FIUTS Homestay & Friendship Programs
FIUTS is always in need of globally-minded volunteers to offer short-term homestays lasting from one weekend to three weeks. A homestay is a great way to make international connections and welcome a new visitor to our region!
Not able to host a homestay? There are lots of other ways that you can volunteer to support and engage with international visitors. See below for a full list of our programs.
Already a host? Fill out the Availability Survey to let us know when you can host this year.
Host a University of Washington international student for their first week in town: Through our unique "Welcome Week" homestay program, students of all levels (freshmen through PhD/visiting scholar) can apply to stay with a host for their first 7-10 days in Seattle prior to moving into the residence halls or off-campus housing. Students come from over 40 different countries. Learn more or apply to host!
Host a visiting young leader or teacher: International high school students (ages 15-17) and teachers visit Seattle to participate in Youth Leadership Programs, gaining the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their home communities. These programs last approximately 18 days, during which time participants stay with a local host. Learn more or apply to host one of these impressive visitors!
Host a student from China for just a weekend: Each summer, high school students and teachers from China join FIUTS for an English program. Students take classes and live in the residence halls on campus for two weeks, and spend one weekend in a homestay to experience local life and culture. If you're new to hosting, it's a great way to try it out! Learn more or apply to host a student or a teacher from China this summer!
NEW! Host a student from South Asia for just a weekend: FIUTS is offering a new short-term program for university students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Students take classes and live in the residence halls for five weeks and spend one weekend in a homestay to experience local life and culture. Learn more or apply to host a student from South Asia in July!
Host a visiting social entrepreneur: Each year, FIUTS partners with the Foster School of Business to offer one-week homestays for undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC). Participating students are competing for prizes to support initiatives that address problems of global poverty. Learn more or apply to host for this unique program!
Friendship Connections: For those who don’t have the extra space for a homestay, Friendship Connections are an excellent way to help international students at the University of Washington feel welcome in Seattle.
Thanksgiving Dinner: Host one or more University of Washington international students for Thanksgiving Dinner.
: Sharing your insight and professional expertise with a UW student interested in your career field is another way that you can make a difference.