Thank you for your interest in GlobalPittsburgh Homestay Program! 





  • While GlobalPittsburgh promises to do everything to find you the best available host family, we cannot guarantee to place you with a host family that meets all your requirements, nor do we guarantee that we will find you a host family to accept you. 
  • The USA is a multi-cultural country with people from different backgrounds that makes us unique as a country. All host families speak English.
  • The American family may not be what you expect. There are many different kinds of families involved: retired couples, single-parent families, single individuals, widows, multi-racial and multi-cultural families, same-sex couples as well as traditional families. But whether they are young or old, with or without children, they all share a strong interest in international students and cross-cultural communication. Many of them have traveled or lived abroad, so they can identify with you. They are excited to welcome you into their homes and assist you in your adjustment to life here.
  • The majority of families in the U.S. have pets - cats and/or dogs - that are treated as family members.
  • GlobalPittsburgh arranges homestays with local families for up to 6 months. If you are planning to spend more than 6 months in Pittsburgh, you should plan to rent a room or an apartment after 6 months of the homestay. However, you both you and your host family would like to continue the homestay, it can be extended. 
  • We may not be able to find a homestay for you if you are traveling with your child, spouse, or a relative. It is possible sometimes but not always.
  • If you are traveling with a friend you should not expect that you will both be placed with the same host family. Sometimes it is possible but not always.
  • Host families may or may not cook regularly. We have different rates for a homestay with and without meals. In case your host family does not cook and you agree to provide your own meals, you are responsible for buying your own groceries and personal care products. Your host family will be willing to take you to the grocery store with them when they go food shopping. When a host family cooks regularly and you wish to have meals with the family, your homestay compensation rate will be higher. 
  • Do not expect your host family to pick you up from the airport. While some people have the availability to do so, most of our hosts work during the day and it is not convenient for them to drive to the airport and back. There are other ways of getting from the airport to your host's house: 1. Super Shuttle services; 2. Uber (smartphone application); 3. taxi cab; 4. bus # 28
  • Do not expect your host family to drive you daily. Pittsburgh is called a city of neighborhoods. While the major businesses and colleges are located in the city, many people live outside of the city. Most of our host families live close to bus and trolley lines. You should expect that the one-way bus ride to your college/internship may take 20-40 minutes. The bus fare is usually $2.50 one way. Your host family will show you the closest bus stop and will help you use the bus schedule. Some universities provide bus passes to their students.
  • All our host families have wireless internet in their homes. You may also get wifi access at your university, public library, and at almost every coffee shop.
  • In case of any major damage to the host family‚Äôs house or other property that you intentionally or accidentally may cause, please be ready to take full or partial financial responsibility.
  • If you have any questions, concerns or problems while staying with your host family that you cannot discuss directly with them, please contact Nadya Kessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • All fees and homestay compensations are to be paid to GlobalPittsburgh upon receiving an electronic invoice.
  • We also accept payments in cash, and checks sent or delivered to our office located at 305 34th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. All checks should be made to PCIV/GlobalPittsburgh.
  • We require a 50% deposit of the homestay placement fee when the application is submitted. You will receive an electronic invoice for the deposit. The rest of the deposit is to be paid immediately after the host family is secured.
  • Compensation for a homestay is to be paid one week before the student arrives in Pittsburgh and/or to his host family and at the beginning of each consecutive month of the homestay.
  • GlobalPittsburgh guarantees timely payments to the host families on behalf of the guests.

Placement fee (includes membership for 1 year) if applied 30 or more days in advance - $180

Placement fee (includes membership for 1 year) if applied less than 30 days in advance - $200

Compensation for 1 month without meals - $580

Compensation for 1 month with breakfast and dinner - $740

Compensation for 1 month with breakfast and dinner and opportunity to pack lunch - $900

If you need assistance with estimating your homestay payment, please do not hesitate to contact Nadya Kessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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