The University of Illinois Springfield Host Family Program is made up entirely of local volunteers motivated by an interest in removing barriers to international understanding.
International Student Services provides the names of newly arrived students who would like a local family with whom they can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community sports and cultural events and relax in easy conversation among friends to our Host Family Program Coordinator. The Coordinator, in turn, matches these students with interested local families. The families, in turn, gain insight and information about countries and cultures different from their own and have the pleasure of adding new members to their family circles.
You will be asked upon arrival if you would like to participate in this program. If so, you will complete a short application (pdf).