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Housing

Request for Housing Information

You should contact your school via e-mail if you have not received housing information despite your previous request. When contacting your school, provide your full name, the date you applied and course starting date in order to receive prompt attention. Explain to your school that you requested additional housing information and have not received a response.

E-mail Sample:

Subject: Request for Housing Information
Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to request information regarding your school’s housing options.

I was recently accepted to your Intensive English Program for the session beginning on September 1, 2010.

I have not yet received your school’s housing information despite my earlier request. Please send me information regarding your school’s housing options and its availabilities as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Henri Tatou



Request to Change Housing Option

Due to study abroad “high seasons,” the popular home stay housing option among students tends to fill-up quickly. It is crucial that you arrange your housing as soon as possible in order to guarantee a safe and comfortable living experience while studying abroad. If your preferred housing option is full and is no longer available, you must contact your school at once to select an alternate living arrangement.

E-mail Sample:

Subject: Request to Change Housing Option
Dear Sir or Madam:

I was recently accepted to your Intensive English Program for the session beginning on September 1, 2010.

I selected a homestay as my preferred housing option. However, I was recently informed the homestay option is no longer available.

I would like to choose dormitory housing as my second option. Please send me the appropriate information regarding your school’s dormitory housing including room availability, housing fees and possible pre-arranged meal plans.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Henri Tatou



Introduction Letter to Host Family

As you begin your preparations to study abroad, it is a good idea for you to write a simple letter to your future host family. It is important that you thank your host family for the opportunity to live with them during your time studying abroad. Letters are a great way to introduce yourself along with your hobbies and expectations in order to provide your host family with a better understanding of your character, preferences and points of view.

Letter Sample:

July 20, 2004

Mr. and Ms. Henderson
109-10 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375 USA

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Henderson,

Greetings from Paris!

Thank you very much for allowing me to stay with you as a home stay student beginning on August 1, 2010. I am very excited to experience living in your home while studying at ABC Language School.

I am a junior at Paris University majoring in International Business. I hope to earn an MBA degree in the United States after completing my undergraduate studies.

I have been told in a letter from ABC English Language School you enjoy watching baseball games. I am a big fan of Major League baseball, as well. I hope we will have the chance to go to a baseball game together.

I will leave for the U.S. on Sunday, August 1, 2010 on Air France Airlines Flight # 12 and will arrive at JFK Airport at 4:00 pm on the same day. The airport pick-up service arranged by my school will pick me up at the airport and take me directly to your house.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Henri Tatou