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Why Homestay might be right for you or your child

14th July 2017

A Homestay is a cultural exchange between an international student and a family in the host country. Students are provided an accommodation and support by families based in Cambridge in order for them to experience English culture while studying. Homestays are designed to support international students who come to Cambridge to improve their language skills and get a better understanding of our cultural differences and customs.

The environment

Studio Cambridge believes that a homestay program should provide international students with much more than a place to sleep and eat. Each homestay experience should provide an opportunity for the student and the host family to learn from each other, share interests, and establish a foundation for a successful stay in Cambridge. We believe that if the students are in a safe and comfortable environment it will lead to better academic results and overall experience. Homestay allows for the student to be within the confines a family unit, a familiar and secure feeling for most. Matsuko stated that “her host mother was so friendly, answered any and all questions and made her such nice meals!” Her comfort levels allowed her to relax and gave the ability to focus on her studies.

Another huge advantage of staying in a homestay is that it’s a great way for students to practice their pronunciation as our families will speak to them in English throughout their stay. “Best family ever! They spoke with me about all my activities and studies which were great practice. They were so friendly with us, I felt like I was a member of the family!”

Our homestay families:

All of our homestay families are carefully selected by our accommodations team and while each family is different, they share a genuine desire to welcome students into their homes and their lives. The UK has a rich history and is very proud of its cultural diversity. Our homestay providers are a reflection of our society and come from different backgrounds, age groups, and socioeconomic groups. Lina from Norway said of her host family “I was very happy about my accommodation! I've stayed with an Indian British family and it was excellent. They were very friendly and helpful throughout my stay. I felt like I was part of the family”.

Another bonus is how many our students make life-long friends with their host. Host mother Anne-Marie says “We have hosted students from April 2008. In that time, we have had over 200 students stay with us. Many are still friends with us on Facebook and we keep in close contact with many of them. We had one Brazilian girl stay and her parents came to visit over the Christmas holidays. We ended up having them stay with us and having Christmas dinner with them. Our aim is to one day go and meet up with some of the students we have looked after in their own countries.”

Our young learners are not the only ones who gain from this arrangement. One of our host parents states “My children enjoy having an elder brother or sister live with us and they learn a few words of their languages. We like to learn about their home life, cultural celebrations and lifestyles”.

So if you plan on studying with us and you believe Homestay might fit your needs please inquire and we will get you all the information you require. We do our best to match students with the right hosts so it is important to book early!

Contact us here if you are interested in learning more about our Homestay program.

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