International Student Support


 Would you like the opportunity to spend a day, weekend or Christmas in a home in Northern Ireland? HOST is a voluntary (not-for-profit) organisation and provides fantastic opportunities for International Students to meet and stay with families in Northern Ireland. HOST has friendly volunteers living all over Northern Ireland and Great Britain who offer a visit to their homes to share their way of life.

Who can apply for a HOST visit?

  • Students must be aged 18+ and studying at Queen’s University for more than 3 months  
  • Applications must be made from within the UK.

Can a friend or my family go with me?

Yes, but this can only be arranged through HOST and separate applications need to be made. Please speak to a team member at International Student Support for advice.

What are the benefits of a HOST visit?

A HOST visit will offer you a memorable and personal experience of life in Northern Ireland or Great Britain. A visit can be beneficial in the following ways;

Have a better understanding of life and culture in Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Improve and practice your English

Settle into Northern Ireland and feel more at home

Meet and engage with Northern Irish people in their own environment

Questions and answers?

Please visit the HOST website here for a list of questions and answers.

How much does it Cost?

The application fee contributes towards HOST’s administration costs and the visit is free. 

Please note: Children (aged under 16) can go on a HOST visit for free.

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for a HOST visit please ensure first that you understand the purpose of a HOST visit and you are familiar with the information on the HOST website here.

The instructions on how to register and apply for a visit can be found here.

Please note, there are a limited number of places around Christmas and New Year    

Does HOST issue refunds?

The fee is a contribution to HOST’s administrative costs, and they cannot provide refunds if costs have been incurred. However, your application fee will be refunded if HOST are unable to find an invitation for you.

Your application fee will not be refunded if;

You cancel after accepting an invitation

You refuse a suitable invitation

You fail to tell HOST that your availability has changed

HOST are unable to contact you or you don’t provide the information required in order to make the placement

HOST Information Session-You must book in advance with International Student Support

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Please contact International Student Support if you have any questions,