Program Highlights

Homestay accommodation is available for international students through the International Student Program office.

Highlights of the program

In order to be successful in school, it is important that students have a stable, caring and comfortable home life.
The goal of the homestay program therefore is to provide students with a home-away-from home by placing them with families who:

  • provide a friendly, nurturing and supportive environment
  • encourage and take an interest in the student's life and school work
  • enjoy sharing their lifestyle and culture with others
Homestay Family Homestay Family

Each of our host families is visited and interviewed by the homestay coordinator and undergoes a background check. The homestay coordinator monitors students throughout their stay and provides support to both students and host families.

Benefits of Homestay

  • An excellent way for international students to learn about the customs and culture of Canada
  • Provides a great environment for students trying to improve their English
  • Students are placed in a safe, secure and stable home
  • Students will have a private bedroom
  • Three meals per day provided to student

Please note:

  1. All international students in the International Student Program must live with a family while they are attending school in Ottawa. They may not live on their own.
  2. Homestay is not available for students in the elementary program (Grade 1 to 7)

Homestay application form

For more information, please contact Brenda St. Jean, Executive Relationship Manager of Canada Homestay Network, the homestay provider of the Ottawa International Student Program.

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