Office of the Provost

Southern Utah University Global Collaboration's Homestay Program – Your home in the United States

Global Collaboration's Homestay Program provides International Students with the opportunity to live with an American family in Cedar City, Utah. The Program will provide you with a firsthand experience of American family life. You will also have daily opportunities to practice your English in a home setting and have a family experience. Your future homestay family is excited to welcome you into their home. Simply fill our our application and email it to us and we will contact you with more information.

With Homestay at Southern Utah University, you can expect to:


Be involved in the culture. Have experiences you never would have in campus housing


Get help improving your English and understanding assignments more clearly

Do better in classes - because you have better English! There will always be someone around to ask questions to.

Live a more diverse life – by deeply experiencing a unique culture on a personal level, and sharing your culture with others.

Adapt to your new environment more quickly – Your homestay family will show you around town, take you shopping, and give you an insider's view on things to do in Cedar City.

Be better qualified for a future job – because you have truly learned the language and culture of another country.

Have fun! – Our homestay hosts will become like a family to you. You will live, cook, play, and learn together. The best part is, when you arrive in the U.S., you will already have a home full of friends!


Interact with Americans and learn from their daily lives


Quickly learn about the community. Visit places you never would have found on your own


The families

Our HomeStay families are very diverse; ranging from retired couples, to young families with children. All HomeStay families are selected for their friendly, outgoing personalities, and go through a stringent screening and training process to ensure the safety of the students staying with them.

Become a Homestay Family

What's included

For less than the cost of a school dorm and meal plan, HomeStay includes:

  • Private or shared room. Easy access to a bathroom
  • 3 meals per day
  • Transportation to and from campus (if your HomeStay is not within walking distance)
  • Options to participate in the family's weekend and holiday activities
  • Access to a kitchen, laundry room, Internet – all the comforts of home.
  • Immersive cultural exposure – experience how people really live in the U.S.
  • Advanced English – learn colloquialisms, idioms, and conversational speech you won't get from any English textbook

How do I start?

Just fill out the homestay student application. When it has been processed, we will contact you.

Our program offers three price options:

  • 8 weeks – the length of one English as a Second Language session at SUU: $1,344
  • 18 weeks – one semester: $3,024
  • Short term - $30 per day

Homestay Placement fee: $150

For those already in the program, you can make your homestay payment online.