Homestay

Homestay dog students

Our homestay program provides accommodation and care for Monash students within an enriching cultural and social environment.

Why choose a homestay program?

My four-week stay with my Prato host family provided a unique opportunity to embrace Italian culture. The family was incredibly welcoming and kind; they were eager to help me learn Italian and teach me to cook traditional Tuscan cuisine! The homestay program allowed me to develop a new appreciation for intercultural competence and it made my Prato study experience a truly unforgettable one. Renee

As a homestay student you will experience family life in Italy by becoming ‘part of’ a family. The program provides you with not only food and accommodation but also an authentic intercultural experience. You'll have the opportunity to improve and develop your Italian language and communication skills. Homestay families and students benefit from learning about each other’s culture, language, food, and way of life.

What is included and costs

  • accommodation in a single room
  • a desk and personal storage space
  • shared bathroom and laundry facilities
  • linen
  • Internet access
  • seven breakfasts and seven dinners per week
  • the homestay fee is 30 euros per night, paid in advance to your faculty

Your accommodation may be located outside the city centre but it will be no more than a few minutes away using public transport. Your homestay family will give you all the information you need on how to reach our centre.

Length of stay

  • Minimum of three weeks to maximum of five weeks.
  • You should arrive in Prato a couple of days before your program starts to allow time to meet your homestay family and settle in Prato.

Selection process

To be eligible to apply for the homestay program, you need to have first received confirmation of your enrolment in one of the faculties’ Prato programs. Once confirmed, you can then apply through your faculty for a place on the homestay program.

You will be interviewed by the faculty to assess your suitability for the homestay program.

If you are successful, the faculty will inform us and we’ll contact you to arrange a video conference interview with staff in Prato. This is a chance for us to get to know you and to find the best family match for you. We’ll be in touch after the interview to notify you of your host family and to provide all the details you'll need.

Once we match you to a family, we'll then ask you to confirm the dates of your homestay and you’ll need to read and sign a copy of the Homestay Student Guide. Signing the agreement serves as confirmation of your participation in the program.

Contact community@monash.it for further information, including how to apply and relative timelines.

About homestay families

Italy is a multicultural country and homestay families come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Homestay family structures are not limited to the traditional ‘nuclear model’ and may consist of single women, couples without children, single mothers with children, and retired couples.

Homestay families want to host you for various reasons. Many homestay families are interested in having cross-cultural interaction, while others wish to ‘internationalise’ their children by exposing them to other cultures. Retired couples host for company as their own children have left home.

All homestay families are arranged by our centre through an interview selection process.