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Programs and Activities

Come live at I-House or become a member and immerse yourself in an international community, network with world and community leaders, and impact society for the better through our cross-cultural events, workshops, and activities that promote I-House's mission. For all programs and community events see our calendar of upcoming events.

Programs open to all

Programs for Residents

Intercultural Education & Training
SpringFest
Develop a global mindset and gain sets of skills that will enable you to adapt and thrive within any multicultural context.
Orientation Retreats
Retreats
An overnight retreat for new residents to make the most of life at I-House and meet new friends.

Community Trips & Tours
I-House residents can experience life outside Berkeley through visits with Rotary Clubs and other professional and trade group organizations.

Border Crossing Essay Contest

Essay Contest Winners 2013
Residents share powerful essays about how living at I-House impacted their lives.

Film Series
Films explore controversial topics through investigative journalism. Reporters, directors, and producers of these films often conduct Q&A sessions after screenings.
Sunday Supper
Sunday Supper
I-House's oldest tradition, this festive meal features a guest speaker, performances by residents and a candlelight ceremony.

Speaker Series
Lectures and Q&A sessions with prominent experts, faculty members, and thought leaders explore barriers of bringing peace to global society.

Davis Projects for Peace
Residents can apply for $10,000 grants to conduct community service projects around the world. Past projects have addressed issues related to drinking water, healthcare, education, and other basic needs.

Host Family Program
Learn about a new culture first-hand by hosting one of our residents for a day, or during the holidays.Cultural exchange at its best!

I-House Music Club
Join fellow talented resident musicians, singers or dancers to perform at concerts. Be the next "International Idol!"

Social Dance
Most Monday nights, residents and community members get together to learn popular dances. Check the calendar for dates/classes.
Kalpakam-Loraine Service Award
I-House residents are honored for volunteer community service performed outside of the house throughout the academic year.
Co-sponsored Events
I-House works with UC-Berkeley's academic departments to present notable speakers such as activists, film producers, novelist and religious scholars.
Residents Speakers Bureau
Residents can improve their public speaking skills and share cultural experience and interests with Bay Area residents.
Coffee Hours
Each week on Wed. evenings, residents gather in the Great Hall for coffee and treats. Special Coffee Hours feature cultural themes, music and specialties.