The options for your accommodations abroad will be detailed on the specific program webpage. Options may include host families, university residence halls, or a modestly priced hotel. Be realistic about your expectations. The information on the website will include a list of what is provided by the accommodations and what you are expected to bring or purchase. Participants in RSE programs may have to arrange individual accommodations with the assistance of the host institution’s exchange coordinator (information about this process will be provided to you by Study Abroad staff).
If you intend to arrive earlier or stay later than the program dates, you must arrange accommodations yourself and be prepared to cover those additional expenses. Arrangements for accommodations or logistics outside of the program dates are not the responsibility of Study Abroad, the Program Leader or the host program, institution, or family. You are expected to stay in the accommodation provided for the full length of the program. If circumstances require that you leave early, you must notify, in writing, the Program Leader, or on-site Program Leader and Study Abroad at least one week in advance of your departure; no refund will be given for early departures.
If you are dissatisfied with your accommodations, notify the Program Leader or host institution’s coordinator. If your lodging was arranged as part of your program, your situation will be evaluated and every attempt will be made to address and resolve any issue(s). If deemed appropriate, you may be reassigned during your program. However, you are only permitted to change your accommodations when it has been approved by the Program Leader(s). If you arranged your housing yourself, you will need to address your concerns with the housing administrator or owner.
Serious infractions or repeated offenses of the housing rules and regulations may lead to expulsion from the home, facility, or even from the program. If you are expelled from the housing but remain in the program, you will be responsible for locating and paying for your alternative housing. No refunds will be provided in those circumstances.
You are personally responsible for any and all damages you cause to the home, dormitory room, apartment, or classroom. If you shared your accommodations with other program participants, and we are unable to determine who is responsible for the damage, the cost will be divided equally among all occupants. You will be financially responsible for any outstanding bills associated with your accommodations, such as telephone or Internet usage charges. If you depart without having paid your outstanding bills, Study Abroad will request that your status with the university be changed to “not in good standing” until your financial obligations are met. “Homestays” provide a window into a different culture by immersing you in the local culture. The more time you are with a family, the greater opportunity you will have to experience day-to-day life in your host country. This experience requires a certain amount of flexibility and an interest on your part in interacting with the host family. You should expect cultural differences as well as differences in rules and regulations. It is imperative that the rules set by the family are followed. It may or may not be like living with your family, as family relationships and dynamics vary. When arranged by Study Abroad, homestay families are screened and trained by our local partners. If you choose a homestay accommodation, become aware of some of the cultural differences and prepare to have a period of adjustment. Host families are accustomed to hosting independent, adult students; however, just remember to be courteous and respectful. For example, please let them know ahead of time if you will not be home for dinner, intend to return late, or other schedule changes.