As a new semester is set to begin next spring, international Bucks County Community College students are searching for host families to house them while they further their education.

These students from countries around the globe will pay up to $675 a month to a family to stay in their Bucks County home. BCCC Director of Admissions Marlene Barlow wants people to understand the importance of giving these young people the chance to experience the United States.

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“We currently have students from as far away as Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand, and are expecting new students from various countries in January,” Barlow said. “Many of these students would like to live with an American family for a real sense of our lifestyle and culture.”

Bucks County in particular offers a mix of urban, suburban, and rural opportunities with Philadelphia and New York City within train and driving distance.

“Visiting students like to be in a safe and secure community while having access to major metropolitan areas, thereby experiencing the variety of American life,” she added.

International students can also offer a rewarding experience for their host family, with a unique world perspective and cultural traditions.

Host families are needed at the very latest by late January when the semester starts. Anyone interested in housing an international student can email homestay@bucks.edu or call 215-968-8137.