American Homestay Network – South Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach)

South Florida is a region of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southernmost part of the state.  South Florida includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach areas and is the only part of the continental United States with a tropical climate.  There are many great ESL schools, High Schools and Universities in this area.  Come study in the sunshine State!         

Fun Facts About South Florida

  • Miami is the most southerly major city in the continental United States.  
  • The art deco nightclub district in South Beach is regarded as one of the best in the world.  
  • Fort Lauderdale is called The Venice of America.  
  • Beachgoers can enjoy Palm Beach County’s nearly 50-mile shoreline year around.  Offshore, divers and snorkelers will find more than 20 teeming reefs in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream.  
  • Clean beaches with pristine sand are the hallmark of this coastal destination.
  • Winter in South Florida is a dream for snowbirds and all other warm-blooded mammals.  
  • The average low temperature in January is 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and the city receives over 3,000 hours of sunshine every year!

Homestay Partner Institutions in Miami and Nearby South Florida

Atlantis University

Atlantis University is located in Miami, Florida. The University offers degree and diploma programs in the business and technology fields. At Atlantis University, innovation, global focus, and a humanistic approach are all core values contributing to a unique educational model. The University’s flexible schedule, rich curriculum, experienced faculty members, and supplemental academic resources are all in place to help students achieve their educational goals and long-term professional objectives.

Atlantis Language Institute at Atlantis University

Atlantis Language Institute (ALI) is located on the campus of Atlantis University in Miami, Florida. ALI’s flexible scheduling, experienced faculty, small class sizes, and innovative course curricula all work together in order to provide students with fast access to the English language tools they need to enhance their communication as a bilingual speaker.


CCLS – Cultural Center for Language Studies is located in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida (Miami).  CCLS offers unique and exciting ESL programs and foreign language programs.

Conservatory Prep School

Conservatory Prep School is the only private school of its kind in the Fort Lauderdale area.  The school fosters creativity and critical thinking through the arts, hands-on experiences and problem-based learning, while emphasizing strong research, math, writing, and technology skills.  Conservatory Prep serves students in grades 7th through 12th.

Divine Savior Academy

Located in Miami, Florida, Divine Savior Academy offers students from around the world college-preparatory academics in a Christian environment. Students in the Divine Savior Academy International Program grow academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally in a multicultural setting.

Face to Face Learning Center

Face to Face Learning Center is an ESL school that is located in beautiful Doral, FL. Doral is located just a few miles from the exciting Miami and South Beach areas. Face to Face Learning Center provides services and instruction for its students on an individualized and personal level. The school maintains a dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to facilitating the objectives of their students.

Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School

Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School is a family-owned and family-oriented college preparatory school and has been for over 30 years. Fort Lauderdale Prep students receive personalized education in a private school setting. Students gain confidence as they learn and share knowledge with others. Students prepare to shape the future of the world from within the boundaries of the Fort Lauderdale community campus.

Hollywood Christian School

Hollywood Christian School (HCS) is a private Christian School in Hollywood Florida. The city of Hollywood is located in Broward Country and is easily accessible from the major cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. HCS has approximately 380 students in grades 2K through 12. As a ministry of the Hollywood Community Church, HCS provides a kingdom-centered education. The school maintains a faculty of Bible-believing Christians who are dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the families of their community. The school places an emphasis on character, leadership, innovativeness, and interpersonal skills. HCS believes that education should be relevant to 21st century students and strives to provide answers to real-world problems.

Hola Mundo Camp

Hola Mundo Beach Camp offers a variety of sports on the beach including beach soccer, beach volleyball, dodge ball, capture the flag, relays and much more. Their water sports include boogie boarding, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, skim boarding, and kayaking. The Camp also offers Lifeguarding certifications, swim instruction and scuba diving certification. In addition, their program offers language lessons through different arts activities, including dancing, singing, culture, beach arts and crafts and sand sculpting. Their age-appropriate educational games that promote language acquisition is also offered to their campers.

International Preparatory School – English Language Academy

International Preparatory School is located in beautiful Deerfield Beach, FL. Deerfield Beach is short distance from major cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. IPS is an ESL school specializing in an intensive English program targeted for internationals students from diverse cultural backgrounds. You will not only enjoy beautiful sunny Florida but also improve your English in a short amount of time.

Jose Maria Vargas University

Jose Maria Vargas University is a postsecondary institution that provides educational programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate levels. The University serves the culturally diverse students of South Florida who live and work in an increasingly populous, international environment. Jose Maria Vargas University offers programs that are both research-academic and career-oriented in their focus. Among all its programs of study, the goal of the University is to promote a high-quality education in which students acquire the critical thinking and conceptual skills, as well as the knowledge and interpersonal skills to function in their careers.

Kaplan Medical

For foreign doctors looking to prepare for the USMLE and your U.S. Medical Residency, Kaplan Medical offers an in-depth training program with first-rate centers, expert instruction, and friendly staff to help you achieve success on USMLE and enjoy a rich, cultural experience in the United States. AHN provides students a great place to start their time with a welcome package and hosts near campus that allows students to begin their medical prep, worry-free. Kaplan Medical’s Miami center is located near the University of Miami in Coral Gables.


Lingua Language Center

The Lingua Language Center at Broward College combines Lingua’s proven track record of successful language learning since 1998 with the extensive academic resources of the second largest institution of Higher Education in South Florida. Our two Centers are located in two of the most fascinating South Florida Cities: Fort Lauderdale & Weston.

Millennia Atlantic University

Located in beautiful Doral, FL, Millennia Atlantic University (MAU) has a centralized focus on providing its students with a business school that can take them to new heights. The students can discover their true potential while earning a Business degree that is recognized worldwide. MAU offers a small classroom setting ensuring individual attention from a dedicated faculty and staff. MAU offers international real-world approaches to learning, faculty with industry experience, a unique multicultural curriculum, a family-oriented environment and career development.

NS Aviation

Since 1999, NS Aviation’s goal has been to provide top quality personalized flight training services to ensure its students become knowledgeable, skillful and safe pilots. The flight school is located at the North Perry Airport in sunny Florida.


Sunrise Languages Academy

Sunrise Languages Academy is an ESL and foreign Language academy located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In walking distance from the beach and The Galleria Mall. They offer a variety of unique language immersion programs, which include activities and excursions.They specialize in a natural and organic communicative approach and cater to each client’s linguistic needs/goals with unparalleled compassion and enthusiasm!

Wayman American Flight Training

Wayman Aviation’s mission is to change lives through aviation.  Wayman takes passionate cadets and helps them achieve their dreams through rigorous training in quality aircraft, with quality instruction. Over the last 30 years, Wayman has developed into one of the premier flight training institutions in South Florida partnering with Miami-Dade College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Pan Am Academy.  The school offers full career preparation including FAA certification, college degrees, type ratings, and flow through to airlines such as Sky West (American, United, Delta) and Silver Airways. Wayman also offers the best pilot shop in Miami and high quality aircraft maintenance. If your dream is an office with a view at 30,000 feet, Wayman can help you get there.

Colleges and Universities

University of Miami

Florida International University

Florida Atlantic University

Palm Beach State College

Explore the City

Try a Meetup! 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 South Florida.   


You can almost always tip your hat to the end of another perfect day in South Florida.  The climate has always been the most important natural resource, which is reflected in its official nickname, the “Sunshine State”.  

History and Demographics

South Florida History

South Florida Demographics