International Programs Office

Become a Homestay Family


COVID 19 UPDATE March 2021  – As John Abbott College resumes certain activities essential to the operation of the college, the worldwide pandemic remains unstable. This being said, we are currently in discussions with regards to resuming the Academic Immersion Program to International students, start date to be determined.  Please refer back to this page for continued updates. 


Please be advised that all onboarding for the homestay family is on temporary halt. We will reach out to new inquiries in the near future.
*Updated October 2019

A homestay family provides international students with a first-hand experience of Canadian life and it is the best place to practice English or French. Our definition of a homestay “family” is flexible and our host families mirror multicultural Canadian society. All of our homestay families are interviewed and selected with care and consideration for our students’ well-being.

Families are expected to provide international students with a furnished bedroom, three meals a day (plus snacks), and a welcoming environment in which the student can integrate to experience a true Canadian culture.

If you would like more information about our homestay program send us an email.

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