Homestays can be one of the best housing options for international students.
Through our partnership with the OvECS Ltd. BIR students are
matched with Chicago-area families. Staying with a local family provides students with comfort, security, friendship, and cultural immersion.
How to apply
To apply for a homestay you should:
After OvECS receives both your completed application and processing fee,
they will contact you as soon as possible with detailed information about
your homestay placement. Host Families are limited so apply as early as
- Fill out the online application on the OvECS website. Be sure to
list BIR Training Center as your school.
- Send OvECS two passport-sized photos and a $200 processing fee (by check or international money order) to:
625 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 202
Gilbert, AZ 85234 U.S.A.
How much does it cost?
In addition to a one-time $200 processing fee, a homestay for BIR students
costs $750 for each four weeks.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, your host family will pick you up from the airport when you land in Chicago.
What if my visa application is rejected?
If you cannot come to the United States because you did not receive a visa OvECS will refund half of
your processing fee ($100).
Can my spouse or children stay with me?
Many hosts are expecting students to come by themselves and thus
might not have accomodations for more than one person. Families
can be placed together only if OvECS can find a host willing to take them in.
If a suitable host family cannot be found for your circumstances, OvECS will
fully refund your processing fee.