The ultimate goal of SIS Intercultural Study Abroad is to provide an experience where students can participate in contemporary Italian culture as well as develop an intercultural competence. We carefully select host families that have a desire to share their culture with young, curious students. For our students, the families are truly second homes and we count on the families to provide home cooked meals, clean homes and welcoming atmospheres.
The majority of our families have years of experience and understand how to communicate with students with limited Italian language skills. When adding any new families to our program, we always make sure that they are open to all types of students and that they share the same values of intercultural exchange that we do.
We carefully read each student’s housing questionnaire in order to place them with a family that most closely suits their interests and living requirements. SIS staff is always available to provide any type of assistance for both families and students.
Listen to Amanda talk about her experience with SIS and her host family
Hear Selene, a wonderful SIS host mother, talk about working with SIS