Frequently Asked Questions

Student

  • Who is categorized as an international student? Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States is considered an International Student. International Students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States.
  • Can I study part time? No, International Students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all International Students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment.
  • I have submitted my application to EduHup. What happens next? Once we receive your materials, you will receive an email to confirm the receipt of your application. You can check the status of your application anytime online, as well as reach out to the school administrator directly if you have questions or comments.
  • I am having trouble completing my profile. Can someone help me? Yes, EduHup has a dedicated admissions department to help students complete their profiles and applications and answer any questions about the admissions process.
  • What should I do to get a student visa? Most International Students hold student (F1) visas. After you are admitted to a school you will receive instructions on how to obtain your I-20. In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State offers more information about obtaining a student visa.
  • How much do I pay on EduHup to be admitted to a school? Student and Host Family Pricing Structure

    While browsing and starting an application through school profiles is completely free, in order to finish applying to the school of your choice you have to pay $300 admission fee to finish your application. This is not for our profit but to pay for the school admission fee. With this fee you can apply to up to three schools. The cost of applying to an additional school is $100.

    There are certain fees that come with translation and visa and this price might vary so we recommend consulting with your local eduhup consultant on this. In order to secure the placement in the school of your choice once you are accepted you must pay $5,000 as part of the school tuition plus the $1650 insurance fee. Total to pay is $6,650 dollars.
  • How much is it if I choose to live with a host family?
    Host Family Pricing
    How much will it cost you to find your ideal host family? The costs vary on what the host family is offering but in this article we will explain all the easy steps you will take to get the best host family for you!

    When you go to the host family section of your profile, you will see all the host families that are available in your school location. Take a look at their pictures, how far they are from the school and who they are as a family. If you like them, apply by paying a one time booking fee to save your place for that host family You will pay $2,000 placement fee. You can only apply to one Host Family at a time. The host families will review and reply, and if you qualify you will have five days to to pay the final balance. Please check this blog for more information.

    This final balance includes:
    • Service Program Fee
      This includes Guardianship, Emergency contacts, Airport Pickup, Program Managers and Local Support, Monthly Reports and Consultations with your parents and yourself locally in your own home country.
    • Academic year(10 months) Host Family Fee
      This includes room and board and there are other options including types of meals you might want (organic, vegetarian, packed lunch), school transportation (Car, School Bus, Public Transportation limited by distance) and laundry service which vary for host family and location.


    Your final balance for both schools and host families with us in EduHup is an incredible deal. Here is an example of our pricing structure:

    estimate cost example

    This is more than 60% cheaper than what agencies offer and makes your schooling more affordable without compromising quality of care!
  • Who is categorized as an International Student? Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States is considered an International Student. International Students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States. You can, however apply to short term programs such as summer schools available in our site. Please visit this blog for more information.
  • Can I study part time? No, International Students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all International Students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment.
  • I am having trouble submitting my profile can someone help me? Yes, EduHup has a dedicated admissions department to help students complete their profiles and applications and answer any questions about the admissions process. We also have educational consultants from your home country who are there to help you with any questions.
  • What should I do to get a student visa? Most International Students hold student (F1) visas. After you are admitted to a school you will receive instructions on how to obtain your I-20. In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate
  • When do I receive the i-20? You must submit your Bank Statement in order to receive your I-20. To learn more about the I-20 and F1 Visa, please visit our blog [link to: https://eduhup.com/blog/tips-acing-your-f1-visa-interview]. In addition, EduHup provides VISA assistance for an additional fee. Please contact your EduHup Consultant for more information. After this, the school will issue the I-20. Once you receive the I-20 you will able to apply for the F1 visa once you pay the final total tuition. This will vary by the school of your choice.
  • I’m confused about the admission process We are dedicated to making sure our customers have the best possible customer service. We have a 24/7 chat program that is ready to answer any questions. Furthermore, Once you pay the program fee our educational consultants and admission staff are there(wechat for china and so on) for any questions you might have about the process. You can also use the contact us form on our site for any other queries you might have.
  • How are Host Families picked and is it safe? We do a lot of advertising for our host families as well as reach out to our extensive network of partnered schools. We take the process very seriously and we give background checks as well as home visit to the families to ensure that the host family is everything we want for you. We have Program Managers who are available at all times for support and assistance.
  • What is the role of the program manager? Program Managers are there as a second home for the student. They are visiting the school, the home and will pick you up from the airport when needed. They also write extensive reports about your progress to the families back home every month.
  • Do you have summer schools available? Yes! We have partnered with numerous summer camp companies providers who have incredible summer camps in Australia, England, USA and Canada! Their programs vary from sports, surfing, STEM, Robots, ESL, Acting and so much more! You can browse our summer camp listings to get information about cost, age requirements, duration, location, and more. If you have questions about a camp, you can chat with one of our education consultants 24/7. After you find the camp of your dreams, you can apply and enroll in the program online. Also make sure to visit our blogs page and read articles about summer camps. Please visit our summer camp section for more information!!

