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Host a Student from Japan

Upcoming Program Dates

Kobe Women's University
August 10-22, 2014

Kobe Shukugawa Gakuin University
Spring 2015

For more information contact the International Programs Office at 909-621-8308.

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience for your family? Becoming a host family to a foreign student offers unparalleled enrichment—the kind of cultural, emotional, and intellectual wealth that no amount of money could ever buy.

Pitzer College in Claremont invites you to share your home with a Japanese student from Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Kobe Women’s University or Kobe Shukugawa Gakuin University.

Students are participating in an academic program organized by Pitzer including classes, field trips, and activities. They spend evenings and weekends with their host families. Families are compensated.

What You Offer: You!

Little kids, big kids, no kids…our host families come in all shapes and sizes! Host families often become so fond of their students that they form lifelong friendships, even traveling to the exchange students’ home countries to visit and meet their families and to experience what their daily lives are like.

Who are the Host Families?

There are incredible personal rewards. Familiarization with the language and customs of another culture is a priceless gift that host families and their student share. Host families and their student will try new foods, learn about special holiday traditions, play new games, and learn about music, art, and crafts together.

Families with grown children or without kids of their own love hosting too. Having a Japanese student in your home provides a great way to stay involved with your community. Many people also find they start living life to the fullest with a new member of the family to share experiences with.

Host families are local families with spare bedrooms and a desire to meet students from Japan. Households have included families with school age children, working couples whose children are away at college, single career women, and retired couples.

Just by opening your home, you have the power to make every day extraordinary for you, your family, and a student from Japan.

Do you need more reasons? Here are just a few. Also find out about some of the common misconceptions people have about being a host, and host family responsibilities. There are also things you can do to make the experience a happy one for host families and students alike.

Who are the Host Students?

Most of the students we place with host families are Japanese and range in age from 19 to 22. They are here to participate in academic language programs organized by Pitzer College. They come from Tokyo Women’s Christian University and Kobe Shukugawa Gakuin University to learn English and American culture. They are at Pitzer College from three weeks to several months, depending on the program.

Volunteer host families welcome students into their homes and everything the family can do to make the student feel at home is appreciated. Here are some of the expectations for being a host family.

Read the information on our website. If this looks like an opportunity you would like to explore, please fill out our form or contact Todd Sasaki, International Programs Office, at 909-621-8308.