Homestay, a Home away from Home!

Homestay is a program designed to promote friendship, language learning and provide opportunities for cultural exchange between Canadians and international students who attend Vancouver Island University or the High School at VIU. Local residents open their homes to students, so they may experience friendship across cultures. Many life-long friendships have developed from these homestay experiences. In fact, many host families have traveled to their students' countries for weddings and visits.



Learn more about becoming a Host Family for a VIU High School or University student.

Future Host Families

Learn more about living in a Canadian Homestay. Apply online today!

Future Homestay Students

Resource materials and information for current VIU Host Families. Download forms, host manuals, and details on emergency procedures.

Current Homestay Families

Resources and information for current Homestay Students. Download forms, handbooks, and complete Homestay homework.

Current Homestay Students
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