uncw office of
international programs

We are located in:
118 Friday Annex

Our mailing address is:
Office of International Programs
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

You may also contact us by:
Phone: 910-962-3685
Fax: 910-962-4053
Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu

English Second Language Students sitting by UNCW Seahawk statue

Host Family Program

UNCW International Programs coordinates a 'friendship' program for international students and Wilmington community families. This is NOT a residential (live-in) program, but rather an opportunity for hosts and students to share their culture and friendship with one another. So that we can best match you, please choose your category below:

U.S. Families

Request an ESL student (a student who is learning English)

Being a Host Family to an ESL International Student is a great way to make international friendships and expand your horizons. Host Families meet with their student once every 2-3 weeks (this is not a Home-Stay program).

  • To become a host family for an ESL student, please complete the Application

Request an international exchange or international degree student

The ISSS Host Family Program matches interested international exchange and international degree students with families in the Wilmington community. The host family and the student normally meet once a month and participate in activities determined by the student and the family. Students do not live with host families, but rather socialize with them occasionally.

Host families range from young families with children to single, retired individuals. All host families desire to help international students feel at home. For more information on the Host Family Program, please view our brochure (PDF).

To learn more about the Host Family Program's goals, logistics and general tips, please view this video. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

International Student - Request a U.S. Host Family

If you are an international student who would like to connect with local Wilmington residents and can committ to meeting with your host family once a month, please complete the application to request a US Host Family

UNCW Host Family Program Video





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