Loved by ISSS staff, students, and scholars

Transform the way you welcome students and scholars. 

Easily Launch

Fully launch in days, not months

Homebase content and a seamless editing experience make it easy to launch your first module.

We'll help you launch by meeting weekly with your team until you are ready.  

Edit Content

Build

Homebase decreases your workload, from set up to ongoing support. Seamlessly and rapidly launch your modules with the personalized support of the Homebase team and a shockingly intuitive and easy to use platform. Get straight to customizing your course with the help of Homebase large library of free content.

  • Free Homebase content
  • Intuitive editing tools
  • High-touch, committed support
Edit Content

Launch

Simply send students or scholars the registration link and Homebase takes care of everything else. Never worry again about students and scholars being able to access the information they need.

  • Seamless access at any stage
  • SSO available
Edit Content

Track

Gain full visibility into students and scholars progress. Use integrations and automated reminders to provide a personalized touch without adding to your workload.

  • Automated workflows
  • Automated reminders
  • Detailed progress tracking
Edit Content

Maintain

Cut your ongoing workload in half. Reduce your time spent preparing for future orientations and seamlessly update content to launch next year’s orientation in minutes.

  • One intentional space
  • Eliminate repetitive work
  • Unlimited modules
Edit Content

Build

Homebase decreases your workload, from set up to ongoing support. Seamlessly and rapidly launch your modules with the personalized support of the Homebase team and a shockingly intuitive and easy to use platform. Get straight to customizing your course with the help of Homebase large library of free content.

  • Free Homebase content
  • Intuitive editing tools
  • High-touch, committed support
Edit Content

Launch

Simply send students or scholars the registration link and Homebase takes care of everything else. Never worry again about students and scholars being able to access the information they need.

  • Early access for students and scholars
  • SSO available
Edit Content

Track

Gain full visibility into students and scholars progress. Use integrations and automated reminders to provide a personalized touch without adding to your workload.

  • Automated workflows
  • Automated reminders
  • Detailed progress tracking
Edit Content

Maintain

Cut your ongoing workload in half. Reduce your time spent preparing for future orientations and seamlessly update content to launch next year’s orientation in minutes.

  • One intentional space
  • Eliminate repetitive work
  • Unlimited modules

The perfect addition to sunapsis or Terra Dotta

Homebase is the only platform that integrates directly with sunapsis. 

Engage and imrpove

A vibrant and collabortive ISSS community.

Join an engaging group of ISSS staff from universities across the country that collaborates on ways to improve pre-arrival and orientation.

  • Monthly meetups
  • Peer-to-peer connection
  • Create best-practice together

Frequently Asked Questions.

Why Homebase

Homebase reduces your workload in three primary ways.

  • First, students and scholars receive information in a more digestible and understandable way and so we see a significant decrease in questions that ISSS offices have to answer
  • Second, once you build your Homebase course it is available for every incoming cohort in the future and so you can spend far less time preparing for pre-arrival and orientation.
  • Third, the Homebase content library makes it easy to launch quickly.

Any university that is passionate about the student or scholar experience. Or really any university that wants to improve key metrics, like summer melt, first-year retention, student satisfaction scores, etc.

Here are some advantages that we hear from universities that have switched to Homebase from Canvas

  • Homebase is just easier–Easier to invite new users to, easier to update content, easier to customize the experience to your needs, easier to launch. It’s just easier. 
  • Homebase includes a mountain of free ISSS-created content. We have full pre-arrival and orientation templates for F-1, J-1, and H1-B, as well as templates for OPT and STEM OPT. The templates include engaging content created by professionals and include infographics, 25 videos, text, and more. Not only does this eliminate work for your office, it provides a more engaging and effective experience for students and scholars. 
  • Northwestern reported a nearly 50% drop in emails from scholars when they switched from Canvas to Homebase.
  • Automated workflows built specifically for ISSS use cases reduce your workload
  • Students and scholars can easily register for Homebase at any point, even before they receive their university credentials. This allows you to reach them much earlier.
  • Homebase has a native integration with sunapsis that creates a seamless experience for students and scholars.
  • Homebase provides detailed progress tracking so that you can more easily see the information you need to make ongoing improvements.
  • Homebase support responds within 24 hours (usually within 2 hours) and the Homebase team is specifically committed to the ISSS community
  • The marginal cost of adding users to another system is usually much more expensive than using Homebase.
  • Homebase includes a full suite of community-building features, including discussion boards, events management, newsletters/announcements, direct messaging, group messaging, emails, and more.
  • Homebase facilitates a collaborative and active community of ISSS professionals continually working to improve. 

The most common uses include:

  • F-1 student pre-arrival and orientation
  • J-1 pre-arrival and orientation
  • Study abroad pre-departure
  • Training department staff or faculty
  • OPT /STEM OPT
  • Job placement training
  • Domestic student populations
 

Implementation

We do! When you sign up for Homebase you’re not creating alone–we want to make sure you are successful. All universities have access to free- one-on-one sessions where we work with you to build and launch your course. You also gain access to monthly community conversations and resources within the Homebase platform.

Keep in mind that you do not need ANY technical expertise to succeed with Homebase. We KEEP IT SIMPLE.

You can launch within hours. You can customize to whatever extent you see as appropriate. Some universities complete their first modules within a few hours while others really go the distance to customize the platform to their needs. We recommend starting simple.

Contact us and we’ll get you set up!

Yes. Well, as much as possible. After working with thousands of students, we have learned that they will engage far more effectively if it is required, or at least if they believe it is required. If your office is not able to require it, then we recommend that you indicate that it is required in the way you communicate with students and scholars. Example, “This required pre-arrival module must be completed by [date].”

Community

Yes. We are passionate about improving the student and scholar experience, even at institutions that don’t work with Homebase. Everyone is invited! Reach out through our Contact us page.

The Homebase Marketplace is our attempt to solve many of the logistical challenges that international students face while reducing your workload. How many times have students asked you about finding housing, or which cell phone plan you recommend? The marketplace is also one way we are working to keep the cost of Homebase as low as possible to the university.

Access and Support

All support questions are responded to within one business day. One way we reduce your workload is by having students and scholars submit requests directly to Homebase support through the Homebase platform rather than sending yet another email to your office.

Admins will retain full access, including viewing and exporting data. Existing student and scholar users will have continued access. No new users will be able to gain access.

Yes. We are compliant with WCAG Level AA standards. Email support@english3.com to view our VPAT or HECVAT.

You can review our privacy policy here.

No. Homebase uses only US-based AWS server infrastructure.

Yes. Reach out to support@english3.com for more information

Yes. We don’t pull any crazy gimmicks to try to get you to stay. Your information is yours forever and you can export all of your information in minutes with our simple export functionality.