Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Raymond Young


The following is a proposal for an academic yearlong homestay program for international students attending high school in the United States. This proposal examines what research conducted on homestay programs says about the effects of living in a homestay, what the perceived benefits of living in a homestay are and what is the role of homestay hosts in the homestay experience.

The homestay program developed is entitled the CATS Academy Homestay Program. This proposed program design incorporates the homestay experience as part of the students’ overall education at the high school CATS Academy, located in Newton, Massachusetts. It uses a holistic student development model to develop a curriculum design that seeks to foster cross-cultural understanding, cultural exchange and transformative learning through orientations, activities and events for the students, the hosts and the school staff.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Comparative Education


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