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South Australian Government Schools

Government of South Australia Department of Education and Children's Services

Host an international student studying abroad in South Australia

Bring the World Home


South Australian Government Schools arrange homestay accommodation for international high school students while they are studying abroad in South Australia. We are always looking for families to host our international students.

You can choose to host a student for a period of time that best suits your family:

  • 1-4 terms (short term Study Abroad students) 
  • 1-5 years (longer term Graduate Program students)


What does it take to be a homestay?

What will your family learn by hosting a student?
You’ll care for them and we’ll care for you
Read about the experiences of some of our homestays!

What does it take to be a homestay?

There is no such thing as a typical homestay family. You can be single, a couple, family with kids, empty nester or retiree. Whoever you are, what's most important is that you are committed to the program and you will be good ambassadors for our State.

What will your family learn by hosting a student?

Every family gets something different from the experience. There is no doubt you will all learn a lot about a new culture, food, language, customs and traditions but you will also have the chance to:

  • participate in activities and meet other host families
  • be a tourist in your own town and State as you show them around
  • make lifelong friendships with your student and their family

You’ll care for them and we’ll care for you

When you host an international student, they will become a member of your family. Your student will be a long way from home and in your care so you will be expected to provide them with a safe, supportive and welcoming home environment.

As a homestay, you will be required to provide your student with:

  • a furnished bedroom inside the family home (not a separate dwelling)
  • all meals
  • use of utilities (i.e. water, electricity and gas)
  • internet access
  • use of facilities (e.g. access to TV, iron, vacuum cleaner, laundry)

You will also be expected to:

  • support your student in their studies
  • monitor your student's health and well-being
  • accept duty of care for your student outside of school hours

Looking after someone else’s son or daughter is a big responsibility but it is not one you will have to face alone. We will provide you with:

  • weekly allowance of $270 (single room)
  • an initial briefing session and homestay handbook
  • homestay newsletters
  • homestay workshops covering a variety of topics
  • invite to our annual homestay picnic for families and students
  • an exciting range of homestay activities and giveaways
  • ongoing support from our homestay accommodation team
  • access to our 24 hour emergency telephone service

What do some our students say about their homestay experience?




Read about the experiences of some of our homestay families!



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