Host Family Program

Can you imagine hosting a UWC student on two weekends per year? Do you want to gain insight into a foreign culture or experience new perspectives? Join our host family program: We are always looking for additional families to expand our host family network!

As Host Family:

  • you get to know ‘your’ student during a get-to-know afternoon at the College in the fall.
  • you host a student on two dedicated weekends per year (dates to the right). In case you already have plans on one of them, please still apply, and we will find a solution.
  • you are free to arrange additional meetings and outings with your host student; as you see fit and as works for you / your family!


Host Family Weekends 2023/24
Sat /Sun, October 21st/ 22nd 2023
Sat /Sun, March 16th/17th 2024

Get-to-know your student afternoon
(Incoming students 23/25)
Sun October 15th 2023 | 14.30 – 16.30 

Questions? Send an email to

Become a host family!

Are you interested in joining the program? Send us the filled out application form (Anmeldebogen). We look forward to welcoming you in our host family network!

Sign up now!

Fill out this application form (in German) as detailed as possible, and send it back to us. We will find a student for you!

Anmeldebogen.doc 88kb

Good to know

Find some more information and answers to commonly asked questions here (Wissenswertes).

Wissenswertes.pdf 584kb
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Host Family Team

Tina Patzelt & Carina Petruch

   +49 (0)761 708 396 02  

It is always so nice to leave the UWC ‘bubble’ and be welcomed with open arms by a family that takes you in like one of their children. The host family experience has allowed me to get in touch with the German culture, explore the beautiful surroundings of Freiburg, and have yet another place I could call home.

Student (2016-18)

Hosting a UWC student and spending a weekend together can have many facets: here is a student from the first generation hiking with her host family.

Two weekends per year

The host family program is an important part of our students’ life at UWC Robert Bosch College. Families from Freiburg and the surrounding areas are paired with a student and host this student on two weekends per year (or more often if wanted). The host family gets to know the student and their background and culture while the student experiences German life outside the College. Host families are also invited to attend and participate in College events, such as concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions or seasonal festivals, which take place throughout the year. These offer a great opportunity to further interact with the College community and to get to know UWC. The host family program is coordinated by a team of volunteers, most of them UWC alumni themselves, who have experienced first-hand the value of having a local ‘home away from home’. Each October, the team organizes an afternoon for students and families to get to know another prior to the first host family weelend as well as an evening for host families to share experiences and feedback at the end of the year.


For those still in doubt and speaking German, here is an article that was published in the local newspaper Badische Zeitung and which reports about former student Biruk and the friendship that has developed between him and his host family. Enjoy reading!

Die erste Generation UWC-Schüler verlässt Freiburg: Abschied vom Familienmitglied auf Zeit (veröffentlicht am Do, 10. März 2016 auf

Anett Vonglatsamy berichtet über ihre Erfahrungen mit dem Gastfamilienprogramm des UWC Robert Bosch Colleges (veröffentlicht am Fr, 14. September 2018 auf