American Homestay Network – Tampa and Orlando

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center, it is also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. Busch Gardens is an African-themed amusement park with thrill rides and animal-viewing areas. The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination.

Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both.

Fun Facts About Tampa and Orlando  

  • Tampa is home to the world’s longest continuous sidewalk.
  • Tampa is home to Florida’s largest port.
  • In Tampa, there is much more to the region than simply beaches and theme parks.
  • A massive pirate festival has been taking place for over 100 years!
  • Lots of popular movies are filmed in Tampa.
  • The official nickname of the city of Orlando is “The City Beautiful”, although it is also known as “O-Town”.
  • There are more than 500,000 higher education students within a 100 miles radius, providing a rock-solid talent pipeline for companies in Orlando.  
  • Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes.  
  • Orlando has over 100 parks and 21 community centers.

Homestay Partner Institutions in Tampa and Orlando


Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College of Florida offers more than 200 programs. The College takes a student-centered approach to education, with small classes taught by experienced professors whose first priority is teaching. The College provides many services, such as advising, career assistance and tutoring to help students become successful. With more than 50 student clubs and organizations to choose from and a full schedule of cultural and recreational activities each term, you will get the full college experience at Seminole State. The College is located in beautiful Sanford, Florida just north of Orlando.

English Language Institute at Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College’s English Language Institute (ELI) is an intensive language program for international students whose native language is not English. The non-credit program focuses on improving English for academic, personal and professional goals. The program offers a strong academic focus, excellent instructors, and various educational trips to natural parks, museums, historic sites, and much more. The friendly atmosphere allows ELI students to easily make new friends from all over the world while improving English. ELI is located on the beautiful campus of Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. The city offers a great location and warm, sunny weather all year.

CCLS Orlando

CCLS Orlando is an ESL school that is located near major theme parks (Disney and Universal) in Orlando, Florida. Students will be able to improve their English while they enjoy the various activities that Orlando has to offer.

Other Colleges and Universities in Tampa and Orlando

University of Tampa

University of South Florida

University of Central Florida

Explore the City

Try a Meetup!  

Meetup.com is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups.  You can join groups based on your interests.  It is a great way to meet new people in Tampa and Orlando.  

Weather

Tampa’s year-round semitropical climate is free from many of the extremes found elsewhere.

Orlando lies about 50 miles from the Atlantic to the east, 75 miles from the Gulf Coast to the west, and about 375 miles from the tip of the Florida Keys. Abundant sunshine and warm temperatures are the norm.

History and Demographics

Tampa History

Tampa Demographics

Orlando History

Orlando Demographics