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Discover Atlanta

Discover Atlanta! ---a city with something to offer everyone. Experience Atlanta through one our scheduled tours or strike out on your own!

  • Visit the city's most popular tourism attractions
  • Take in culture and arts by visiting its world class museums
  • Relax in one of the city's beautiful green parks
  • Cheer for Atlanta's professional sports teams

For more detailed information about Atlanta's attractions, museums, parks and recreations, and sports tradition, see below. You may also review our Facebook Page to see some cool photos from our activities and tours. 

Atlanta a home to International Students
Atlanta skyline at night

Currently scheduled tours:

  • The Atlanta Experience Tour (ATL-Cruzers): Tour downtown Atlanta and its historic and eclectic neighborhoods by electric car with a professional tour guide! Each tour journey's 15 miles through the heart of Atlanta uncovering much of Atlanta's history and hotspots including: Inman Park In Atlanta's first planned Suburb, Old Fourth Ward - The Birth Place of the Civil Rights Movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Georgia Institute of Technology's Campus, and Midtown Atlanta - Where many of our city's newest restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs thrive!!
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • To book a tour contact mark@markshomestay.com
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Schools

Homestays are available for any student attending one of Metro-Atlanta's many universities and 18 English Language Programs. For English language learners, a homestay will help you practice your language training daily. For a degree seeker, a homestay provides you more opportunity to refine your language skills and build cultural knowledge needed to excel in the international job market. Please see our list below for recommend language and universities.

Local Schools
SchoolAddressWebsite
Atlanta English Institute
4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway
Dekalb Technology Center
Building 500, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30340
http://www.atlei.com/
Chattahoochee Technical College English Language Institute
Marietta Campus
9980 S. Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
http://www.chattahoocheetech.edu
English for Internationals
575 Colonial Park Drive
Roswell, GA 30075
http://www.eng4intl.com/
Georgia Tech Language Institute
151 Sixth St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0374
http://www.esl.gatech.edu/
ELS-Atlanta at the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
http://www.els.edu/en/ELSCenters/Detail?locid=ATL
Georgia State University Intensive English Institute
34 Peachtree St., Suite 1200
One Park Tower Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwiep/
Mercer University - Atlanta English Language Institute
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
http://international.mercer.edu/
Kennesaw State University Intensive English Program
1000 Chastain Road, #2701
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
http://www.kennesaw.edu/iep/home.php
Georgia Perimeter College ESL Clarkston Campus
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021-2361
http://www.gpc.edu/esl/#.UXfJ34U7vV0
Georgia Perimeter College ESL Dunwoody Campus
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338-4435
http://www.gpc.edu/esl/#.UXfJ34U7vV0
Education First: Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
http://www.ef.com/ils/destinations/united-states/atlanta/
Intensive English Program at the University of Georgia
126 Milledge Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
http://iep.uga.edu/
Talk Atlanta Midtown Center
1447 Peachtree Street Northeast #100
Atlanta, GA 30309
http://talkinusa.com
Atlanta International Language Institute
5825 Glenridge Drive
Building 2, Suite 118
Atlanta, GA 30328
http://www.languageatlanta.com/
Berlitz Language Center
3348 Peachtree Road Northeast #130
Atlanta, GA 30326
phone: (404) 261-5062
http://www.berlitz.us/language-training/international-students/
Iverson Institute
5522 New Peachtree Road
Suite 114
Chamblee, GA 30341
http://www.ii.edu/international.asp
Using American English https://plus.google.com/104424676143358371903/about?gl=us&hl=en usingamericanenglish.com
Interactive College of Technology-Morrow Campus
1580 Southlake Parkway
Morrow, GA 30260
http://ict.edu/english-as-a-second-language-certification/
Interactive College of Technology-Marietta
5303 New Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
http://ict.edu/english-as-a-second-language-certification/

Tourism

Atlanta has something for everyone! Explore Atlanta through one our schedule tours, or strike out on your own! Discover Atlanta!

Explore atlanta
take a tour of Atlanta: World of Coca-Cola & more

Attractions:

Georgia Aquarium

The world's largest aquarium with over 8 million gallons of water holding really big whales, sharks, and fish!

