It is, of course, possible to book only language courses with Activa and organize your own accommodations. If you have friends at your destination or simply prefer to live alone, please let us know. You will then pay only the program price without extra charges. You may want to rent an apartment there with other students. To do this, one of the best solutions is reserving one of the proposed housing formulas for the first weeks of class, which will give you time to make friends and do the research necessary in finding a quality living environment.
Please note that living with a family is a well-designed living accommodation, but is not considered to be a home. Everything depends, however, on the relationship you have with your hosts. The host families are neither obligated to take care of your entertainment nor to organize activities with you, unless you are registered for the formulas that guarantee this, such as the close supervision program option for children under 18 years old.
There is often confusion between the concept of “living in a homestay” and “living with a host family.” These are two very different concepts which are often underappreciated.
Our partner schools have carefully selected families by taking into account student feedback. These families are also subject to regular inspections.
Usually, students who speak the same native language do not live under the same roof, unless it is specifically requested. Specific demands concerning the family (children, animals, dietary needs, non-smoking etc) are taken into consideration upon registration and respected while choosing accommodations. If students register late, we will do our best to respect each request, but cannot ensure that each student will get their first choice accommodation. It is very important to indicate all allergies or inclinations to illnesses in order to inform the host family.
We cannot guarantee that we will find a host family that perfectly fits your interests and your hobbies, but the sooner you book your program, the more time we have to find you a perfect family! Families generally live near the school. Staying with a family is without doubt the best accommodation for study abroad as you have daily contact with the family and the opportunity to practice the language, while learning the language, expressions, attitudes and customs of people who live in this culture. This is an authentic experience and a wonderful complement to any program. Over time, you may come to see that the family you are placed with can become more than simply hosts.
In terms of price, this is the most economical type of living accommodation.