Help Welcome International Students

Help welcome new University of Washington international students! Every August and September the UW campus comes together to welcome our new international students and make sure that there first week in our city is a warm and welcoming one.

The FIUTS homestay program places new international students and scholars in the homes of volunteer community hosts for their first week in the Northwest. Hosts support students during the transition period and serve as their initial introduction to American culture and life in Seattle. These relationships continue throughout the students’ time at the UW and beyond, with many hosts later visiting their past students and their families in their home countries abroad.

Students will attend International Student Orientation while they are with you and will have activities during the day and some evenings. FIUTS homestay students are both undergraduate and graduate students from over 150 countries and across all fields of study. All students are college age, have a high level of English language and are fairly independent. The international students who apply for this program, do so because they want to form a friendship and make a connection with local Americans. Most students will arrive between September 11th and 13th. All hosts must live within a one hour commute of UW and be interested in welcoming new international visitors. Students do not need their own room.

If you are interested in becoming a homestay host, or would like more information, please contact Alison Kilkenny at , 206-616-7025 or visit their website Or simply APPLY NOW

Meet current Homestay Hosts Kim and Clive:

Meet homestay students Monika and Laura:

Read a recent blog post by long time FIUTS host Nancy Bacon:



Alison Kilkenny

Homestay & Community Relations Coordinator

FIUTS – The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students

University of Washington


The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) was founded at the University of Washington in 1948. A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, FIUTS connects university students with local and global communities through programs that build international awareness, cross-cultural communication, and informed leadership.