World of Coca-Cola

Explore the fascinating story of Coca Cola and its 125-year-old secret recipe. Yummy!

CNN Center

Get a behind the scenes look into the world's most far-reaching news network-CNN. Smile, you are on camera!

Zoo Atlanta:

Giant pandas, gorillas, monkeys, and lions-who could ask for more?

Culture & Arts:

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site:

Explore Atlanta's Civil Rights History, visit the birth and resting place of the MLK

The High Museum of Art

From its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, The High has grown from its origins as a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the southeastern United States.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

It's more than a museum - it's a journey. Explore cultural treasures, marvel at the largest dinosaur ever discovered, experience IMAX Theatre, and enjoy science interactives!

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum:

Did you know former U.S. President, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jimmy Carter is from Georgia? Explore the award-winning museum and library. Hey, maybe you will meet the President!

Fox Theatre

The Historic Fox Theatre (established 1929) is one of Atlanta's premiere venues for entertainment! Explore the intricate, Egyptian and "mosque" inspired décor of sultan-esque proportion.

Atlanta History Center

Learn why Atlanta is a special place! The History Center includes one of the southeast largest museums and more.

Parks & Recreation

Piedmont Park

Located in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park is Atlanta's New York City Central Park.

Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta hosted the Olympics in 1996, but we kept this beautiful park open to host community events, free concerts, and festivals.

Stone Mountain Park

Only 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, explore 3,200 acres of natural beauty! Climb to the top of this mile-high stone mountain, zip-line through trees, take a train, and view the firework and laser show!

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Learn about Atlanta's Civil War History, or climb to the top of Little or Big Kennesaw Mountain and enjoy one of the best views of the Atlanta skyline!

Grant Park

Gifted to the city in 1883, Grant Park is the oldest surviving park in Atlanta. Relax in the park's 131 acres - Run, Walk, or picnic!

The Beltline:

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive revitalization effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the U.S. This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.

Sports

Braves

Major League Baseball

Hawks

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Dream:

Women's NBA

Silverbacks

USL Soccer

PGA: Professional Golf Association

Atlanta host two major PGA events a year - yes, Tiger Woods will be there: 1) Atlanta Athletic Club, and (2) The Tour Championship @ East Lake.

For more detailed information, see the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

The neighborhoods

Mark's Homestay is your bridge to an authentic American experience. This is why we place you with families located in Metro-Atlanta's most unique, community-oriented neighborhoods where you will develop friendships with real Americans. Each neighborhood has its own distinct culture and traditions - take a moment to explore their uniqueness!

Mark's Homestay places our students as closest possible to their desired location and public transit. You have three main travel options to navigate Atlanta: Train, Bus, and Car.

  1. Train:
    The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority , commonly called "MARTA," is the principal rapid-transit system in Metro-Atlanta consisting of 48 miles of train track in the heart of the city. Cost, $2.50 per trip; $5.00 roundtrip. Most students can buy a discounted monthly-unlimited pass through their school. MARTA connects directly to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

  2. Bus:

    MARTA operates the bus-transit system in Atlanta, which serves a wider area than the rail system consisting of 91 bus routes. Cost, $2.50 per trip, $5.00 roundtrip with free bus-to-train transfers. Many students use a combination of bus and train to travel in the city.

  3. Car:

    Many Americans and international students travel by car. If you buy a car, you will need a Georgia Driver's License (DL) and car insurance. Contact your school advisor for more details. In general, you will need to pass a driver's test and bring the following documents to DDS http://www.dds.ga.gov/:

    1. IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS : I-20, passport, visa, I-94
    2. LETTER from your school's immigration advisor and
    3. TWO proofs of local address. Driving without car insurance in the US is a crime, punishable by fine or jail! !

Lastly, Taxi is the most expensive travel option.

Alternative transit: Mark's Homestay encourages more green forms of travel---walking or biking - if your homestay is close to your school. Both are great ways to learn the city! Check out The BeltLine project for a network of biking and hiking trails connecting every neighborhood in Atlanta.