We have been named No 2 in the UK for our home-stay provision by the EL Gazette, based on our latest British Council Inspection report. We are very proud of our kind welcoming host families and make sure we do our very best to match our students with the right home.

Living in an English home, getting to know English family life, English customs, (food!), and using English in everyday situations, is one of the most important parts of your stay in England.

We are often asked “how do we choose our host families?”
We know all our families personally and visit them regularly. The most important question we ask ourselves is: “Would we be happy for a young person to live in their home?  If the answer is yes, we ask for personal references and carry out Police checks on all adults over the age of 18 living in their home. They then become an Isca School family.  Every student completes a feedback form about their English home in their first week here and we check this carefully to be sure you are happy.

We do our best to match students with the right host family so it is important to book early and tell us about your requirements (e.g. dietary requirements, your mother tongues and whether you’d like a family with children or pets).

What can I expect from my host family?
You will have full-board accommodation = all meals,  with packed lunch and a barbecue from Monday to Saturday.

When you apply, you can choose:

  • to share a room with another Isca student (same sex, similar age and different nationality) – this is a great cultural experience and we recommend it!
  • or you can choose to share a room with a friend
  • or you can choose to have a single room, but if a single room is not available you will have to twin with another Isca Student (different nationality)

We guarantee that no students with the same mother tongue are placed in the same family, unless two friends ask to share.
All Isca families abide by a Code of Practice in accordance with British Council and British Tourist Authority recommendations, and offer you a warm and friendly welcome.

I would like to thank you for the good time our children have had in Exeter this summer. They were all delighted, and so are we with the excellent organisation.

Mrs B, France

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