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Explore another world from home To live the American dream. To learn about other cultures. To speak another language. To try something adventurous. To make long lasting friendships.
The English Language and North American Culture Course Students enjoy a home away from home with a carefully selected host family, while they take structured English language and cultural courses. Students will learn from qualified instructors who use EF's own textbooks, designed to live up to the highest standards - our own. Daily lessons focus on building confidence in pronunciation and conversation skills through comprehension and vocabulary activities. Learning continues outside the classroom during field trips, group discussions and organized afternoon activities.
The Immersion Course Like the English Language and North American Culture Course, this program places students with our top-quality host families. Yet in the Immersion Course, students do not participate in structured classes or planned activities. They spend most of their time exploring the culture with their host families, quickly developing their English skills - and strong bonds with family members.
The International Course On our International Courses, students from several nations will be placed in families in the same geographical area and attend classes and activities together in a central location. Students will be improving their English through speaking constantly with other students from around the world whether sharing ideas in class, meeting for a game of soccer, or marveling at some of America's greatest landmarks. Program Offerings
Comprehensive Insurance EF EHP students are offered a comprehensive medical and travel insurance policy prior to their arrival in North America. This insurance policy ensures peace of mind for both the student and their family.
Exciting Excursions Students can elect to participate in EF's Extra Fun trips as part of their program. We organize exciting excursions to places of historical or cultural interest, such as a tour of San Francisco, an evening visit to the top of the Empire State building or a day at a local amusement park, to help students better understand North American life. These trips are offered at cost, based on student participation. Where do out students come from?
Students traveling with EF Educational Homestay Programs come from all around the world. Some of the countries our students come from include:
Argentina Austria Belgium Brazil Chile China Colombia Denmark FinlandFrance Germany Hong Kong Indonesia Italy Mexico Netherlands Norway PolandPortugal Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Turkey Venezuela Areas where we host
Traditionally, our host families have been located in the Pacific Northwest, California, the Great Lakes Region, Florida and the Northeast.