International House (I-House) is a multicultural residential “living and learning” center of nearly 600 students and scholars from 70+ countries, including the U.S., who attend the University of California Berkeley. Our mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more peaceful world.
To promote this purpose, I-House features a wide variety of programs, including lectures, films, and festivals with an international focus. In addition, we offer leadership development of intercultural skills, which is available to residents, the campus, and the local community. These programs and trainings, which are held in our historic building adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, address problems and offer solutions to global challenges in a changing world.
Founded in 1930 with a charitable gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr., I-House is a non-profit organization with a remarkable history, and is part of a network of International Houses Worldwide.
I-House relies on philanthropic support from alumni, foundations, and corporate sponsors to provide room and board scholarships for students with financial need, preserve our historic home, and further its program offerings and trainings in service to its mission.
The I-House alumni network is more than 60,000 strong and includes notable alumni such as Nobel Prize winners, prominent political leaders, diplomats, scholars, and entrepreneurs.
We invite you to learn more about our history, our governing Board of Directors, new initiatives, and ways to participate and support our community.