Information for Host Families

We send our warmest thanks to our Host Families for volunteering their time, their homes, and their hearts to help International Place and Community Friends of International Students welcome new students to The Claremont Colleges.

Immigration regulations, financial concerns and cultural adjustment make the journey to this country a tremendous challenge for students from around the world. CFIS Host Families play a critical role in welcoming these new students to the United States and to Claremont.

Become a New Host Family!

If you would like to learn more about the host family program or become a new host family, please see the Tips and Expectations for Host Families link below and complete our New Host Family Information form. After submitting the form, one of our Community Friends volunteers will contact you.

Current Host Family Information – Fall 2017

Below are the arrival dates for new international graduate and exchange students for Fall 2017.

  • Keck Graduate Institute:
    • Sunday, August 13 arrival; move out no later than Friday, August 18.
    • Note: KGI graduate students must search for and secure their own housing. The homestay program is for no more than 5 nights.
  • Claremont Graduate University:
    • Saturday, August 19 arrival; move out no later than Thursday, August 24.
    • Note: CGU graduate students must search for and secure their own housing. The homestay program is for no more than 5 nights
  • Pitzer College:
    • Saturday, August 19 arrival; move out no later than Thursday, August 24.
    • Note: Dorm move-in date for Pitzer College Exchange Students is Thursday, August 24.


To let us know whether or not you are able to host this year, please complete our Current Host Family Information form.

Tips and Expectation for Host Families

General expectations for CFIS Host Families:

  • We request that hosts be prepared to provide at least bed and breakfast.
  • We request that host families arrange to drop their student off at International Place in the morning during New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO), and then pick them up from the same location at the end of the day.
  • For undergraduate exchange students moving into the residence halls, we request that host families assist their student(s) on move-in day.
  • We request that host families do not:
    • Loan their student money or make purchases on their student’s behalf
    • Allow their student to make direct long distance phone calls (students may need assistance using a calling card properly – calling cards are available at International Place as well as any number of local stores)


Click here for a full list of tips and expectations for CFIS Host Families.

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Tips and Expectations for CFIS Host Families