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Choosing the right living arrangement is an important part of your study abroad program. Living in a carefully selected host family, or in a boarding residence, will provide very different experiences, so it is important that you make the right decision for you.
These summaries will help you to understand the differences between homestay and boarding, and to decide which is right for you.
THE HOST FAMILY OPTION
Our host family service provides a typical family living environment for the country you are studying in. We guarantee that all of our host families will provide you with a good standard of living and your own private bedroom, you will also have space within the home to study in a suitable environment.
We carefully select families who will provide a warm, friendly environment and who are keen to host international students. You will be treated as a member of the family, and as such you will be invited on family outings and events, and you will be expected to interact and function as a member of the family, even if this means doing the occasional household chore!
The modern day family comes in a variety of forms, so we do not make any guarantees on the structure of the family that you will live with, but we do promise that they will provide you with the support that you need, and that their first language will be English.
THE BOARDING OPTION
If you choose a boarding school program you will be living in a residence, on the school campus. Depending on your age and the school you attend, it is highly likely that you will be sharing your living space with between 1 and 6 other students. Naturally this means that you will not get as much privacy as a homestay student, which can take some getting used to if you have not been a boarding student in your home country.
Boarding students have a high degree of structure to their day and they will always be busy with school work, sports or arts-based activities or social time. This busy, sociable schedule means that often the more outgoing students tend to prefer the boarding school lifestyle. If you enjoy sports and activities then you will probably thrive in the boarding environment, if you prefer your own space and time to yourself, perhaps a homestay option is the right choice for you.