Become a homestay family

Becoming a homestay family is a rewarding experience. You can provide a safe and comfortable living environment for a high school student from overseas and learn about their country and culture. Many families have formed lifelong friendships with their homestay students.

Become a homestay family - Expression of Interest (EOI)

Benefits of being a host family

  • Encounter and learn about a new culture
  • Open up new perspectives for you and your family
  • Have a special family member from another country of the world
  • Build ongoing international friendships
  • Host short-term or long-term stays
  • Receive weekly payments

“My homestay family is very nice to me and they just treat me as their family.”

Dove, International Student

“Our students come in as a friend and leave as part of our family.”

Samantha, Host Parent


Key requirements to become a homestay family are:

  • a safe, friendly and comfortable home
  • a separate and furnished bedroom with bed, desk, wardrobe, window and internet
  • English-speaking environment
  • ability to support a young person’s educational and wellbeing needs
  • willingness to include an international student in your daily family activities.

More detailed information about requirements is available in the homestay requirements fact sheet.

Program options for homestay families


International Student Program

Study Abroad Program

Study Tours Program


Students study in NSW for more than one year (long term study)

Students study in NSW for one term, or up to a year (short-term study)

Students or adults visit NSW in a group to visit NSW government schools/ departmental facilities.

Length of stay

Long term, usually one year or more

10 weeks to one year

Short term, from 3 days up to 10 weeks

Age of students

Years 9 to 12

Years 10 to 12

Primary/secondary students, adults

How to register?

Please contact one of our homestay providers, as listed below, to register as a homestay family.


Auzzie Families Homestay Care Pty Ltd

OZ Homestay (Study Tours not available)


(+612) 8328 8499

(+612) 9325 6988



If you prefer to receive a call from a homestay provider instead, please provide permission for us to share your details (name, suburb and phone number) with them.

If you have any questions about DE International’s programs or the process to register as a homestay family, please email us via