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Local hosts, Mr and Mrs Webb, enjoying a barbecue with their homestay student, Thomas, during the summer of 2005.'
Local hosts, Mr and Mrs Webb, enjoying a barbecue with their homestay student, Thomas, during the summer of 2005.'

Press Release - 13 February 2006

Open your doors to a new experience and host a student this summer

The University of Bath is looking for families in Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Swindon and surrounding areas to provide short-term accommodation for French students who will be doing six weeks of work experience at nearby companies.

The students, typically aged between 20 and 24, are currently studying in France for a postgraduate qualification in either mechanical engineering or computing at the Institut des Techniques de l’Ingenieur de l’Industrie, based in Nantes. As part of their course the students spend three months in the South West improving their English language skills.

Home-stays maximise the students’ experience of life in the South-West and enable local residents to be involved in a real cultural exchange. In addition hosts are generously remunerated by the University at a rate of £113-£123 per week.

“We are interested in hearing from potential home-stay hosts who are welcoming, flexible, and interested in meeting people from different cultures”, said Rachel Owens from the University’s Division for Lifelong Learning, which is running the programme.

“The experience can be enjoyable and rewarding for families, couples, and individuals who are willing to welcome a student into their home and encourage them to improve their English.”

“Previous hosts have enjoyed the experience and have reported finding it very positive and worthwhile”.

Homestay hosts are currently being sought for a six week period from 3rd June to 16th July. If you would like more information about hosting a student, please call 01225 386146, email R.H.Owens@bath.ac.uk, or visit www.bath.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/itii/homestays


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