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AU Brussels | Semester & Summer Homestays

Get to Know Europeans

A student with her host family.

An AU Brussels student (center) with her Brussels host mom and sister.

Both the European Union in Action Program and the Brussels Summer Internship Program offer you the opportunity to learn more about Europe by living with a host family. Of course, each family is different, and it is impossible to generalize what your family will be like. However, the following is true of all families:

You will have your own room in a family’s home, although sometimes another student may be staying in a different room in the same home. On the mornings that you are at home, you will receive a continental breakfast from the family. On three evenings each week, you will share the dinner with the family. All lunches and all other evening meals are at your own expense. However, the program does partially subsidize the cost of your other meals with a small monthly meal stipend. Bed linens and towels are always provided, and you will have access to the family’s laundry facilities. All families have wireless internet access, and are accessible by public transportation.

A students room in a homestay with a bookcase and small table.

The homestay gives you the freedom to choose as much or as little interaction with the family as you would like. Although you are required to follow some rules of common courtesy, you will never be required to adhere to a curfew, and no family will impose any obligations on you to stay at home or participate in family activities. In short, you are free to come and go as you please.

However, we hope that you will take the time to get to know your family. By living with them, you will gain a special insight into how ordinary Europeans live and what they think about the issues studied in the program. They will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to improve your French language skills, should you wish to do so. However, there are also many families who speak English, so French language skills are certainly not required for living with a host family.

A student's homestay room decorated with pictures and maps
AU students at homestays find that bringing small mementos from home helps with their adjustment to living in Brussels.