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Student Life

Host Family Program

Connect with a host family eager to learn more about Bethel College students who are living outside their cultures.

Bethel recognizes the importance of matching you with a family with whom you are comfortable. Host families are in contact with you. Sharing activities together is a popular way of learning about each other.

Your local host family provides you with a home away from home, entertains you for meals, gives you an opportunity to periodically get away from campus on weekends and welcomes your family when they visit you at Bethel. Activities might include sharing a family meal, attending a cultural or sporting event, going on picnics, observing holidays, going to movies or shopping together. Activities shared depend on the interests of both the host family and the student.

Many students develop relationships with their host families that last for years after they graduate.

"I developed lasting friendships and lasting lessons from my host parents and I’m confident that they’ll always be there for me, no matter where I live or what I’m doing," says 1992 Bethel graduate Kim Clark. "In fact, when I got married, my host father was the one who walked me down the aisle."

Interested in having a host family? Please complete the student survey.


Become a Host Family

Host families are not required to offer home stays; students arrange their own housing. However, families often provide transportation to and from joint activities, since many students do not have their own vehicles. Host families are not to assume any responsibility for financial, immigration, academic, employment, health or serious adjustment problems – staff in the Office of Student Life handle these issues.

If you are interested in becoming a host family for a Bethel College student of color, international student or student whose home is outside of Kansas, contact the Office of Student Life. You can also complete the Host Family Survey online.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.