ESL Programs


The ESL Program is a popular Summer Homestay Program offered by IFF. This program is ideal for those students who are seeking some amount of formal English-language instruction along with the immersion experience of being with an American host family and having some organized group activities. This program is typically 2 to 4 weeks in duration and affords each student the maximum opportunity to enhance their English skills.

Our typical ESL Program offers students 12 hours of intense classroom instruction in English-language and American Culture each week. Our classes are taught by experienced ESL instructors and use a specialized ESL curriculum designed for exchange students with a basic or intermediate level of English proficiency. With a small 15:1 student-to-instructor ratio, our students receive ample attention in order to maximize the productivity of their time in the classroom.

In addition to classes, these programs offer weekly activities and excursions as well as ample time for students spend with their host families. In order to give students time to relax, bond with their host families, go shopping or take care of other personal needs, weekends as well as two afternoons per week are generally kept free.

ESL programs are offered for groups of students from a single country or for “multicultural” groups of students from different countries.

Main Features

  • 12 hours of formal, English-language classroom instruction per week taught by an experienced and carefully-selected instructor
  • A specialized curriculum designed for foreign exchange students with basic to intermediate English-language proficiency
  • Small (15:1) class sizes which guarantee each student the individual attention necessary to maximize his/her time in the classroom
  • Placement in a volunteer American Host Family that has been carefully recruited, screened, and selected by trained IFF professionals
  • Ample opportunity to actively practice English-language skills learned in the classroom in an immersion environment
  • Transfers between the local airport and destination community
  • Student and Host Family Orientations
  • One (1) full-day excursion per week (Student admission costs included; lunch will be provided for IFF students)
  • One (1) half-day group activity per week (Admission costs associated with pre-planned activities included)
  • Welcome and Farewell Parties

As with all IFF programs, the Standard Immersion Program also includes:

  • Supervision by trained and dedicated IFF Coordinators with intimate knowledge of the destination community
  • Insurance covering all program participants including students and volunteer host families
  • 24-Hour, 7-day-a-week support from the IFF Home Office
  • Support for obtaining tourist visa (if required)

Sample Itinerary

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Prospective Student or Host Family?

If you are a student interested in participating in an IFF ESL program, please click here.

If you are interested in hosting an IFF ESL Student, please click here.