Please note that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, many institutions have suspended on-campus instruction and are holding classes online until further notice. Due to increased travel restrictions, reduced visa services and public health quarantines, study abroad options may be affected. ApplyESL recommends contacting your program of interest and local embassy or consulate to obtain the latest updates.
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ESL Glossary



A meal plan where students receive two meals (Breakfast and Dinner) each day.

Health Certificate (Health Report)

The official results of a physical examination that is written by a doctor. In addition to this document, "Health Report" refers to your medical history, immunization records, eyeglass prescription, drug prescriptions, and a written record of any remedy that you use on a regular basis. The official documentation should be in English or you should bring translations with you.


A type of housing where an international student lives together and has meals with a host family. Through this experience, a student is able to directly participate in the host country's distinctive culture.

Host Country

The country where a student will be studying. Also called "destination country."

Host Family

A family native to the international student's host country that provides international students with housing and meals.

Host School

School where an international student studies.

House/Apartment Share

A living arrangement where one or more students live together in a private setting. Although more expensive than a Homestay or Dormitory, this is a popular option due to the large amount of privacy.