The individual homestay lies at the heart of the AUCP’s commitment to its students’ cultural and linguistic integration into French life. Each AUCP student lives with a carefully selected French family, on a demi-pension basis (breakfast seven days a week, five weekday dinners and Sunday lunches).
Much more than room and board, the homestay allows students to discover first-hand the rhythms of French life, the central position of tradition and family, and the famous “art of living” which turns simple pleasures into elegant daily celebrations. Above all, AUCP students become part of the family. They position themselves in a new community of mutual caring and sharing – and so develop intercultural skills that will serve them a lifetime.
« Homestay allows you to truly experience French life and culture from the inside – not like a tourist or an American study abroad student. Living in a French family has given me life-long relationships with a family who feels like my true family. »
Elena Gillis, George Washington University
The AUCP on-site director personally selects host families for their openness and enthusiasm in providing a quality cultural experience for the student they welcome to their homes. Housing arrangements are made by the AUCP administration, which has final authority in all matters related to housing.