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Winter Holiday Homestay: Christmas International House

Christmas International House provides an opportunity for international students to be guests of a local community in one of a number of locations in the U.S. during the vacation between Fall and Winter Terms. U-M students have participated in this program in the past and have enjoyed it.

COST: Room and board are free. The only costs are the registration fee, round trip transportation to and from the host community, and any extra expenses (such as admission fees to various attractions) indicated by the individual programs on the Christmas International House website.

DATES: The 2016 program runs from December 17, 2016 to January 2, 2017, unless otherwise indicated, and students are expected to remain throughout the program and to participate in the planned activities. If you have late exams, it may be possible to start the program a little later than December 17th.

DEADLINE: The application deadline is November 15, 2016, but the registration fee is higher for applications received after October 31. Also, if you apply too late, sometimes only very cold locations are available or sometimes all locations are full.


ABOUT THE APPLICATION: The application form asks for the name, phone and email address for your International Student/Scholar Advisor. After you complete your application, you will be asked to click on a link to send to your application to your advisor so that your F-1 or J-1 status can be verified. Since the International Center has many advisors, please fill out the advisor information section this way:

NAME: leave blank

TITLE: International Student/Scholar Advisor

TELEPHONE: 734-764-9310