Student Guidelines

Sault Ste. Marie families are generously sharing their homes with international students to help these new visitors adjust to their new life in Canada.

Through these placements, and in return, families have the opportunity to enrich their own lives by learning about new cultures and sharing valuable memories with their students. Each family participating in the AUHP is required to undergo a formal interview process, a Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC) which includes a Vulnerable Sector Check (every two years), as well as a thorough Homestay Inspection to ensure the safety of their home before a student is placed by the AUHP.

Your homestay family will want to share their Canadian culture with you. They will also want to learn about your home, your family, and your culture. Please remember that you will be a part of their family, which means that you will have to adjust to the way your homestay family lives and interacts with each other. This may also include having to participate in family outings or having to do your share of the household chores.

A successful homestay experience depends a lot on your attitude and willingness to try new things and your acceptance of cultural differences.

Need Help & Support?

Homestay Coordinator

705-949-2301, ext.4274


Who May Apply?
Important Notes
  • The AUHP is not intended for students going into their second year or for students who have experience living in Canada.
  • Inbound student exchange students (taking academic courses) are not eligible for the AUHP.
  • The Homestay Placement Fee is non-refundable. The first three months of the Homestay Fee is also non-refundable after a student is placed within the homestay program.
  • Students with a late application, visa copy, and/or payment may not receive homestay placement.
  • Students with completed applications will be placed in homestay on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
About the Homestay Hosts
  • All hosts are carefully selected and interviewed before joining our program.
  • The hosts must live within 40 minutes of Algoma University and be located on, or near, the local bus transit service.
  • Hosts have a keen interest in other cultures and have good English language skills.
  • Hosts may be single adults, families, or couples.
  • Canada is a multicultural country and our homestay program reflects this rich diversity.
About Living in Homestay
  • Students will have their own room, bed, bedding, dresser, desk, and bath towels.
  • Students have full use of the household, such as telephone, television, living room, and kitchen.
  • The host will provide food for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Breakfast and lunch materials are provided to be prepared by the student. Dinner is prepared and cooked by the host.
  • Students will be met at the airport when they arrive and oriented to their new environment.
  • Hosts will include their student day-to-day activities of the household as well as cultural activities of interest to the student and host.
  • Students are expected to do their own laundry and clean their bedroom and shared areas, including the bathroom and kitchen.
  • It usually takes about four months for a student to adjust to living in Canada. We ask the host and the student to make a four-month commitment to the placement. There are no refunds of homestay fees for the first three months after a student has moved into homestay.
  • Students must give one month’s notice before the end of the homestay term if they plan to leave the homestay arrangement.
  • Students who do not comply with homestay rules and policies may be asked to leave the homestay program and, in this case, are not entitled to any refund of homestay fees paid.
Student Application Form

Find out all you need to know to partake in our Homestay program

Family Guidelines

Find out all you need to know to become a host family

Family Application Form

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