School

  • How does EduHup work? EduHup is an online platform that is similar to Facebook and LinkedIn. You will be able to complete a school profile with information about your campus, history, space availability, and admissions criteria. Your school will be searchable to students and students will be searchable to you. From there, you can directly connect with the students and work towards the goal of enrolling the student. A helpful dashboard allows you to track all of your activities.
  • How much does it cost to use EduHup? We launched EduHup in June of 2018 and the reception so far has been incredible. We are happy to announce that more than 800 schools have joined the EduHup platform and more are signing up every day. We offer a free one-year membership and there is no commitment or risk in trying out EduHup. We do not ask for billing information and if you decide that EduHup is not for your school, simply stop using the platform and send us an email to cancel your account. Creating an account for your school only takes a few minutes. It's the best way to see what EduHup is all about.
  • Where are the students coming from? The students will be coming from the primary recruitment regions of China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Mexico. EduHup's mission is to help make an American education a reality for all international students. We are constantly monitoring industry trends and hope to expand into many other countries.
  • Do you have students from other countries? This is an excellent question and one that we receive often. China has always been the largest market and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. However, we are just as focused on countries outside of China. South Korea, Vietnam, and Mexico are countries that we are focused on and the reception so far have been very positive. In time, as the market continues to evolve, we hope to expand our presence into South America and Europe.
  • What services does EduHup provide? EduHup can provide your schools with all of the international student services that traditional agencies provide. This includes admissions and recruitment support, host families, academic support, travel arrangements, and even hiring a local person to manage your international student program. Check out all of the EduHup highlights here!
  • How are the host families located and what is your process for approving them? EduHup will recruit, screen, train, and manage the host families. Our process involves background checks, home visits, and ongoing support and training. A local person will be hired to oversee the program.
  • Can I use EduHup if I already work with an agency? The use of the EduHup should not interfere with or negatively impact your existing agency relationships as it is an online platform. The majority of schools that have signed up for EduHup already work with agencies.
  • How long has EduHup been around? EduHup launched in June of last year. However, our parent company is a major international student services provider that has operated in the US for over 20 years. Rest assured that our experience and resources will be ready to meet the needs of your International Student Program.
  • Is there a limit to the number of applications that my school can receive? There is no limit to the amount of applications that a school can receive. On the school dashboard, you can select a maximum number of applications you would like to receive, or opt to receive an unlimited amount.
  • My school is not equipped with an international admissions team. Is there someone at EduHup that can help? Yes! EduHup has admissions representatives that work directly with your school to help filter applicants, aid in admission decisions, and facilitate the transition into American schooling.

