International Student Services

Division of Student Life

Host Family Program

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Reed’s Host Family Program is a non-residential friendship program.

This cooperative effort between the Office of International Student Services and volunteers in the local community seeks to bring together international students and scholars with local families who will befriend them, introduce them to the local community, support their experience at Reed, and enjoy the opportunity for cultural exchange.

Watch our Host Family Program Video

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, visit our FAQ page, or contact us.

Application Form

Thank you for your interest in joining our Host Family Program! Our applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now open. Our priority deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is May 1.

2020-21 Host Family Program Application

Please complete the application at the link above by May 1 for priority consideration. Applications received after this date may be added to our waiting list. Thank you! Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your interest in and support of our program!