The homestay program is a short-term, cultural exchange program which provides new international students and visiting scholars with a safe place to stay before they are able to move into their permanent housing, and to help them take care of some basic necessities like banking, transportation, phone service, etc. Many hosts also take the opportunity to show students and scholars around Eugene and other places in Oregon.
Winter Term 2020
Homestay Program: December 29 – January 4
Spring Term 2020
Homestay Dates: March 22 – 28
Fall Term 2020
The following information pertains to fall term only.
Homestay Start Date: September 13th
Homestay End Date: Depends on student’s move-in date for their permanent housing (see important information below regarding move-in dates for ON- and OFF- campus housing)
For Students Planning to Live OFF-Campus
Move-in dates will vary. Students should begin searching for off-campus housing in advance of their arrival to the U.S. FFIS hosts are not expected to help students find permanent housing; this is the responsibility of the student. Some students are able to secure off-campus housing prior to arrival, but most must wait until they arrive in Eugene to finalize an apartment or house with a rental agency or landlord. FFIS hosts should communicate early on with their student about a realistic move-out date so there is no confusion or resentment if a student needs to stay longer than one week. FFIS hosts may offer to host a student for a longer period of time, but it is our experience this works best when there is open communication and move-out discussed up front.
For Students Planning to Live ON-Campus
Fall move-in dates vary. The official on-campus move-in date is September 27th. However, international students may request early move-in starting September 19th which coincides with the start of International Student Orientation (ISO). This earliest move-in date means that many host families will only need to host students for 2 nights.
The staff in charge of ISO and the FFIS homestay program strongly recommend students request early move-in for September 19th, but we cannot make it mandatory. Student can choose to move-in any day between September 19th – 26th. UO Housing charges extra for early move-in days between September 19th and 26th, which ranges from $50-96 per day. Most students will request early-move in for September 19th, but some may choose a different early move-in date or wait until the official move-in date of September 27th.
Students will be instructed to submit an online request for early move-in by completing the “Change in Arrival” form in the UO Housing portal after they receive their room assignment. Please communicate early on with your student about their move-in date.
International Student Orientation (ISO)
ISO is mandatory for new international students and runs from September 19th – 24th. Following ISO, “Week of Welcome” begins for all new UO students from September 25th – 30th. Classes begin October 1st.
Host Family Orientation for the Fall Homestay
FFIS will hold an orientation for FFIS hosts near the end of August or early September. The orientation will cover expectations, hosting tips, insurance and a review of the International Student Orientation Schedule.
Summary of Important Dates 2019-2020
|Term Start||ISO||Early Campus Move-in Dates||Official Campus Move-in Date||Classes Start||Homestay Start Date|
|Fall 2019||Sept 19-24||Sept 19-26||Sept 27||Oct 1||Sept 17|
|Winter 2020||Jan 2-3||N/A||Jan 4||Jan 6||Dec 31|
|Spring 2020||Mar 26-27||N/A||Mar 28||Mar 30||Mar 24|
|Summer 2020||No homestay program|