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. There is NO cost to students and visiting scholars to stay with a local homestay host!
Fall Term 2021
The FFIS short-term homestay program for new international students is available starting September 18 through September 23, depending on when students are able to move into their on-campus or off-campus housing.
For visiting scholars, because arrival dates are different for each scholar, an FFIS homestay host can offer a their home for 3-5 days until the scholar is able to move into their permanent housing.
Information About 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 may have to 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 a move-out date is discussed up front.
For Students Planning to Live ON-Campus
Fall move-in dates TBD. New international students register for housing as soon as they are admitted. The earlier students sign up, the more options they will have when selecting a room. Important Dates for 2021-22:
June 1: Last day to cancel housing registration and receive 100 percent refund of $350 initial housing payment
June: Roommate browsing and requests
July: Room selection for all students
July 31: Last day to make changes to your room selection, last day to file an exemption to the live-on requirement
September: Fall move-in dates TBD
September 27: First day of fall classes
International Student Orientation (ISO)
ISO is mandatory for new international students and will take place Monday and Tuesday, September 20 & 21, 2021. Following ISO, “Week of Welcome” begins for all new UO students from September 22-24. Classes begin September 27.
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 Fall 2021
September 18-23: Homestay Dates:
September 20-21: International Student Orientation
September 23: On-Campus Move-In
September 27: Classes Begin