Bring the world into your home!
Become a Host Family
Niagara College’s Homestay program provides friendly and safe homes for its global learners that allows them to become immersed in Canadian culture while studying at Niagara College.
Niagara College welcomes global learners from 110+ countries to study at its campuses. Meet a student from another country by becoming a host.
Experience another part of the world without leaving the comfort of your home.
Local families provide support and assistance while students adapt to the lifestyle and demands of Canadian student life. Homestay is a fantastic way to be introduced to Canadian culture and the Niagara community.
As a host family, your role is to provide a warm welcome as well as a family environment where they can learn English language and culture, including more about our community.
Your home should be located on a consistent bus route 45 minutes or less for Welland Campus and 1 hour or less for NOTL campus or within a 10 minute walk.
We are always looking for great host families so please ‘apply’ to become a host and be placed on the waitlist. Register for the next Host Information Session we will email you when the next session is planned.
Thank you for your interest in hosting international students for Niagara College. Please note that we currently do not have any Host Information Sessions scheduled. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to follow up on your Host Family Application.
Helping International Students
For homestay families, new communication styles and cultures can be a challenge to get used to. It is very important to keep your sense of humour and persevere through any problems that might arise.
Things you can do to help each other:
- Students can often understand written English better than spoken English. Take the time to write things down to avoid confusion
- Draw pictures or use visual examples
- Ask the student if they understand and get them to repeat what they hear to clarify
- Don’t assume that when someone smiles or laughs that they understand you
- Be careful with your tone of voice. It can say a great deal. Avoid sarcasm
- Be careful with anecdotes that cannot literally be interpreted or are culturally understood
- Housing Issue Form
Ideas for helping ESL students practice English:
- Read the newspaper together
- Encourage your student to keep a list of words or phrases they hear during the day to talk about in the evening
- Have students place orders over the phone for food, tickets etc. Avoid doing the talking for them. Instead, play a supportive and encouraging role.
- Label items in the home to help them learn the names
- Take them shopping to learn the names of items in the store
- Offer to help your student with their homework, but don’t do it for them.