Homestays can be one of the best housing options for international students.
Through our partnership with the OvECS Ltd. BIR students are
matched with Chicago-area families. Staying with a local family provides students with comfort, security, friendship, and cultural immersion.
In addition to a one-time $200 processing fee, a homestay for BIR students
costs $750 for each four weeks.
Yes, your host family will pick you up from the airport when you land in Chicago.
If you cannot come to the United States because you did not receive a visa OvECS will refund half of
your processing fee ($100).
Many hosts are expecting students to come by themselves and thus
might not have accomodations for more than one person. Families
can be placed together only if OvECS can find a host willing to take them in.
If a suitable host family cannot be found for your circumstances, OvECS will
fully refund your processing fee.