Have dinner once a week with an Italian family.
In Bologna and Milano!

There is a new way to live in Bologna and Milano. We know you have come here to Italy hungry for new experiences, and of course you want a taste of the Italian cuisine and culture.

DineHome offers this to you for free.

We know you came here hungry for new experiences and we want you to taste the Italian culture, for free.

Get out of the exchange student bubble.

We at DineHome believe that you don't really know a place until you meet with the locals. Being an international student in Bologna or Milano it's easy to spend the most of your time with the other exchange/Erasmus students and isolate yourself from the local people.

By participating to DineHome you will be able to break the ice with the local people and completely immerse yourself in a new culture.

Meet new people. Make new friends. Put yourself out there.

DineHome is directed at exchange students. We want to give you all the advantages of dining with a local family without over burdening your day to day routine. Thanks to DineHome, you are going to be able to discover how local people live in Bologna/Milano and you will eat just like real Italian's do.

Week by week through good food and attemtping to converse in a forgin language you will get to understand the culture of the country you’re living in. DineHome is the opportunity to get to know the local language better.

To students we offer a precious opportunity to enjoy a unique,  fun and educational experience with an Italian host family.

International students in Bologna/Milano have the opportunity to have dinner once a week with an Italian family throughout the duration of their stay.

How does it work?

Being a part of DineHome as a student consists of having dinner with an Italian family once a week. The dinner is held at the host familes house in order to welcome you to an Italian home and bring you closer to our culture. The dinner is kindly offered by the host family. You will be invited to visit the same family every week. The student-family match is fixed to give you the opportunity to build friendship with the family.
(For a proper cultural immersion, we suggest you to enjoy at least 10 meals together)

DineHome has no additional cost but for the transport to reach the host family house.

Keep in mind that DineHome is a solo experience and that usually Italian families are hosting you to practice your mother tongue language/English. If you are willing to practice your italian, remember that you are expected to speak English as well!

To participate you just have to sign up filling the application form, to let us know your preferences (language, day of the week, etc).

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Be assigned to your best match
Let the adventure begin
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Read our stories

DineHome has been active in bologna for many years.
Read the stories of students who already enjoyed the DineHome experience.


Personally, the best thing I got from this was the family connections and friendships I have with my host family that I know will last a long time!

Host mom

When I discovered about this project I talked about that at home. My eldest sons liked the idea immediately, to them it was like going out of home and discover new things.


The best experience that a student can gain from the Dine Home program is the opportunity to meet and build a relationship with someone who they would never meet otherwise.


What to expect

The families seeking the DineHome experience want to discover and grow up by opening themselves to new values.
Logistically, you can reach all families on foot or by bus.

Immerse yourself into the local culture
Practice your Italian with native speakers
Share your story and culture
Feel AT home
Make new friends

DineHome gives you the possibility to meet with a local family and take delight in sharing cultural and linguistic differences.

Can’t wait to have you in our community!

To participate you just have to sign up filling the application form below.
- the age limit to participate is 30 years old -
- no vegan, please!
Simply because the vegan dietary is really far away from the traditional Italian cuisine -

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