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Green River College Needs Host Families for International Students


Learn about other cultures and internationalize your family without leaving Auburn! Green River College needs host families for incoming international students.

Green River College’s International Housing program began in 1989 with fifty host families and less than 100 international students,” states the program’s website. “Today, in 2021, the program has grown to 160 active host families and between 1,100 and 1,200 international students.”


A host family must be able to provide the following:

  • A private bedroom furnished with a bed, a chair and lamp, and clothing storage.
  • The use of all household amenities.
  • A host family is also required to provide food for 3 meals a day. Food for breakfast and lunch should be available for the student to prepare themselves, dinner should be prepared family style.
  • All host families must be on a convenient bus line (e.g. Auburn, Kent, Covington, and Federal Way) or within walking distance of GRC campus.

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Share living expenses are paid directly from the student to the host family.

Current and Summer Shared Living Fall Quarter:
16-year-old program – $850, 17+ program – $725


Shared Living Increase:
16-year-old program – $950,  17+ program – $825

An Amazing Experience

“If you any able to host a student, I can tell you it is an amazing experience,” said  Auburn resident Donna Foxley. “Our kids still talk about the three students we hosted over the years. We are still in touch with [our student] from Denmark and our daughter even stayed with her and her family when she was going to school in Europe.”

All prospective families must attend a virtual or an in-person orientation and complete an application. A background check will be completed for everyone in the home 18 years and older. Additionally, the IP Housing staff will visit each home before a student will be placed with a family.


“This is definitely a wonderful opportunity,” said Foxley.

Please email the IP Housing Department at

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