Families needed to host international BCCC students

Young people from around the world attending college at the Newtown campus are looking for housing for the coming semester

The Times

Bucks County Community College, which welcomes students from around the world, is seeking host families for international students for the spring semester.

“We currently have students from as far away as Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand, and are expecting new students from various countries in January,” explained Marlene Barlow, director of admissions at the public, two-year college. “Many of these students would like to live with an American family for a real sense of our lifestyle and culture.”

Barlow said international students are choosing Bucks for both the quality of the education and its location.

“Visiting students like to be in a safe and secure community while having access to major metropolitan areas, thereby experiencing the variety of American life,” she added.

Students will pay up to $675 a month for the opportunity to be a part of a local family, and in turn, that family would have the unique chance to foster global awareness of the United States while learning about another culture.

Barlow said hosting an international student can be a very rewarding experience. Host families are needed by the start of the semester in late January. For more information on applying as a host family, email homestay@bucks.edu or call 215–968–8137.