GEO Elements: Virtual Homestay Family

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Open to All Students
Location: Italy, Spain
GPA: 0.0
Program Overview

Add a new level of cultural integration and engagement to your academic experience! Choose a host family in Spain or Italy and take advantage of the opportunity to converse and exchange with them virtually. Enjoy the warmth of your own host family and share fun virtual activities while making real connections and language progress.

Weekly activities include a live interaction over a meal and several video, audio, and text exchanges during the week.

Virtual homestay activities are synchronous, with participants determining the most convenient schedule and platform (Zoom, Skype, or What’s App).



$50 per week in SPAIN

$75 per week in ITALY

NOTE: If you are a Pell Grant recipient for the current academic year, GEO will extend you a 33% enrollment discount on this GEO element. Documentation required.

For students who are not Pell Grant recipients, note that GEO will extend a 15% discount to you if you purchase 6 or more Elements.

These discounts cannot be combined.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Start Date
Any Any Start whenever you’d like
Academic Details

60-90 minute sessions

1 interaction per week

4-week minimum commitment - SPAIN

2-week minimum commitment - ITALY

The choice is yours! Choose which city best matches your interests. Elements are available in the following locations:

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.