KML welcomes international students from several countries each school year.

For more information about our International Student Program, please email

KML is seeking families to host international students for the 2024-2025 school year. The number of host families that we have available determines the number of international student applications we will be able to accept. Host families receive a stipend of $800/month to provide housing, meals, and transportation from early to mid-August through the end of May.

KML’s international students are required to have a high level of English fluency, but may not be used to speaking English all the time. Many of them also experience American culture for the first time when they come to KML, and our foods and customs take time to get used to. Host families need to be patient, understanding, and open-minded about the addition of an international student to their family.

Applications for hosting for the 2024-2025 school year need to be submitted by April 25, 2024. If you are interested in serving as a host family, complete and submit the KMLHS Host Family Application.

Becoming a Host Family

The International Student Program at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School depends on host families who open their homes to students from Asia. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity for families to share their Christian faith.

Why Do Families Choose to Host?

Families host for a wide variety of reasons. At the center is the desire for the family to open its home to an individual who might otherwise never have the chance to learn of their Savior. Other reasons for hosting include learning of other cultures or participating in an exciting new experience.

What is Expected of Host Families?

Host families are expected to welcome an international student into their home as a member of the family and provide a caring home environment.

How Well Can International Students Speak English?

An international student’s academic success is dependent on the ability to communicate in the English language. For an applicant to be accepted, he or she must demonstrate English proficiency with an acceptable score on a standardized testing format.

What Are the Major Challenges for Host Families?

Most challenges involve cultural differences in communication styles or customs. Many families who have experienced such challenges find that, in time, they are resolved with patience and clear communication.

What are the Financial Arrangements for Host Families?

Students have their own funds available for expenses for which the host family is not responsible (for example, clothing, lunches at school,entertainment, personal items, etc.). Host families are compensated to offset expenses to provide room and board.

What is the Next Step?

If you would like to become a host family, please complete and submit the KMLHS Host Family Application.