Host An Exchange Student

Host A FLAG Exchange Student


Since 1989, more than 2900 FLAG host families have welcomed international students into their homes! Over 60% of those students have later visited or been visited by their host family! 

Hosting an exchange student is the sharing of cultures between an international youngster and your family: customs, friendship, personalities, even the food and the holiday traditions - it's a growth and learning experience for all involved. The choice to open one’s home to an exchange student is a life changing experience not only for host parents but siblings as well. Please contact FLAG Central Office +1(800) 942-3524 (FLAG) or email at for general inquiries and information or feel free to complete our online host family application.

After the application is submitted, the host family will complete all required background checks and paperwork. From there, the family will contacted by a local FLAG Local Coordinator who will assist throughout the entire process to include reviewing student profiles and making a match. The Local Coordinator will also assist with the arrival, departure and and support of student and host family throughout the entire exchange experience.

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General Hosting FAQ's

All types of families are encouraged to host with FLAG, there is no “typical” host family - they come in all shapes and sizes. Even single parents are welcome. Each family is unique and provides the student with a genuine immersion experience.
A personally interviewed international high school student becomes a part of an American host family for one academic year (+-10 months) or semester (+- 5 months) while attending a local high school as a full time student. The student comes with their own spending money, round trip airplane ticket, and full medical insurance.
In a recent survey conducted by CSIET (Council on Standards for International and Educational Travel), host families across the U.S. indicated that their decision to host is largely based on the benefits the experience brings to themselves, their community, the students, and the world community. Hosting is an opportunity to introduce the world to family members who may not have had the opportunity to travel abroad but are keenly interested in learning more about the world around them. Hosting not only provides an unforgettable experience to the international students but also brings families closer together by actively sharing their own unique family customs and traditions. Silbings take an active part in showing the student “the American way of life”. Many host families have commented throughout the years that hosting was something that changed their own children’s lives forever.
Host families in the FLAGship program are not paid but are entitled to a tax deduction for each month they host.

Student may participate in a semester (5 month) or year (10 months) program. There is also an option for a shorter stay with FLAG’s specialized Short-Term Programs.

FLAG host families are asked to provide students three quality meals a day, a place to sleep and study, and a loving and supportive environment. There is no requirement for students to have their own bedroom

FLAG must receive authorization from the school before enrolling the exchange student. FLAG has worked with hundreds of schools and ensures that students are in compliance with school policies. FLAG Local Coordinators work together with the host family to enroll the exchange student and maintain contact with the school throughout the year.