What is Homestay?

One of the memorable aspects of study abroad is time spent with a local Australian homestay family. Our international team has a group of committed homestay families who enjoy the cultural exchange that hosting international students has to offer.​

Homestay families provide the opportunity for visiting students to practice their English conversational skills and learn about Australian culture in a secure and caring home environment. ​​International students develop lasting friendships with their host families.

​Homestay families are carefully selected by our Homestay Coordinator and support is given to both student and homestay families should any concerns arise.

For more information, please visit the EQI W​ebsite.

Becoming a Homestay Family

Hosting an international student is a wonderful experience. Host families provide the opportunity for visiting students to practice their English conversational skills and learn about Australian culture in a secure and caring home environment. International students develop lasting friendships with their host fa​​milies.

We have 2 types of students available to host:

Details about our Homestay program

  • Host Families are carefully chosen from the local community.
  • Host Families are committed to providing the best experience for the student.
  • Each member of the Homestay over the age of 18 must have current, active Blue Card (our Homestay Coordinator can assist you with completing these applications free of charge).​​

  • Host Families provide visiting students with:
    • their own room with study facilities (for ISP students); study tour students can share a room (with separate beds);
    • three meals each day plus snacks; and
    • access to transport to and from school and school-related activities
  • Host Families receive a small payment to cover additional costs.

Once you and your family have expressed interest in the Homestay program, you will need to go through an approval process. Each Homestay family member over the age of 18 is required to apply for (or have) a current, active Blue Cards. 

Please contact our Homestay Coordinator, Simone Green at​ to receive your application pack.

What students can expect

​International students will be attending Burpengary State Secondary College every day as part of an Education QLD International Study Tour Program or an ISP (long term stay) program.

Burpengary State Secondary College has a small, personalised ISP (Long Term) program of up to a maximum of 20 international students. International students who choose to study at Burpengary become part of an Australian homestay family and have the opportunity to integrate with local students and local culture.

Our homestay program provides students with comfortable accommodation with local people who enjoy the cultural exchange. We look forward to you joining us.

If you would like to be involved or want more information please contact Simone Green:

Ph. (07) 3481 6333

Last reviewed 21 July 2022
Last updated 21 July 2022