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FOCUS Homestays are for Portland State University international students and scholars who wish to experience life in an American home. Students will pay for a homestay (room and food) and will most likely need to commute from 30 to 60 minutes.

A long term homestay may increase your contact with American culture and help you improve your English. 

A short term homestay is often a good option when you first arrive in Portland and need time to look for permanent housing or are waiting to move into a dormitory. 

For more information about FOCUS Homestays and to apply for a homestay, go to