Innovative International Student Support Programming

Innovations in Residential Living

Institution Program Details
Bentley University

Global Living Centers

  • The Global Living Center (GLC) provides you with opportunities to connect with peers from around the world and learn about different cultures. Programs and events are designed to bring you together with classmates to discuss international issues, learn about the world economy, and share your own diverse experiences and ideas.
  • One hall in a first year dorm, as well as one apartment building designated as specialty housing for upperclassmen that mixes domestic, international, and exchange students. Students must apply and commit to engaging with fellow residents on internationally themed programming.
Dartmouth College

Global Village

  • The Global Village is a new Living Learning Community at Dartmouth. Students from around the world and from all class years can live together and explore global topics starting Fall 2014. The Global Village is open to all students regardless of background experiences with global perspectives.
  • Dartmouth's Global Village is a residential community offering an interdisciplinary, integrated learning experience that holistically equips students to thrive as ethical, engaged, and responsible world citizens and scholars. Living and learning together, residents of the Global Village aim to expand their worldview, hone their intercultural skills, and build relationships within a multicultural, multinational, and multidisciplinary community. Students have the opportunity to make the Global Village their home throughout their undergraduate career, enabling them to take full advantage of the opportunities it affords to explore complex international issues and engage in off-campus experiences, language and cultural exchange, interaction with faculty and staff, and focused reflection.
International Houses

International Students: Housing

  • The international house movement results in various types of housing options at universities across the U.S. Some are owned and operated by the campus (University of California at San Diego) and others are independent and serve one or many campus communities (Berkeley, California, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.).
Juniata College

Global Village

  • The Global Village is a globally themed living and learning community. The Global Village welcomes any and all students interested in learning more about other cultures through in-depth cultural interaction and community development. The Global Village includes the Intercultural Floor, La Casa Hispánica, Haus Wanderlus, Le Village Français and the Chinese Village.
  • Aside from the obvious benefits of being a member of a living and learning community with a common curricular element, you will have:
    • Global Village Budget – Used for special activities, cultural events, dinners, cultural excursions, and community events.
    • Community – Each space will have a Programming Coordinator who is there specifically to promote activities and foster a greater sense of community amongst residence and follow Global Village members.
    • Your own space – Intercultural Floor has a dedicated lounge where residents are encouraged to decorate and make it their own. The houses are traditional houses with a common living room, dining room, and kitchen.
Loyola Marymount University

International House of People

  • Beginning with the Fall 2000 school year, OISS was provided with one of the LMU houses on Loyola Blvd. for International Housing and Programming. The mission of IHOP is to provide students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding, and international friendship. The house consists of seven undergraduate students, international or domestic, with an interest in internationalizing the LMU community. Throughout the year, the house hosts various events and activities geared towards celebrating different cultures and regions of the world and planned by IHOP residents.
San Jose State

I-House: International House

  • International House is a co-ed residence for 70 US and international students attending San José State University. I-House accommodates residents from over 35 countries worldwide each semester. In general, our residents range in age from 17 to 35 years of age, study in a wide variety of programs offered on the SJSU campus, and enroll in graduate, undergraduate, and English language programs. As much as possible, roommates are matched according to compatible interests and personal habits. After the first semester at the I-House, residents have the opportunity to choose a roommate and designate a preferred room.
Tufts University

International House (I-House)

  • The International House (I-House) is a small residence for 18 students from all over the world, including the United States. The I-House offers an intercultural living arrangement for both international students and Americans with the goal of creating an environment in which residents can share their cultures and celebrate their differences among friends.
University of California at Berkeley

International House

  • International House is a program center and campus residence for students around the world, including the U.S. Our mission: to promote cross-cultural experiences and leadership skills for a world of greater understanding.
University of California at Los Angeles

Global Connection Council

  • The Global Connections Council's mission is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity in our residential living and learning community. Through programs and partnerships with organizations across campus, we are committed to providing resources and opportunities that can help students learn more about themselves, their cultural identities and those of others.
University of California at San Diego


  • International House at UCSD is a wonderfully vibrant on-campus community dedicated to the promotion of international awareness and intercultural understanding at UCSD and around the world! All UCSD students, faculty, staff and community friends are welcome to participate in our programs.
  • About 350 people from over 30 countries choose to make I-House their home each year. Residents, approximately half American and half international, include undergraduates from all six colleges, graduate students, and visiting scholars.
University of California at Santa Cruz


  • The iFloor is a residence hall floor of a mix of international first year students and US first year students who apply to live in this intentional intercultural community. This is a unique community which offers residents opportunities to make meaningful, lifelong friendships and connections that extend beyond borders. The iFloor is founded on the belief that the best way of forming intercultural friendships and fostering international understanding is through working, living, studying, and socializing with people from different backgrounds. Each room is made up of a diverse set of students from various cultural backgrounds. The staff and residents, together with the International Living Center (ILC) Apartment community, organize many special events designed to create a vibrant living and learning environment where all students are connected to one another.

