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International Students Homestays

Homestays are a great way to learn more about the U.S. culture!  PSU does not offer homestays, but 2 local homestay providers that international students use are listed below:

Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students, FOCUS (a Christian organization) homestays are for Portland State University international students and scholars who wish to experience life in an American home. Students pay for a homestay (room and food) and will most likely need to commute from 30 to 60 minutes. A long term homestay may increase your contact with American culture and help you improve your English. Application for long-term stays should be made at least four weeks in advance. A short term homestay is often a good option when you first arrive in Portland and need time to look for permanent housing or are waiting to move into a dormitory. Application for short-term homestays should be made two weeks in advance.

ANDEO, a local non-profit organization, is offering homestays for international students attending PSU and other colleges in the Portland area. A homestay is great accommodation option for students who want to experience American culture as part of a local family and practice their English with native speakers right at home. You would make a commitment for one term. At the end of each term, you and your hosts can decide whether you want to extend your homestay. All homestays include a private room, all meals, high-speed internet access, and public transportation nearby. To find out more or to apply for a homestay, visit our website or contact ANDEO at or 503-274-1776.

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