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Host Family Program

Join Our Host Family Program!

Host families are needed at Shepherd University! A host family is:

*a host family is NOT someone to house and feed a student

If you would be interested in welcoming one of our Shepherd international students into your family/home, please contact Dr. Kelly Hart at

We are always looking for International Students to participate in the Host family program.

A host family can take many forms: it can be a single individual or a family of fifteen! A host family is merely a family in the local Shepherdstown or Martinsburg area that serves as a friend to an international students studying here at the university. Students studying here from abroad often find themselves overwhelmed culturally and socially. A host family helps ease the homesickness and anxiety international students face when they are far from home.