Welcome to the Program Office
The I-House Program Office is here to create opportunities for residents to foster intercultural friendships and have fun through signature I-House events, student-initiated programs, trips, and activities.
We accomplish this by collaborating with I-House residents, Resident Council, the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, Resident Services, and the wider UC Berkeley community in order to build meaningful connections between I-House and its many stakeholders.
Signature I-House Programs
New Resident Orientation Retreats
This is an overnight retreat for new residents that helps them make the most of life at I-House and meet new friends.
One of I-House's oldest and distinctive traditions occurs three times throughout the academic year. This special gathering of residents, alumni and guests to share food, entertainment and friendship always brings something memorable. See photos.
Each Wednesday evening, residents gather in the Great Hall for coffee and treats. Residents can sponsor a special themed coffee hour that features their home countries’ cultural themes, music, and culinary specialties.
Host Family Program
Supporting your transition into American culture, get matched and connected with a host family and build relationships over the course of your stay at Berkeley and beyond.
Learn more: Host Family Program
I-House Got Talent
Showcase your special talents by becoming a part of I-House's performance roster. Join fellow-resident musicians, singers, dancers, and artists of all kinds who perform throughout the year. Residents create your profile here.
I-House Resident Council
Resident Council is an elected group of 12 residents who work collaboratively with the I-House Program Office to fund and shape the line up of educational, cultural, and social activities throughout the academic year. They also liaise with UCB administration on behalf of I-House residents.
Program Assistants (PAs)
A vital part of the Program Office team, Program Assistants plan and coordinate signature I-House events and its vibrant cultural program, and they support resident-initiated activities that aim to build community and bring people together.
Intercultural Leadership Development
Develop a global mindset and gain new skills that will enable you to adapt and thrive within any multicultural context. Learn more at: ihouse.berkeley.edu/cil
This media production initiative is dedicated to capturing and showcasing the experiences, interactions, and memorable moments of the I-House community.
To see films, visit www.facebook.com/InternationalHouseTV/
Social and Educational Activities
Resident-Initiated and Council Sponsored Activities
Funding and support is available from the Resident Council for residents to initiate programming ideas that bring the I-House community together.
Community Exploration and Tours
Explore with I-House all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, from natural beauty to historic landmarks. We also work with Rotary Clubs and other professional and trade organizations to deepen your understanding of the local community.
Performances and Sporting Events
I-House residents are lucky to be living in a metropolitan hub of art, music, and culture. The Program Office subsidizes group tickets for residents throughout the year, enabling you to check out music, theater or dance shows, or even one of four local professional sports teams!
Most Monday nights, residents and community members get together for Zumba or other fitness classes. Check the calendar for dates/classes.
Co-sponsored UCB Campus and Community Events
I-House works with various entities on campus and beyond to present notable speakers, scholars, and cultural programming in alignment with I-House mission.
Grants and Awards
Davis Projects for Peace
Residents can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to conduct community service projects around the world. Past projects have addressed issues related to safe drinking water, healthcare, and education.
Barbara Lynch Crossing Borders Essay Awards Program
Every spring semester, residents share powerful essays about the impact that living at I-House has had on their lives. Winners are spotlighted at the final Sunday Supper of the academic year. Read essays.
Kalpakam-Loraine Service Award
Through this special award, I-House residents are honored for volunteer community service that is performed outside of the house during the academic year.