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Seattle Language & Culture Institute

Interested in offering a visiting student a glimpse of daily life in the U.S.  and the warmth of a local home for a weekend?

We invite you to host a student or teacher during this summer's Seattle Language Culture Institute!

Friday evening, July 28, through Sunday evening, July 30!

Hosts may be located anywhere in the greater Seattle area, up to one hour away from the University of Washington.

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Apply to host a Seattle Summer English Program student by filling out the FIUTS host application, and read on for more information. If you are already a FIUTS host, you do not need to fill out an application again - just contact Samantha to sign up to host.

Hosts offer 2- night homestays (Friday evening through Sunday evening) for students ages 13-17 or adult teachers who are visiting Seattle for an intensive 2-week English program. Since students/teachers live in the residence halls on the UW campus for most of the program, the one-weekend homestay is an important way for them to engage with local life and culture.

Hosting Dates

Hosts will pick up their students on the University of Washington campus on Friday evening between 5 and 6 and bring them to Woodland Park for a BBQ on Sunday evening at 5pm. If you are not able to pick up or drop off students, we can make alternative transportation arrangements if necessary.

About the Participants

High school participants are between 13-17 years old, both male and female, and speak at least intermediate English.

Adult participants are English teachers, school administrators, or chaperones who are accompanying students on the program.

Hosting Requirements

Students can share a room with a person of similar age and the same sex. Students should not sleep on the couch (air mattresses are fine). Hosts provide meals for their students when they are together.

Number of Students Per Household

Hosts are welcome (and encouraged!) to host more than one student. We have found that many hosts for this program prefer to host two students so that they can support one another during the homestay. If you'd like to host two students and need an extra sleeping space, FIUTS is able to loan hosts an air bed for the weekend.

Participant Schedule

The homestay weekend is an opportunity for students to visit a local family and see how they spend their time and how they live. We expect that you spend time with the students and get to know each other. However, this is not a tourism weekend, so hosts do not need to plan a big itinerary! Simple activities such as taking a walk around the neighborhood, baking cookies, going to the park or the grocery store, and visiting family are all great ways for students to participate in daily life in Seattle! If you are interested in taking your student sightseeing, FIUTS will provide information about what activities students are participating in during the program so hosts will not have to repeat anything students have already done.

About the Seattle Language Culture Institute

The Seattle Language Culture Institute (SLCI) brings middle and high school students from all over the world and from the United States to take part in a three-week global experience on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington.

American participants will take part in sessions focused on leadership, international awareness, and cross cultural topics, while international students will take English intensive classes. Then, the students will join for cultural and language activities in the classroom. Afternoon excursions will inspire sharing and cultural exchange while enjoying Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

Host Events and Activities

Hosts will be invited to a final farewell dinner and graduation ceremony for students at the close of the program, as well as the annual Community Barbecue and Host Appreciation Night in September.

Questions? Contact Manager of Community Programs Samantha Novak at or (206) 616-7025.

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