Homestay Application



To apply to participate as a student in the Homestay Program please complete the  Homestay student profile 2019-2020.pdf and submit to along with the signed Letter of Agreement.

Application Deadline for Spring 2020 is Friday, November 29, 2019.

The designated Move-in and Move-out dates are assigned by the Homestay Program. These dates correspond to the English Language and Academic Program Calendars. If you are planning to arrive to Nanaimo outside the listed move-in dates, please email

Below are the Move-in dates for 2019-2020


 APPLICATION CHECKLIST: Send the following to
  • Completed Student Profile 
  • Signed Letter of Agreement 
  • Signature of Parents/Guardians if under 19 years old 
  • Homestay Fee Payment 
  • Student Arrival Information
 Students will receive Host Family information no earlier than three weeks (15 business days) before the Move-in Date.

The Homestay Student Profile should be completed by the student, and submitted to the Homestay Office no later than 6 weeks before the student's arrival to VIU or by the required deadline, applications processed after the deadline will be assessed an administrative fee. Please complete this application as honestly as possible; the information provided by the student will assist the Homestay office to make the best match possible with a host family. It is very important that the student's email is clearly written on the profile, as well as the agent's contact information, if applicable. Host families and students are to communicate with each other before the student arrives in Nanaimo.

It is strongly recommended that the Homestay profiles and all applicable fees (Application Fee and Deposit) are submitted to the VIU Homestay office no later than 6 weeks before the student expects to arrive in Canada. This will allow the Homestay office time to make the best possible match between the student and host family. Applications received after the deadline will be assessed an administrative fee, Please note that placement in a Homestay is not guaranteed.

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