Homestay Change Policy

First Two Weeks: Adaption period

After the housing placement, a two week period of adaptation is required before any housing moves are considered—except in particular cases such as a student with allergies being placed in a home with animals.

After Two Weeks: Resolution period

The following policies are applicable:

  • Step 1: The student must first try to work out the problem in-house; with or without the assistance of the housing coordinator, depending on the case.
  • Step 2: If the problem is such that the student has a justified reason for moving, arrangements are made to visit another homestay, to meet the new family and establish compatibility.

Moving Out of Syracuse Housing

After these efforts, if a student in Syracuse housing decides to move somewhere independent of our housing, the student must first obtain the following:

  • Written permission of parents or guardian
  • A letter of approval from the home school
  • Approval from both the Syracuse Florence housing coordinator and the director

If the reasons are justifiable and the request of change is within the first month (no later than the final deadline for course/credit changes) a 50% refund is applied. If done after this deadline, no refund is available.

If the reasons are unjustifiable (as determined by the director and housing coordinator), the student may choose to go ‘independent’ but will receive no refund.

Please remember that initial problems usually disappear or significantly diminish within a couple of weeks.