Many individuals and families interested in hosting an exchange student have questions about the host family approval process. ISE takes great pride in having a robust network of loving volunteer families, and this is due in no small part to our tried-and-true approval process. This process involves a series of checks that ensure our host family applicants meet not only the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of State but also the additional requirements set by ISE. These approval steps ensure that ISE can provide the highest quality programs for all participants. To make sure the host family approval process is completed effectively, ISE relies on our local field teams as well as our Compliance Department at headquarters. They work together to carefully review each application to ensure that all hosting requirements are met and that students are placed in a safe, positive environment. We\u2019ve outlined our approval steps below so that potential host families know what to expect. Host Family Application \tThe first step in the approval process is successfully completing your application so that it can be reviewed by your local ISE team. \tOnce submitted, your Area Representative and Regional Management Team will comb through your application to ensure all the necessary information is included.\u00a0 \tIf there are any errors or missing information from your application, your representative will contact you.\u00a0 Confidential Home Visit \tAnother important step in the approval process is the home visit. To complete this step, your representative will work with you to arrange a time that they can visit your home to verify that it meets hosting requirements.\u00a0 \tDuring this visit, your representative will create a report detailing the student\u2019s living arrangements, including information regarding: \tNeighborhood safety \tLiving arrangements (students are required to have a bedroom that includes an exit window and storage for their things) \tOverall cleanliness of the home \tPresence of pets in the home \tAvailability of quiet study space\u00a0 Reference Check \tISE also requires personal references for every host family that can attest to the family\/individual\u2019s ability to care for a student. These references will be contacted and by your local ISE team and then a reference report will be reviewed by the Compliance Department at headquarters. Criminal Background Check \tISE\u2019 Compliance Department will run a background check on all host family members who will be over the age of 18 during the time that the student is living in the home. Final Compliance Check \tISE's Compliance Department will conduct a thorough review of the entire host family application to ensure it is complete, accurate, and fulfills all requirements. Each host family applicant will have a personal representative to guide them through each of the steps above so that they can be completed as quickly as possible. Interested in Getting Started? We invite you to read more about hosting a foreign exchange student. If you have specific questions about hosting, check out our host family FAQ page. You can also read testimonials from our past and current host families. When you feel ready, complete our host family interest form, and our area representative will get in touch with you. You can also get involved by joining our team of Area Representatives! Help match host families and exchange students and bring the world closer together, while making a supplemental income.