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. 

VIU Homestay student and bedroom

Future Homestay Students

Learn more about living with a Canadian host family while you study at Vancouver Island University!

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VIU Homestay student at desk doing homework.

Current Homestay Students

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

Current Student Resources
VIU Homestay host with VIU students.

Future Host Families

Are you interested in being a host family for international students studying at VIU and welcoming them into your home and family?

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VIU Homestay host talking with VIU student.

Current Host Families

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

Current Homestay Family Resources
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