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Host Family Program

The Host Family Program is an excellent way for new international students and families from the Stony Brook community to connect and foster a casual, social relationship. The purpose of a Host Family is to provide a warm welcome for international students that extends into the community beyond the scope of Stony Brook University. This is also a great opportunity for families to have an intercultural experience without leaving home!

The relationship a student and host family develops is ultimately up to them and can take a variety of forms. This could include family dinners, phone calls, attending cultural events, going to sporting events, visiting unique destinations on Long Island or in the city, and more. Many families and international students enjoy the mutually beneficial relationship that occurs through fun activities shared together.

It is our hope that host families and international students remain connected for at least the first year a student attends SBU; however, host families and students may continue to meet beyond the first year. Often times students and families maintain their friendship even past graduation.

We encourage families to meet with their student(s) at least twice a semester. However, we invite Host Families and international students to determine what works best for them. 

Due to the nature of the program, Host Families do NOT provide financial assistance or housing to international students. Aspects of a student’s well being should be directed to the appropriate university resource

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Apply for a Host Family
If you are an incoming international student and would like to be connected with a Host Family, apply by completing the Host Family Program application in accessVIS

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be at Stony Brook University for at least 1 full academic year

Apply to be a Host Family
If you would like to become a Host Family for a new international student, apply by completing the following google form-- click here 

  • Applicants will be matched with international students with consideration for information reflected in each application
  • Applicants can be individuals, couples, and/or families from the community

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