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Holiday Host Family FAQs

How are Thanksgiving holiday hosts matched with ONU student guests?
Hosts and students are matched on a rolling first-come first-serve basis.  Matches are also based on the information provided on the Host and Student Application Forms.

Can I host more than one student? Or join with another family to host together?
Absolutely! On the application it asks how many students you might be willing to accommodate. And if you'd like to join with another family and organize a shared event, that would be fantastic. 

How will I know if I am hosting a student guest this Thanksgiving?
After submitting the online Application Form, you will receive an email with the names and contact information for your students.  The deadline to sign-up is November 16th and if you sign up earlier, you will receive notification earlier. ONU International Services will notify hosts in plenty of time so you can make your Thanksgiving arrangements.  Please know that submitting the Application Form does not guarantee you a student guest.  Matches are made depending on the number of participants who sign up each year.

What is the commitment as a Thanksgiving holiday host?
The host commitment is for the Thanksgiving holiday break only. Hosts are not expected to continue hosting their student guest throughout the year. However it is our hope that both you and your student guest so enjoy your time together that you will continue to stay in communication with each other.

What are my expectations as a Thanksgiving holiday host?
By signing up for the program as a host, International Services asks you to welcome the student guests to your home and share with them your normal Thanksgiving traditions.  It is expected that hosts contact their student guests via email or telephone to make plans and arrangements for the Thanksgiving event(s).  Student guests are also expected to connect with their hosts.  Student guests are usually very flexible about dates and timing.

International Services is not available to provide transportation for student guests.
International Services is not responsible for assisting with making plans and arrangements between hosts and student guests.

Are hosts expected to house their Thanksgiving holiday student guest overnight?
At no point are hosts expected to provide overnight housing for the student guests.  However, if hosts are able and willing to provide overnight housing during Thanksgiving holiday celebrations, that is a matter for the host and student guest to arrange.

Is it appropriate to bring my student guest to my friend's or family member's Thanksgiving celebration instead of my own?
Yes, if your friend or family member is willing to accommodate your guest, it is absolutely appropriate!  Hosts have done this in the past and the students really enjoy it.

I am not able to provide transportation for my Thanksgiving holiday student guest but would still like to be a host, is this possible?

Yes.  While not required, many hosts offer to provide transportation for their student guest to and from their home.  For hosts who are not able to provide transportation for their student guest, International Services will do its best to match them with students who have their own cars.  Also, students might be able to carpool or drop each other off at different locations.

If your question wasn't answered, contact the International Services Coordinator at or 419-772-1966

[FAQs adopted from UC San Diego's Holiday Hosting program]