What does it involve? You will live in a house or an apartment with a local family who will integrate you into their normal everyday routine. A host family might not be a family in the traditional sense; it could be a single person or a group of adults.
Normally you will have your meals with the family, enabling you to try local specialties. In most host families, it is not possible to use the kitchen to cook your own meals.
Host families are carefully selected and constantly evaluated by our partner schools. Our schools will endeavor to place you with a host family who meet your specific needs and they also aim to ensure that no two students with the same native language are housed in the same host family.
For safety reasons, this type of accommodation is normally obligatory for students below 18 years of age. You will receive detailed information about your host family around two weeks before the start of your trip.
Advantages: You will learn about the local culture, make new friends and gain a first-hand experience of what it is like to live in the country. You will also practice your language skills outside of the classroom, so you will make faster progress.
- In some countries host families can be diverse and from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
- Please keep in mind that you are travelling to a foreign country with its own culture. This means that habits like meals, working hours, free time activities, but also human interaction will probably be different from what you are used to at home. This is exciting, but you should also be aware that it is really important that you communicate with your host family if you have doubts or feel insecure.
- In large cities, host families may be a long way from the school. During your journey to school you will have the opportunity to get in touch with locals and practice your new language skills.
Student Residences/Boarding Houses
What does it involve? You will stay in a single room or in a dorm and share the communal areas (such as the kitchen and living room) with other language students or locals.
The facilities and bedrooms in a residence can vary between schools. Boarding houses are normally more of a family style set up. In general, the minimum age for this type of accommodation is 18 years old.
Advantages: A student residence enables you to be more independent while still providing you with some company outside the classroom. Due to the student atmosphere and the opportunity to live with other language students, residence accommodation is in high demand and we advise you to book well in advance.
What does it involve? In a shared apartment, students share an apartment with other students or locals, in which each occupies a single or double room. In many destinations, it is common for locals to rent several rooms in their private apartments and to also live there themselves. In contrast to the host family you are more independent in your time management and the common areas like the living room, kitchen etc. can be used by everyone. This accommodation is self-catering and can be booked by persons over 18 years of age.
Advantages: In a shared apartment there is usually a stronger sense of communal living than in a residence or hostel. Often friendships develop through communal activities.
What does it involve? These apartments are completely equipped, with a private bathroom and a kitchenette. In a studio apartment everything you need is in one space so it is perfect for individuals or couples. Facilities can vary from country to country; we can advise you about all the details of the accommodation you are interested in. The minimum age for private accommodation is always 18 years old.
Advantages: Staying in a private apartment enables you to be completely independent and have your own home in your host country, giving you all the space you need to learn and explore.
You can reserve a single room or a bed in a dorm and share the kitchen, communal areas and bathroom with other residents. The relaxed atmosphere in a hostel will enable you to enjoy exploring your destination, getting to know other people and taking part in group activities. Often is it not possible to book a hostel on our website but on request we can help you to organize your stay.
This type of accommodation is a good option for those who prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel. We would be delighted to assist you in booking a hotel that meets your requirements.