FAQ

Before Departure

  • QWhat should I prepare before departure?

    A

    Prepare your phone!
    We recommend downloading the following apps:

    • Uber: transportation app used for dispatch request for private taxis
    • WhatsApp: communication app convenient for messaging fellow students and new friends
    • Google Maps: useful for finding your way around and public transportation timetables
  • QHow much cash should I bring?

    A

    If you have a credit card, about $200 per month should be sufficient.
    It is not common to carry much cash in American society. (It is even common to pay for smaller items like a single bottle of water with a credit/ cash card.)

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During Your Stay

  • QWhat if I can’t understand my host family?

    A

    Just be sure to actively listen and stay positive.
    It is common to encounter some miscommunication due to language and cultural barriers. However, host families are carefully selected because they enjoy hosting international students. Should any troubles arise, do not be afraid to address your concerns with family members. It is advised to get to know the family dynamics.
    We also recommend you use an app like Google Translate in the case that you are really having trouble expressing what you want to say. You can also always address your concerns with IH staff as well.

  • QWhat are the homestay rules?

    A

    Rules will vary depending on the family.
    Be sure to ask about the house rules your first day, remembering that you are a guest in someone else’s home. House rules may include (but are not limited to): laundry procedures, appliance usage, inviting friends over, scheduled meal times, and the like. Of course, if there is anything you cannot understand, do not hesitate to ask questions to clarify.

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