Homestays

All participants live with Urdu speaking host families in India. The American Councils' host family program began in 1993 and has become a popular feature of the exchange experience, as it contributes to language acquisition and a deeper understanding of culture. The homestay offers a satisfying cultural experience and complements the academic portion of the program in a positive way.

All families are chosen using a careful selection process and monitored throughout the program by the local homestay coordinator and the resident director. Placements are made with consideration for student preferences and special requirements. In addition, best efforts are made to match students with families sharing their interests. Each location is checked for security, proximity to the university and transportation routes, safety, and overall living conditions.