One important component to every international programs experience is the accommodations. Depending on your goal and your program of choice, there are a variety of choices as outlined below.
A great option for those whose primary international programs goal is to truly immerse oneself in the culture and language of your host country. Homestays are never typical and vary depending on local norms. You may be living with an extending family or possibly just a couple. All families are screened through an extensive review process, attend orientation workshops on hosting students and are evaluated after every student experience. Many students develop long-lasting relationships with their families abroad and remain in communication with them for years after their international experience.
University Residence Halls
Depending on your international location, the quality and facilities will vary greatly. This is a good option for students interested in meeting other students. As an international student, typically you will be in a residential situation with other international students.
Residencias (in Latin America & Spain)
This option is available only in select locations. These are establishments designed specifically for temporary student housing. Often, the residencia will be the chosen location for students who reside in the interior of a country, far from the major cities, short-term faculty and international students. This option affords you opportunities to live with a diverse group of students and educators.
This option is only available in select locations. The organization that facilitates your international program will arrange for you to be housed in an apartment with other international students, and sometimes local students (depending on the location). This is a great option for students who are very independent and enjoy cooking their own meals.
This option is only available in select locations. Private apartments are when the student arranges for their own housing options and there is no support or facilitation by either Ramapo College or the host organization/institution.