clients, who still keep in touch with their host families. Our students were immersed in an English-speaking environment, and thus improved their skills and learned about American culture. I feel proud to be a partner with this wonderful organization.
-Macri Bastos, Bolivia
We have hosted for FLS for approximately 3 years. Our experience as hosts has been gratifying, enlightening, and fun. The students are truly excited to be here in the USA. We have loved seeing the remarkable improvement in the students’ English language skills as the term progresses. And we enjoy being able to demonstrate our cultural mores through every day exchanges with our students - as well as learning the different cultural characteristics of the students themselves.
Our favorite part of hosting has been our nightly dinners together. We engage in conversations which can range from American history, English lessons, sociological differences between our countries, and general thoughts from the students on any difficulties they may experiencing.
We have formed wonderful bonds with our students. We still receive emails, Facebook comments and phone calls from some of our former students.
The staff at FLS is fabulous. They have unwavering concern and empathy for each student on a very personal level. Living in the home of a host family supplements the student’s FLS experience, and the students gain an immeasurable amount of knowledge about daily life in the US.
-Gary and Dorine Gruen, Las Vegas
Listen to what our students say about their experience.
We love to host international students as it gives us an opportunity to learn about other cultures and to experience a little of what it is like to be in a foreign country trying to learn a language. We really admire these students and the courage it takes to step out of their comfort zone to learn something new.
We have hosted a few different students over the past couple of years. We have learned that it is important to speak correctly to someone learning a different language. We have so much slang in our English language that is confusing to others. We have learned about different cultures and even cleared up some misconceptions about Americans.
Hosting foreign language students has given us a chance to see our area in a brand new light. We have felt more motivated to try new things and to really enjoy our surroundings. We work hard to give the students as many opportunities to see and do the things that our area has to offer in their short time here and by doing that we have grown to love the students and it is always hard to say goodbye. We still correspond with them occasionally and hope they will visit us again someday.
-Laura Del Rosario family (Orange County, CA)