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First Weeker's Program provides a 'soft landing' for international UA students

First Weekers Short Term Home Stay Program provides a ‘soft landing’ for international UA students

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 globaltiesakron@gmail.com   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:





Recruiting Host Family’s!!!

If you are interested in hosting or being a First Weeker please contact Global Ties Akron at globaltiesakron@gmail.com or become-a-host-button1