The Short-Term Homestay program is a cultural exchange program of FFIS and not temporary housing. The purpose of the short-term homestay program is to welcome new international students and visiting scholars to our community by providing short-term hospitality, settling-in support and a safe place to stay before students and scholars move into their permanent housing. FFIS hosts are volunteers and are genuinely interested in learning about other cultures and sharing our American culture.
The short-term homestay program is free to newly admitted international students and scholars and runs before the start of fall, winter and spring terms. The average length of the homestay is 3-5 days, but it can extend to a week depending on the arrival and move-out date of the international student or scholar.
FFIS Host Responsibilities
• Pick up international student or scholar at the Eugene airport, bus or train station upon arrival
• Host international student or scholar from arrival date until they move into their permanent housing, up to one week.
• Introduce your international student or scholar to the Eugene-Springfield community including where to bank, where to shop for essential items, and how to use public transportation
• Engage with your international student or scholar so they feel welcomed, safe and supported
• Help get your international student to UO campus for the start of International Student Orientation
• Communicate with FFIS host prior to arrival to confirm arrival plans and keep them updated with any changes to your arrival
• Make every effort to move into your permanent housing as soon as possible, and no later than one week after arrival
• Engage with your FFIS host and share your culture and life story with them; show appreciation for their hospitality and kindness
Student/Scholar Short-Term Homestay Application
Frequently Asked Questions
For questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org