Due to the increasing popularity of our Discover France: Paris
Semester program, we’ve added a homestay option
for all SPRING semester participants who have completed 2
or more semesters of college level French. Through Host Families in Paris eligible students can
pursue the homestay option, allowing more students the opportunity
to experience “The City of Light!”
With a homestay, accommodation is arranged with host families
who are carefully chosen for their integrity and the quality of
accommodation which they provide. What a great way to
experience French culture, life, language, and cooking!
To learn more about the homestay option or to take part in the
homestay option, please contact our office, as well as see
below for additional eligibility requirements.
Accommodations are provided in family apartments (or occasionally
individual houses) that are reasonably spacious and have a single
or double room furnished with a desk and storage space. The
bathroom and the kitchen are typically shared, common living
spaces. In addition to this, students can expect to receive dinner
through their host families from Monday through Thursday, and
breakfast from Monday through Friday.
Metro tickets will be provided for students traveling to and
from campus during the first week of the program. In the weeks and
months that follow, students will then be responsible for
purchasing their own Metro Tickets for travel to and from their
The Host Families
The host families live in Paris and have subscribed
to become a member of the “Host Families in Paris” network. They
were carefully selected because they have good-sized family
housing, with at least one room reserved for hosting students. They
also adhere to our homestay partner’s Quality
Charter, which defines the basic principles of quality
hosting: reciprocal tolerance and mutual respect.
The Host Families in Paris has a screening process that
includes meeting, selecting, and visiting the families. During the
“matching” process (i.e., when they pair students and families),
Host Families in Paris takes into consideration the following:
languages spoken, special diets, the family's life rhythm to be
compared to yours, etc. For each home stay, they carefully
select the most appropriate family for you. In the unlikely
event that your family does not suit you, they will work with you
to resolve differences or, in extreme cases, find an alternative
Interested in a
homestay? Be sure to contact the Office of Global Studies no
later than October 15th to be considered
for the homestay option.
Requirements: Students must be a participant
in the Discover France: Paris Semester program and have completed 2
semesters of college level French.
*Please keep in mind that all students
must schedule an appointment with our office prior to
committing to the program. During the meeting, we will go over the
program details and you will be given the opportunity to ask
questions and voice any concerns you may have.
Spring 2014 Orientation
For more information on the placement and rules,
please visit to the Host
Families in Paris website. For details on the St. John’s
process—even if you want to brainstorm whether a homestay may be
right for you—feel free to contact us !