A big motivation for studying abroad is to immerse yourself in the culture. There is no better way to achieve that than living with an American host family. Host families are carefully chosen for security, comfort, and friendliness.

International Host Family

Host parents are dedicated to supporting international students as they adjust to a new culture, a second language, and an unfamiliar school.


International Host Family

Host parents develop close relationships with international students, developing friendships that last a lifetime.

Host Family

Host parents are carefully selected to provide a safe, stable and supportive home away from home.



8th grade Graduation

Host parents commit to working with school faculty to ensure their student is both academically successful and involved in the school community by participating in social and athletic events.


The Ward family

Having an international student at the time we did was nice because two of our children had left for college leaving our third as an only child. We were always used to a busy, crazy household, and it was getting a bit too quiet with only one child at home! Having the opportunity to offer our home to another student from a foreign country was great for all of us! The exchange of ideas and cultures was fun. I would highly recommend this experience to any family at Elgin Academy Margie Ward - Host parent to Yue “Fred” Zhao ‘15

The Martin Family

Leila has become a member of our family. My husband and I have truly enjoyed “parenting” her for the last three years. It has been exciting to watch her grow as a student and mature into young adulthood. I have witnessed Leila’s dedication to her studies, and it is wonderful to see her effort yield positive results! In the fall, she is off to the University of Washington to study computer science. I am very humbled to have had the opportunity to help her realize her dream of going to college in the U.S. Other highlights of my time with Leila include helping her discover her talent for baking and watching her develop into a decent field hockey player. Leila has enriched our lives and greatly improved the quality of life for Max, our cat who clearly loves her the best!Lynn Martin – Host parent to Muwen “Leila” Li ‘17

The Moore's

We are so happy to have Roger be a part of our family. We have two upper school students here at EA, so adding a third was an easy transition. It has been interesting to see how Roger has impacted our family in a positive way. My children spend more time with each other and our family does more activities together. We enjoy sharing out culture and traditions with an international student and it is fun to learn about China from Roger. He is a wonderful addition to our household and I would recommend hosting to anyone. It is a very rewarding experienceTanya Moore - Host Parent to Tiyani "Roger" Chu '19