Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I use the HOST program?

We ask that you limit the use of the program to five requests, so that we are able to accommodate as many students as possible. 

Is my spouse able to stay with me?

Many alumnus hosts welcome spouses. Please note on the registration form that you will be traveling with your spouse.

Can I stay with a HOST for more than one day?

Absolutely! We have had some alumni host students for a week while the student completed several interviews in the region. Other alumni have hosted students for three days just so the student could get a better travel rate on a Saturday flight.

We will work with our alumni volunteers to best suit your travel needs.

Who are the HOST volunteers?

All HOSTs are University of Iowa alumni. They have studied at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine as a undergraduate, graduate, resident, or fellow.

Where are alumnus hosts available?

We have coordinated hosts from almost every state. There are approximately 23,000 UI Carver College of Medicine alumni across the country, so there are likely hosts anywhere you need to travel.

What can I expect from the alumnus host?

We simply ask the alumni to provide overnight accommodations in their home. That said, many go above and beyond by offering transportation to and from interviews and airports, home-cooked meals, guided tours of the area, and invaluable professional insight on the regional medical community.

Every HOST experience will be different and we promise that you will benefit every time you choose to use the program.

How do I sign up to utilize the HOST program?

Fill out the student registration form to let us know when and where you will be traveling.

At least two weeks advance notice is much appreciated, but we understand that interviews change frequently and we will try to accommodate all requests.

Do I contact the alumnus host?

After you have completed the student registration form, we will contact the alumnus host and secure their interest and availability. We will then provide you with the alumnus' information.

It is then up to you to promptly contact your host and share the details of your travel and interview plans and arrange your stay. We ask that you contact them as soon as we give you their information so they know that you are definitely staying with them.

If plans change, you can always contact them again.

How far in advance should I contact my host?

Please contact your alumnus host as soon as we share their contact information with you.

If you are matched early, we recommend you follow up with your host again closer to the date of your travel.

What do I do if my travel or interview plans change or are canceled?

We understand that plans get altered and simply ask that you contact both us and your host as soon as possible regarding the change. 

Do I need to do anything after returning from using the HOST program?

We ask that you please send a thank you note to your alumnus host.

You are also welcome to take a thank you gift to the alumnus when you are staying with them, but by no means is it required. 

Who do I contact if I have questions about the HOST program?

Please contact Katie McKibben at or 1-319-335-8085.