International Student Services

Division of Student Services

Host Family Program

Reed's Host Family Program is a non-residential friendship program.  It is a cooperative effort between the office of International Student Services and volunteers in the local community.  Our goal is to introduce international students and scholars to a local family who will befriend them, introduce them to the local community, support their student or scholar's experience at Reed, and enjoy the opportunity for cultural exchange.  

The term host family can be somewhat misleading. Reed's international students and language scholars live on campus and therefore there is no expectation that host families will provide room and board.

Host families provide a "home away from home" for students whose families are often very far away and often play an important part in helping international students adjust to Reed and the U.S.  The relationship begins when families and students and scholars communicate over the summer and coordinate welcoming their student or scholar to Portland by picking them up from the airport, bringing them to campus, and helping them settle into their residence halls.  During the school year, host families and students/scholars establish and define a relationship that works for both sides.  Most get together at least once per month.  ISS also organizes three structured on-campus events to bring international visitors and their host families together as a group.

The program is structured for students in their first year. Many families and students stay connected beyond the first year and throughout a student's time at Reed. However, there is no obligation for the host families after the first year.

If you are interested in learning more about Reed's Host Family Program, please review our Host Family Program brochure below, visit our FAQs page, or contact us. And take a look at pictures from past host family events: Bingo Night, International Orientation, Mardi Gras Event, Bowling Night, Halloween Event, and Valentine's Day Event.

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Click to view the Host Family brochure

Application Materials

If you would like to host an incoming student or a language scholar for the 2014-15 academic year, please complete the application form and return to Dana Lawson, Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services, at iss@reed.edu.