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International Education Programs

American Family Homestay

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American Family Homestay

Off-campus housing is available through IEP's Homestay Family Program. Every homestay family is carefully selected through a rigorous screening process. They also attend a comprehensive orientation session and are regularly evaluated by the students.

If you choose homestay, your homestay family will provide you with a room, three meals per day, and transportation to and from school during weekday classes and on weekends for IEP-sponsored activities.

You will have the opportunity to learn about and experience American culture first-hand, learn and practice your English outside the classroom and develop long-lasting friendships. Homestay is available year-round with short-term and long-term options. See costs below.


Homestay Family
  • Most inexpensive housing option.
  • Improve your English more quickly.
  • Family provides transportation to and from school.
  • Available year-round.
  • Experience American family life.
  • All meals provided.
  • May live a 10-15 minute drive from UCR.
  • May have limited food choices.
  • Must follow house guidelines.


Housing Cost

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Placement Fee   $200 $200
Room + Meals
Short-term (One to nine weeks)
Per person
Weekly rate $200* $225*
Daily rate $29* $33*
Room + Meals
Long-term (10 weeks or more)
Per person
Monthly rate $800* $900*
Daily rate $27* $30*
*Homestay fee includes a double-occupancy room, three meals per day, and transportation to and from school.
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Are you ready to learn more? Download the Homestay Student Handbook, which provides an overview of the program, benefits, rules, and other important information to help students have a successful homestay experience.

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92507-4596, USA
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