The University of Alberta International House (I-House) is part of an international affiliation of International House 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. Each academic year, the I-House accommodates 154 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 Community 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 regular global education session, led by the Global Education Coordinator. 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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