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Hosting an International Student

Families who are willing to open their homes for a semester or year to an international student are essential to supporting the international student program at Marshall. Hosting an international student can also be the beginning of a lifelong friendship and connection with a student and culture from across the world.

Click here to read personal stories about hosting a Marshall international student.

Click here to view a slideshow of Marshall international students and their host families.

Click here to view a slideshow of international student life at Marshall School.

For more information about hosting an international student, please contact Christa Knudsen '92, Director of International Programs, at (218) 727-7266 or at cknudsen@marshallschool.org.

To learn more about the host family application process or to begin an application today, please click here.

Host Family Stipend

Marshall School provides host families with a monthly stipend to help cover the additional cost of groceries and other incidentals, and all students are required to come with their own spending money, including money for lunch at school. The host family stipend for the 2014-15 academic year will be $7,000, paid at the beginning of each semester in August and January, and $7,500 per student if a family decides to host two students. The host family stipend is meant to cover the additional expenses associated with hosting a student, such as:

  • Groceries
  • Entertainment
  • Gas and transportation
  • Hygiene items
  • Other incidentals

The host family stipend is taxable income, and host families will be issued a 1099 for the stipend at the end of each calendar year. For advice on how to best account for the stipend, Marshall recommends consulting with a tax professional.

Host Family Support

Host family and international student orientations take place in late August, once students have arrived. Orientation for students covers American culture and home life, academic expectations, social and personal hygiene expectations, and strategies for getting connected with the community. Host family orientation in July covers transition issues, resources available, travel policies and procedures, health insurance, and managing expectations at home.

Once school starts, host families are invited to regular meetings with the Director of International Programs to share stories and experience with one another. The Director of International Programs, Christa Knudsen is available any time to assist with transition, personal/home life or academic concerns. Marshall is committed to ensuring the best experience for all.

You can expect Marshall's faculty and staff to assist your international student in the same manner they are available for all Hilltopper students. As an international parent, you can expect to be included and communicated with in the same way as the parent of a domestic student.

Contact us at

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  • 1215 Rice Lake Road
  • Duluth, MN 55811
  • P: 218-727-7266
  • F: 218-727-1569
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