Homestay Host Families

Every year, we bring dozens of international participants to Missoula for educational and cultural exchange programs. Host families provide these visitors with a unique Montana experience and integrate them into American family life and culture.

Homestay lengths vary based on program. Homestays are a time for participants to experience community hospitality and cultural immersion. Host families share the things they love about Montana with their international visitors.

There is no obligation to engage in specific activities during the homestay. This is an opportunity for participants to experience regular life with an American family, and for Montana families to build connections with people from around the world.

Upcoming Host Family Opportunities

Natural Resource Management

Homestay dates: April 3-5, 2020

University students from Southeast Asia studying global environmental issues and natural resource management. Part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Professional Fellows Program

Homestay dates: April 28-May 23, 2020 22, 2020

Young professionals aged 25-35 years from Southeast Asia. Part of the Professional Fellows program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Secondary Educators

Homestay dates: June 12-14, 2020

Secondary educators from around the world studying American culture. Part of the SUSI for Educators program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Workforce Development

Homestay dates: July 17-19, 2020

Workforce development professionals from around the world studying US economy and industry. Part of the SUSI for Scholars program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Tohoku University Students

Homestay dates: TBD September 2020

Japanese students from Tohoku University travel to the U.S. for two weeks to study U.S. culture.

Sports Diplomacy

Host experience: April 2021 (specific dates TBD)

Students and professionals build cross-cultural connections through sports. Part of the Sports Diplomacy Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, contact the Mansfield Center at mansfield.center@umontana.edu or call (406) 243-2988.