Texas Tech University

Living with a Spanish Host Family

Living with a host family is an integral part of the program and can be a very rewarding experience. Families not only provide full room and board and laundry services, but they also provide an opportunity to practice Spanish extensively outside of class as well as offer students a unique insider's glimpse into Spanish culture not easily replicated by any other experience. Spanish host families are carefully screened and monitored by the on-site staff. During orientation and through orientation materials, students are given guidelines to help them successfully integrate with their host families.


The best part of it all was getting to know my host family! They have been so gracious in teaching me about their city as well as putting up with all of my Spanish fumbles this semester. 


—Maecy, Spring 2023.

My favorite part of the experience so far besides getting to travel all around Europe has been cultivating a relationship with my host mom 

Allison, Spring 2023.

They have incorporated me into their family and have made my time here something I will never forget. We have had movie nights, crafting nights and hang out together every evening after dinner. 

Allison, Spring 2023.

I ate more in Spain at my house than I ever have in my whole life!

Lisa, Summer 2014.

I felt like I was part of the family from the moment I arrived.

Amanda, Summer 2014.

My host mom really made my experience what it was. I had a fantastic time living with her.

Brandon, Fall 2013.


We are aware of living with a host family is intimidating at first, but it becomes one of the highlights of students during their time at the TTU Center in Sevilla.  
Most host families that work with the TTU Center in Sevilla have worked as host families 5+years, some of them have been working with the TTU Center since it started back in 2001. The host families go through a screening and interview process with the staff before they have students. 
The housing coordinator does a job of pairing a student with a family that accommodates the most needs of the student, focusing first on the dietary requirements and allergies that students may have.