Living with a host family is the best way for you to plunge into native-speaking environment of that language you wish to learn. There is no better way to experience say the British or French way of life rather than living like a native. By living with native speakers, you will completely soak up the culture and traditions without even stepping out of the house.
We only work with host families that are selected and verified by our university/school partners and have experience of hosting international students. All family members are native language speakers and will not speak to students their native language. This in fact makes a homestay living option to be one of the most effective in terms of language learning, as students are left with no option, but speaking a foreign language. Homestay option can have a small disadvantage compared to University accommodations, as students should be prepared to commute to school/university. We always try to locate our students as close as possible to the university, so in average it normally takes about 15-30 minutes for a student to get to the class.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner will be provided every day from Monday to Saturday.
Room Type: Double and Single occupancy rooms are available, but not guaranteed.
Bathroom: Shared between family members (normally 2-3 people).
Internet and Wi-Fi: are provided.
*Host families usually host 1-3 students at a time.
If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.
No, as this is the best way for you to learn French. But, don’t worry, as your host family has an experience of hosting international students they will help you with any language difficulties. You will be amazed at how quickly you will improve!
This depends on the program you chose; some programs offer single housing options, some not.
SS will provide you with a detailed pre-departure plan 1 month prior to your departure, describing exactly what to bring and what not to bring, so don’t worry.
Delicious traditional French food will be offered to our students at host families. However, if you have any food allergies or specific diet restrictions, please inform SSE team and we will notify the host family prior to your arrival.
Yes, we will require you to pay a Damage Deposit prior to your accommodation booking. The Deposit will be refunded to you by end of the program. Please, be aware the deposit will be returned in full amount only if nothing is damaged or disappeared, if any damages exist the repayment cost will be deducted from the deposit and you will receive only the remaining amount.