The University of Alberta International House (I-House) is part of an international affiliation of International Houses Worldwide, which seeks to provide students from various countries and cultures an opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international friendship.
A global community at home
Since its opening in 2004, U of A I-House has been home to students from several different countries. In the 2007-2008 academic year, the I-House accommodated approximately 150 students from over 40 countries.
In light of this diversity, living at I-House means sharing in an international potluck dinner with your floormates, learning a new language, exploring cultural customs and traditions, and enjoying casual conversations with world leaders. Both Canadian and international students are welcome.
The uniqueness of I-House is not only in its diversity of residents, but also the offering of programs and events that are committed towards developing intercultural awareness. Programming is resident-driven, supported by staff and structured around a series of core events. For instance, I-House residents are represented by a voluntary Spokes Council, which works with Resident Assistants, a Residence Coordinator and a Global Education Coordinator, to plan and implement the House's programs.
One of the pillars of I-House programming is a weekly global education session, which is led by a Global Education Coordinator and assistant. Sessions are optional for all residents and include various events such as intercultural communication workshops, film nights, dance, yoga and cooking lessons.
See what some I-House residents had to say about their time there:
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