American Family Homestay Application

Living with an American family will give you an opportunity to practice English and learn about American culture.


  • Your host "parent(s)" will greet you at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) when you arrive.
  • Your homestay family will provide a comfortable and safe environment for you during your stay in San Diego.
  • You will have a single-occupancy, furnished bedroom (linens and pillows provided), with access to a laundry facility and Wi-Fi.
  • You will also have two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) unless you request to cook your own meals.
  • Improve your English language knowledge outside of the classroom.


  • American families are very diverse (with/without children, single, widowed, elderly, young, and from a variety of ethnicities).
  • Host families usually host 1–3 international students at one time. These students are usually from different countries.
  • You must live with the rules and lifestyle set by the host family.
  • Public transportation via bus or trolley will be required.
  • Bathroom will be shared.
  • Most families have pets (dogs and/or cats) in the house.
  • We require each student to apply for at least one month of homestay.
  • Average travel time to school is 20 minutes via public transportation.

Homestay Fees

Homestay Application Fee


Fee subject to change — there is a $50 fee for late placements less than two weeks before arrival.

Rent (Private Room w/ Meals)


The rent fee is paid directly to the host families upon arrival and each month thereafter.


A homestay will be assigned to you based on availability, but please note that submission of an application does NOT guarantee that you will receive an ALI homestay. Since homestay space is limited, we ask that you please apply 2-4 months in advance of your homestay move-in date.

We have visited every ALI host family's home to inspect the condition of the house and to interview the family. Hosts are given an orientation covering all of the rules and goals of homestay, and students are invited to attend a housing orientation when they arrive to learn about ways to make their homestay experience happy and successful.