St. Mary’s families are encouraged to host an international student. Host parents act as surrogate parents for our international students, serving as a bridge for the students as they learn to navigate a new culture and language. Many students and host families build relationships that become long lasting friendships.

The most successful host/student relations occur when the student is treated like a member of the family–participating in family activities, abiding by family rules, and showing an interest in getting to know the family better.

Host Family Stipend: $650/month (Paid to representing agency that then pays host family)

For more information on hosting, contact Robyn Cross, director of International Admissions, at

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