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As a host friend, you will provide:

  • 3-4 day homestay
  • Comfort and support during students' first days in Eau Claire

After the homestay, hosts & students are asked to maintain monthly contact for the first semester the student is here.

UW-Eau Claire's host friend program is an excellent opportunity to be involved with the university atmosphere, learn about a new culture, and build life-long international friendships!

Listen to what Host Friends have to say about the program!


How Do I Become a Host Friend?

To join the host friend program, you must submit an online Host Profile. Once that has been received, the Community Outreach Coordinator will send you the Hosting Agreement form via email. The Community Outreach Coordinator will conduct a background check, phone interview, and two reference checks before admitting you to the Host Friend Program.


Host Friend Frequently Asked Questions:

For more information about the program, please read our "Host Frequently Asked Questions" here.



Upcoming Homestay Dates:

Spring 2018: Saturday, January 20- Monday, January 22 
(7:45 a.m. Drop Off at Residence Hall on Monday)


request-more-info-smallContact Us:

For more information about becoming a host to an international student, please contact the Center for International Education at or by calling 1-715-836-4411.

*Current UWEC students are not eligible to become a host friend.  However, there are plenty of opportunities for students to be involved with UW-Eau Claire's international student community