Christmas is the season when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and share with others the joy of God's love for all people.     Many churches and communities, therefore, find CIH an appropriate way to enable international students to participate in the holiday season with families.   

Christmas International House is hosted by congregations from various church denominations, councils of churches and civic organizations.     The programs currently availble are listed below.    You can learn more about each location by clicking on the name.


StateCityNameStatus(1)Type(2)AccommodationsStay(3)
GAAtlantaAMISAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingles & MarriedEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)
GAAtlantaAMIS-week OneAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingle Students (Male & Female)One Week Only - First Week
COBayfieldFour CornersAccepting ApplicationsHome StayFemale Students OnlyOne Week Only - First Week
MIChelseaChelseaAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingle Students (Male & Female)One Week Only - First Week
ILChicagoChicago - Beverly Hills neighborhoodAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingle Students (Male & Female)Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
PAEphrataEphrataAccepting ApplicationsHome StayFemale Students OnlyEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)
SCFort MillFort MillAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingles & MarriedEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)
KSKansas CityKansas City - Both Weeks OnlyAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingle Students (Male & Female)Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
PAEast EarlLancaster County CIHAccepting ApplicationsHome StayFemale Students OnlyEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)
FLLithiaLithiaAccepting ApplicationsCombinationSingle Students (Male & Female)Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
FLOrange ParkOrange ParkAccepting ApplicationsHome StaySingle Students (Male & Female)Entire Program or Either Week
GASavannahSavannahAccepting ApplicationsGroup StayFemale Students OnlyOne Week Only - Second Week
FLSt AugustineSt AugustineFilledHome StayFemale Students OnlyEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)
CAMalibuMalibuFilledHome StayFemale Students OnlyEntire Program Only (Both Weeks)

You may indicate your top three preferences on your application.    We encourage you to list other acceptable locations in case all of your preferred programs are filled.    You may do this in the Other Information notes on your application.






(1)  -  Application Status Legend
Pending The program is being developed and will begin accepting applications shortly.
Accepting Applications Program has openings available and is accepting applications.
Filled Waiting List Program has been filled but is accepting names for a waiting list.    Students placed on a waiting list are NOT guaranteed acceptance into the program.    Students placed on a waiting list WILL have their application fee refunded in the event they are not placed into a program.
Filled Program has been filled and is no longer accepting applications.
Closed Program is not operating this year.


(2)  -  Program Type Legend
Home Stay A Host Family Program offers students housing in a host family‚Äôs home.   However, some activities, meals, and programming may be planned together as a group.   Host Family Programs allow for close contact between students and their hosts.   American homes are different from what many students are accustomed.    The informal relaxed atmosphere makes for a good experience.
Group Stay In Group Housing Programs, students are housed together in one location: at a church, church camp, or conference center, rather than in a home with a family.  Men and women have separate sleeping areas.    Most of the planned activities will take place with other students, however, students will be in homes for some meals and for short periods of time, such as Sundays, Christmas and New Years Day, and possibly will experience a short home stay with an American family.
Combination You will be living with a family for a few days during your stay.    The remainder of your visit will be in a group stay environment.


(3)  -  Stay Length Options Legend
One Week Only - First Week The location offers accommodations ONLY during the FIRST week of Christmas International House.   Students are expected to arrive at the start of the first week and depart at the end of the first week.      Refer to the individual location information for specific dates.
One Week Only - Second Week This location offers accommmodations ONLY during the SECOND week of Christmas International House.  Students are expected to arrive at the start of the SECOND week and depart at the end of the second week.    Refer to the individual location information for specific dates.
One Week Only - Either Week This location offers accommodations for ONLY one week during Christmas Interational House.    Students are permitted to select either the first week OR the second week.    Students are expected to arrive at the beginning of their selected week and depart at the end of their selected week.  Please note that certain planned activies may occur during one week only and may not be repeated during the other week.   Refer to the individual location information for specific dates.
Entire Program Only (Both Weeks) This location offers accommodations for the entire Christmas Interational House.    Students are expected to arrive at the beginning of the first week and depart at the end of the second week.   Refer to the individual location information for specific dates.
Multiple Choices This location offers accommodations for several options listed above.  Please indicate your selection in your application.    Students are expected to arrive at the beginning of their selected stay and depart at the end of the selected stay.   Refer to the individual location information for specific dates.