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.

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns and staffing limitations, the Reed Host Family Program is currently paused. We look forward to resuming the program as soon as possible. Relevant program updates will be posted to this page.

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! Due to COVID-19 safety concerns and staffing limitations, the Reed Host Family Program is currently paused. We look forward to resuming the program as soon as possible. Although we are not currently recruiting host families, the 2020-2021 application will remain linked as an example of our application process.

2020-21 Host Family Program Application