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Hello and thank you for your interest in hosting international students with Tacoma Community College (TCC)! 

Living with an international student is a wonderful experience! It is a great chance to learn about other ways of life and to view the U.S. from the perspective of someone from another culture. It is like traveling without ever leaving home!

Hosts play an important role in the lives of students new to the U.S. Hosts act as ambassadors in showing students what American family life is like and have great influence on what opinions international students form about the U.S. Hosts may be called upon to offer opinions on many issues related to daily life in the U.S. Most importantly, however, they provide a safe, warm, caring home atmosphere that enables the students to relax into a new culture and focus on gaining an education. Hosts play a grandparent role to their students – involved, there for advice, caring – but are not meant to act as parents. 

Our hosts are a reflection of the people who live in the U.S. Our hosts can be single people, couples (married or not) with or without children, of all ages and from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. If you are interested in hosting, please refer to the host application process on this webpage. We look forward to being in contact with you!

Apply now to become a host

*** We are currently accepting Host Application for Summer & Fall 2018 Matching. ***

  1. Please read the Homestay Handbook.
  2. Fill out the Long Term Host Application Form online.
    Deadline for Summer 2018 matching: May 10, 2018
    Deadline for Fall 2018 matching: July 1, 2018
  3. Wait for TCC to contact you.
    * Background check
    * Reference check
  4. Plan to attend Host Orientation.
    For Summer 2018 matching: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5pm
    For Fall 2018 matching: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 5pm [Note: the date was changed from July 9]
  5. Arrange home visit after orientation.
  6. Matching process will be happening

Future Schedule of Important Dates for Summer 2018:

  • New Students Arrival: Sun & Mon June 17 & 18, 2018
  • Orientation for New Students: Jun 19, 20 & 21, 2018
  • Start of Classes: Monday, June 25, 2018

* In the application form online, a host needs to submit JPEG file of your photo ID. We do a background of everybody that 18 or older who lives in your home.
* Please note that we give priority to hosts who live within 30 minutes by bus from the college. You can check the bus route from your home to TCC at www.piercetransit.org.

Special Short Term Program | IBC Denmark from Sat Sep 29 till Sun Oct 7, 2018

TCC will welcome 27 students from Internationao Business College in Denmark in Fall 2018. Interested in hosting a short term program (rather than a long term student)? Contact us or you can simply fill out the Short Term Program Host Application Form online.

IBC Host

Contact Information:

Email: international_housing@tacomacc.edu
Mail: Tacoma Community College - International Office
6501 S. 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466

Once we receive your information back, we process your application. We will contact you to set up a house visit after we processed your application. After the screening process has been completed, hosts wait for an appropriate student to be found.

If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact international_housing@tacomacc.edu.

Updated: July 10, 2018

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