International Living Center (ILC)

  • The International Living Center (ILC) is not just a place to live. It's a thriving community of residents from around the world living and learning together. A small community with only 100 students, the ILC offers a unique chance to live in an undergraduate apartment community made up of a mix of US and International students. It was founded on the belief that the best way to form intercultural friendship and to foster international understanding, is through working, living, studying, and socializing with people from different backgrounds. And that is true. With so many residents being a long way from home, a strong community is formed very quickly, with many residents developing life-long friendships. To that end, the ILC works together to organize many special events designed to create a global community among residents and to help new international exchange student adapt to living in the United States.
University of Chicago

International House

  • Founded in 1932 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House of Chicago is today one of seventeen members of the International Houses Worldwide network. For over 80 years, the International House of Chicago experience of international cultural exchange in a diverse community has transformed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
  • The mission of International House is to enable students and scholars from around the world to live and learn together in a diverse residential community that builds lifelong qualities of leadership, respect, and friendship. This mission is achieved by daily interaction among its residents through programs, facilities, and residential life designed to foster diversity of thought and experience.
University of Kentucky

Global Village

  • The Global Village community is open to first-year students from any major. Students live together and share cultural perspectives from around the world through the experiences of daily life and specialized programs.
  • Residents are enrolled in a special internationally focused section of UK 101, which combines Global Village students and international students. Special programs in the hall include international dinners, film nights and guest speakers. Global Village residents also participate in the International Festival, International Education Week activities and Cultural Diversity Festival programs.
  • The cultural exchange benefits everyone, Global Village members and international students alike. The close-knit setting and special programs also provide plenty of opportunities for students to interact with UK faculty and staff affiliated with the community.
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Global Crossroads

  • Global Crossroads is designed to challenge and motivate students whose interests, experiences, and aspirations have a strong international component. Both academic and co-curricular programs support the students' sustained engagement across cultural differences. The community of 120 students is co-educational with about equal numbers of international and domestic students. Just over 50 percent of the students have majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences followed by 22 percent from Engineering. Another five percent each come from the College of Business, Fine and Applied Arts, and Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.
  • With resources and support from University Housing, Student Affairs, and the Office of the Provost, Global Crossroads provides on-site courses with an international focus, a faculty speaker series, a guest-in-residence program, and specially designed programs emphasizing cross-cultural interaction with both intellectual and social dimensions.
University of Michigan

Global Scholars Program

  • The Global Scholars Program is a community in which U.S. and international students learn from one another both in and out of the classroom.
  • In this global living-learning community, education goes beyond classroom walls. By living together in the same residence hall, Global Scholars residents will be immersed in an ongoing intercultural experience.
  • All GSP students—domestic and international—live together in the same residential hall for the academic year, allowing students to learn from one another both academically and socially. GSP students are required to live in the Global Scholars halls in order to participate in the program.
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Students Crossing Borders Community

  • Students Crossing Borders brings international and domestic students together into a single living community that gives residents a global experience through interactive cross-cultural learning. Whether it is eating lunch with your roommate or participating in one of our regular community-wide events, this community will enhance your intercultural communication and knowledge of other peoples of the world!
University of Texas at Austin

International Housing Community

  • The International Housing Community is an opportunity to live with University of Texas students from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This unique housing experience provides residents with a variety of ways to interact with and befriend students from many parts of the world. They will have the opportunity to participate in social events, dinners, discussions, faculty mentorships, and residential programs, affording students the chance to learn about different cultures and to teach others about their own. The community of 100 students is co-educational with equal numbers of international and domestic students.
  • The International Housing Community provides unique opportunities such as faculty interactions and dinners within the residence hall. It also offers a close knit community built in to your living experience to enhance your connections to campus and peers, helping to make UT seem smaller and more like home. The multitudes of activities on campus can seem overwhelming at times, but IHC offers you a place to start being exposed to new people, languages, conversations, resources, faculty members, and more right where you live.

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