In order to enrich the immersion experience, students are housed with host families. Assignments are made after the students' arrival in Paris, during orientation. Because each person is different, the resident director takes time to meet all participants individually to know their lifestyle and wishes about their French family. Based on that information, the director pairs students and families, some of which have been welcoming students of the program for a long time. The families live within Greater Paris, no more than 45 minutes or so of the program office and classroom.
The families vary in size and personality. While a few are older couples whose children no longer live at home or single woman, most are families with children still at home. A few live in apartments, most live in houses with gardens. Families provide breakfast and two evening meals per week; all family placements have access to the Internet. Living and interacting with the host family provides opportunities to communicate in French and increases access to daily life and culture in France.