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Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a Host) and a visiting international student. The student lives as a guest in the home.

Living with a homestay family during your studies at Upper Coomera State College (UCSC) is a great way to learn about a new community and culture.

UCSC have an extensive homestay family base who provide a caring, supportive and safe environment for visiting students. There are many nationalities found on the Gold Coast, giving visiting students an amazing experience to learn not just about Australian culture, but about a number of different cultures.

UCSC homestay families are local families that are chosen and monitored by our Homestay Coordinator, Pam Luders. Homestay families must meet a number of strict criteria including:

  • Maintaining a clean, caring and friendly home.

  • Every adult (over the age of 18) that resides in the home whilst an international student is visitng must have a 'Blue Card' issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. This ensures the person does not have a criminal history.

  • Have adequate and suitable space for the visiting student e.g. sleeping arrangments, a place to study, three meals a day

Our Homestay Coordinator visits every home and family. As she does this she asks herself the question 'Would I place my child in this home?'. Pam takes her role very seriously and considers each placement as if she was placing her own child.

When you arrive in Queensland, Pam will talk to you about the many ways you and your homestay family can help you settle in to life here on the Gold Coast. Pam and the rest of our International Department, plus your homestay family, are on hand to help you settle in quickly at your homestay and at school.

Interested in becoming a homestay family?

If you live locally and are interested in hosting an international student with your family for either short term or long term stays while they study at UCSC, please contact Pam Luders via email or contact us.