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Host an international student

TCC International Programs are always seeking qualified hosts who can provide a secure, healthy and enriching cultural experience for our international students. Hosts play an important role in the student experience and have a great impact on the international student opinion of the United States. Most importantly, hosts have the opportunity to show students what life is like with an American family.

Our hosts are a reflection of the people who live in the United States and therefore, we invite people of all ages and of all ethnic and economic backgrounds, whether they are single, in a relationship, married or unmarried and with or without children.

Short-Term Hosts

TCC often welcomes groups of students for shorter periods of time. Want to try out hosting without making a long-term commitment? Apply to host a student coming for a short-term program.

Upcoming Short-Term Programs: None

Apply to Host

Long-Term Hosts

TCC welcomes new students every quarter who are looking to spend at least their first 3-months in the United States with a host family. 

Student Nationality: Any

Review the Homestay Handbook

 Apply to Host

I've applied - What comes next?

1. International Programs will conduct a background and reference check. This takes place a few days following the submission of an application.

Background check: We complete a background check for every person in the home that is 18 or older.

Reference check: Priority is given to hosts who live within a 30-minute radius (by bus) from TCC's campus. Check the distance from your home to TCC by viewing the bus route at www.piercetransit.org

2. Attend a Host Orientation. Hosts will be invited to Host Orientation via email following completion of the background check. 

3. Arrange a Home Visit. Visits are completed 1-2 weeks following Orientation.

4. Match with a student. Matching takes place one month prior to the start of each new quarter.

Any additional questions?

International Programs
Tacoma Community College
Building 11, 2nd Floor
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Phone/Fax: 253-566-5190