About the First Weekers Short Term Homestay Program- a program for International Students and Scholars attending The University of Akron:
The First Weekers program is an opportunity for students and scholars to request a short term stay ( one week to two week stay) with a local host family. By pairing a host family with a student, it creates a softer landing and less culture shock and also helps the student establish themselves in the community.
Often the family and the student build a bond and they may do holiday celebrations or outings to engage the international student(s) in American culture. Also, it gives the student(s) a great way to practice their English!
When you arrive:
Once the student(s) arrive and are settled, we would like to have them stop by our offices for introductions.
There is a one-time administrative cost of $75 to be paid within 30 days of arrival and it can be paid in person, via mail or online via PayPal.
A student who has been accepted to the University of Akron can apply by completing the online form or downloading the PDF form and emailing back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Once the form is completed, we begin the ‘matchmaking’ of host families and student(s).
We require a minimum of 2 weeks notice for host family requests.
Complete form here: