Host Family Program

Host Family Program

What Is It?

The host family program at UW-Whitewater is a non-live in situation designed to promote cross-cultural understanding by fostering interaction between Whitewater area residents and UW-Whitewater international students. Host families benefit from these friendships by learning more about the ways of life in other lands. The students benefit because they are assisted in their transition to living in the United States.

Prospective Host Families

People interested in becoming a host family should contact the International Education and Programs Office and attend the Host Family Dinner. At the beginning of each semester the families have a Potluck Dinner which gives families an opportunity to meet new students. The Coordinator of the program will match a student with each family in time for the dinner. Contact information will be provided to the families and students at the dinner. Apply to be a host family.

Prospective International Students

Students interested in having a host family should complete a Host Family Program form provided in the arrival packet and hand it in during International Student Orientation. The program coordinator will inform all students of their host family assignments at the Potluck Dinner at the beginning of each semester. Apply to participate as a student in the host family program

What Is Expected?

After receiving their student's information, the host families take the initiative to contact their assigned students. Families should invite their assigned student(s) to their home for dinner or lunch and on special holidays. Once in a while if the student needs a ride the host family may offer to take the student for shopping.

What Is Not Expected?

Host families are not expected to support the students financially or to board them at their homes.

Host Family Handbook

Click here to download the Host Family Handbook.


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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
809 West Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190

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