Homestay Program for Host Families

ECC’s International Student Homestay Program seeks host families who are genuinely interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually fulfilling way.

Application Process

  1. Read, complete, and sign the ISHP-Host-Family-Application-and-Picture-Form-fina for the ECC International Student Homestay Program.
  2. Read, complete, and sign the ISHP-Host-Family-Program-Information-Policies-and-Agreement. for Host Families for the ECC International Student Homestay Program.
  3. Submit a letter of introduction.
  4. Submit a copy of your homeowner's/renter’s insurance policy.
  5. Submit a copy of your automobile insurance policy and copies of valid driver’s licenses for all licensed drivers living in the host home (only required for hosts providing transportation).
  6. Submit your application by email to, by fax to 847-214-7785 or by mail to:
    • Elgin Community College
      Center for International Education and Programs
      1700 Spartan Drive
      Elgin, IL 60123
  7. Potential host families will be required to complete a background check immediately before a placement is anticipated to be made. Payment for the background check is made directly to the agency conducting the background check. ECC reimburses all hosts for the cost of the background checks. Background checks are required for every potential host parent and any adult over the age of 18 living in the host’s home, including children away at college who return home for vacations, holidays, etc.

The homestay application will only be processed once all above materials are received by the ECC Center for International Education and Programs. Host applications are accepted throughout the year. The ECC International Homestay Program does not guarantee a homestay placement.