ILI’s Homestay Program offers our F-1 visa students the opportunity to learn, first-hand, how Americans live and work. Often, the friendships which develop between students and their American host families last a lifetime. Homestay students live in comfortable houses in residential neighborhoods within normal commuting distance from ILI, MD. Each host family has been carefully selected and interviewed by the Homestay Coordinator.
All of our Homestay families live close to public transportation. A common commute door-to-door in the D.C. area can take between 30-75 minutes. If you arrive on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday before 9 pm), your host family may meet you at the airport and take you to their home. Otherwise, please arrange a time to meet your host family at their house.
Homestay includes a private bedroom, breakfast every day and dinner five days per week. To apply for Homestay, simply fill out the Homestay Application Form or download and print the PDF Homestay application. Please remember to be very specific and thorough. Your answers will help us to find the most compatible host family for you. A $150 placement fee and a deposit of one week of Homestay in the amount of $260 are due with the application. Without the payment of $410, the application cannot be processed.
Students are placed on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage students to apply as early as possible and at least two weeks in advance of the expected start date. Last minute applications are only considered if we have vacancies. If we are not able to place the student, a full refund will be given.
ILI offers students a variety of housing options through our partner 4stay. Participants can easily search online for a fully furnished private or shared room, apartment or entire house including all utilities. Your stay can be short-term, month-to-month, by semester or year. 4stay is like Airbnb for student housing.