Host FAQ

St. Paul Preparatory School believes that having our international students live with a Host Family is the best way for them to learn about and experience a new country and way of life.

International students who attend St. Paul Prep live with Host Families during their stay. This provides the opportunity for total immersion into the culture and language of the United States. Below, you will find answers to the many questions you may have about hosting an international student.

My family would like to host a student. What should we do first?

Contact St. Paul Preparatory School to inquire about hosting opportunities in the Twin Cities area. Our office can put you in touch with someone who can assist you in the rest of the process.

  • Carol North at 651-288-4611 or via email
  • Megan Peterson at 651-288- 4600 x642 or via email

Do Host Families receive a stipend for hosting?

St. Paul Preparatory School Host Families are given a monthly stipend per student for hosting.

What do we have to provide the student in order to host?

Host Families provide students with room, board, and a warm family environment. We ask host families to provide three meals a day, including food to make a sack lunch if the student wants to take one to school. If the student chooses to buy lunch, that would be the student’s responsibility. Host Families are also expected to provide other amenities of home, such as laundry, a place to study, and the support of family members.

Does a student have to have his/her own room?

Students may share a room with another student or a Host Sibling. However, a student must have his/her own bed.

Can we host even if we don’t speak another language?

Yes. One of the main reasons students come to our school is to improve their English skills. Living with an English-speaking family is key. You might even enjoy learning bits of another language from your host student!

Do you have to be married or have children to host?

No. Host Families come in all sizes and situations: married, single, with children, and without. We don’t hold biases as to who would make a good Host Family. Whoever hosts must simply be committed to providing the student with a positive experience and must be approved by our Host Family screening process, including undergoing a background check for the student's safety. (Some placements do require special acceptance from the student and his/her Natural Parents. This would be handled by the Nacel Open Door office.)

How does insurance work for my student?

St. Paul Preparatory School students are covered by a major medical health insurance policy for the duration of their program.

Click here for more information about student medical insurance.

Can I opt out of having my information in the student directory?

Yes, you may opt out of having your information in the student directory. Please fill out the form accordingly and submit it via e-mail or drop it off. 

Your coordinator will be able to assist you in answering any further questions that you might have.

If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to call your coordinator or the St. Paul Preparatory School office at (651) 288-4606 for clarification.

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