BIR- Homestay

Homestay Information

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:
  1. Fill out the online application on the OvECS website. Be sure to list BIR Training Center as your school.
  2. Send OvECS two passport-sized photos and a $200 processing fee (by check or international money order) to:
    OvECS Ltd.
    625 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 202
    Gilbert, AZ 85234 U.S.A.
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 possible.

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.