Host Family

  • How do I become a Host Family on EduHup? The first step to becoming a Host Family on EduHup is having the desire and commitment to provide a safe and nurturing environment for an international student. Next, you will need to Sign up on the platform by registering your account -for free! The rest is easy:
    1. Begin building your Host Family Profile to 100% completion. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
    2. Wait for interested EduHup students to ‘apply’ to your Host Family profile
    3. Review your Student applicant(s) and ‘Accept’ your desired student(s)
    4. An EduHup Representative will contact you to begin your On-Boarding Process (Phone Screen, Signed Host Family Contract, References check, Background check, Complete Host Family Training, and Home Visit).
    5. Meet your student and embark on your Hosting journey!
  • What are the requirements for Hosting with EduHup? EduHup’s Host Family requirements are straightforward and reflect the standard Homestay services provided in our Industry.
    • A Safe and welcoming Environment
    • A Separate Bedroom (Either Shared or Private)
    • Adequate Meals (3 meals per day/ 7 days a week)
    • Transportation (Car, School Bus, Public Transportation limited by location)
  • Can we choose a boy or a girl? You are encouraged to choose a student gender that fits best with your family dynamic and parenting style. Remember, a student is choosing you also. Your choice of gender may be limited by student interest in your home.
  • Will I be paid for hosting? Yes! Compensation for hosting is referred to as a "stipend". The stipend is designed to cover the costs of providing care for a student. The amount will vary as each host family provides different services. When you register your account with EduHup, you'll be able to create your own stipend as you build your profile.
  • Is the pay tax exempt? The stipend is taxable income. You will submit a W-9 form during the application process and receive a W-2 in January. The income will be reported in box 7 (Non-employee Compensation) on a 1099 income form when you file your taxes. EduHup recommends that host families consult a tax preparation professional for advice on record keeping, tax deductions, and tax filing.
  • Who can become a host family? Just about anyone who successfully completes the qualification screening can become a host family. The on-boarding process involves a criminal and sex offender registry background check as well as a home visit to verify that your home meets minimum hosting requirements. Much of your hosting fitness will be determined by the student families. They are in the driver's seat when choosing a host. Important to consider is that these students are here to learn English. It's not a disqualification if English is your second language, but it can pose a challenge to the matching process.
  • Can single parents host? Yes. Single mothers are quite common in the hosting community. Single fathers are much more rare. Consider that a student's natural parents are often seeking an ideal home or a family that reflects their own and are expecting a host family to provide time and attention to their child. The perception to overcome is that single parents can't do that well. Build your profile wisely and address this reality openly.
  • Can people with pets host an international student? Pets are often a good selling point for a host family. However, having multiple pets or a big dog can be an obstacle. Allergies to certain pets and phobias are uncommon but can also be a factor. Include photos of your pet in your profile - especially show their loving side.
  • Can families with small children host? Yes. Most of the time a family with children is a preferred option for a student. Very young or infant children can present two main obstacles to matching. The first is that they tend to be disruptive to a calm study environment, the second is that they require lots of attention from their parents. Briefly mention your parenting style and routine in your profile introduction to present your young family in a most positive light.
  • Do we need a background check? Yes. All persons 18 and older living in your home during the hosting cycle must submit to a criminal and sex offender registry background check.
  • What are requirements for hosting an international student? The number one requirement for hosting is a desire and commitment to do so. There are many qualifying steps in the on-boarding process to verify the safety and fitness of a host family. EduHup encourages you to register an account and explore, and to continue reading the FAQs to help resolve your curiosity.
  • Will someone visit our home? The final on-boarding step in qualifying a host family is a home visit. A host family who is matched with a student is subject to scheduled visits during the school year to check on general health and welfare. A host family can also request a visit from an EduHup representative as needed.
  • When do students arrive and leave? New students arrive 2-3 weeks before the start of school for orientation. Returning students will return in the week before the start of school. Students generally leave the country within 3 days of their last school commitment
  • Will we be contacted during the year? You will have an agency representative that will contact you monthly by phone. They will also visit you and your (new) student within 6 weeks of moving in, and at least once more during the school year. Your representative will always be an email, text, or phone call away.
  • Are host families expected to entertain? At the heart of the hosting experience for both student and host family is cultural exchange. Most of that will happen in day to day life, but there's so much more outside your home to explore and share. EduHup recommends that you schedule outings so your student has an opportunity to learn with you and from you. Inviting them to do things with your family will deepen a healthy bond with your student and likely increase the quality and longevity of your relationship.
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