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FIUTS Homestay & Friendship Programs

Overview of homestay and friendship programs offered by FIUTS.


Bring the World to Your Doorsteps!


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, including Thanksgiving Dinner or Friendship Connection! See below for a full list of our programs.

Apply now to become a homestay host or Friendship Connection!

Already a host? Fill out the Availability Survey to let us know when you can host this year.

Contact with questions or sign ups!

Homestay Programs


Host a University of Washington international student for their first week in town (September, December, March of each year): 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 (Sign up today!)Learn more or apply to host!

Host a student from southern Africa for just a weekend (January 26-29, 2017): FIUTS produces a winter program for university-level students from Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Students take classes and live in the residence halls for five weeks and spend one weekend (three nights) in a homestay to experience local life and culture. Learn more or apply to host (Sign up today!)

wce1Host a high school student/teacher for just a weekend (July 2017): This summer, high school students and teachers from all over the world will join FIUTS for our Seattle Language Culture Institute (SCLI) summer camp. 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 this summer! (Closed)

Host a Youth Ambassador from the Caribbean for 10 days (August 2017): FIUTS will welcome a group of promising young leaders (ages 15-18) and teachers from several countries in the Caribbean. Hosts are needed from August 14-25. Learn more or apply to host! (Closed)

Friendship Programs


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 (Sign up today!)


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Thanksgiving Dinner: Host one or more University of Washington international students for Thanksgiving Dinner (Sign up today!)


world to workWorld to Work: Sharing your insight and professional expertise with a UW student interested in your career field is another way that you can make a difference.



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Explore the World at Beacon Hill International School Dec 08, 2016 02:20 PM - 03:20 PM — Beacon Hill International Elementary School
FIUTS Community Space Dec 08, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM — FIUTS Office (HUB 206)
English Conversation Group Dec 08, 2016 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM — HUB 332
Chinese Cultural Salon: A Reflection on the Dilemma of Modernizing Education for the Yi Ethnic Minority People in Liangshan Autonomous Region in Sichuan, Southwest China Dec 09, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — HUB 340
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