Signature Programs

The I-House Program Office creates opportunities for residents to foster intercultural friendships and have fun through an array of programming, which has included signature I-House events, educational and cross-cultural programs, resident-initiated events, and off-campus trips. 

For Fall 2021, I-House plans to offer meaningful and impactful programs in keeping with the I-House experience and its traditions. Our programs will be offered in accordance with health and safety protocols, and with the prevailing campus policies. We will honor the spirit of each signature program, like the New Resident Orientation, Sunday Suppers, and Coffee Hour. Residents can expect our programs to be virtual, a hybrid or fully in-person based on the campus health and safety framework.

Signature I-House Programs

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour

Residents have traditionally gathered in the Great Hall for coffee and treats each Wednesday evening. Residents have sponsored special themed coffee hours that feature their home countries’ cultural themes, music, and culinary specialties.

Friendship Families Program

Formerly known as the Host Family Program,  the I-House Friendship Families Program was created to forge memorable relationships between I-House residents and families through the simple, yet invaluable, gift of friendship. Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will explore a virtual version of Friendship Families during the Fall semester 2021. The program seeks to connect I-House residents with a family from the San Francisco Bay Area, with recent alumni, or with families of recent alumni.

New Resident Orientation Retreats

New Resident Orientation Retreats

Orientation Retreats have traditionally been an overnight retreat for new residents that helps them make the most of life at I-House and meet new friends.

Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper

One of I-House's oldest and most distinctive traditions has occurred multiple times throughout the academic year. This special gathering of residents, alumni and guests have shared food, talent, and friendship.

Global Homecoming

Global Homecoming
A day of unique I-House experiences, scrumptious international foods, a residents’ fashion show, and much more. Global Homecoming has taken place the Sunday after the Homecoming football game. We celebrated the first-ever virtual Global Homecoming on Sunday, October 20, 2020. Watch a video of the highlights.
From All Corners: Stories from I-House Residents

Check out the 2019-20 podcast series, From All Corners, featuring stories from I-House residents.

Additional Programs

The Program Office has also supported resident-initiated programs in collaboration with the Resident Council and in collaboration with organizations like Rotary Clubs to deepen our residents understanding of our local communities. The Program Office has also offered several popular programs and trips around the San Francisco Bay Area to explore the performing arts, sports, and the outdoors.

Residents Hiking

I-House Hiking Trip

Intramural Sports

I-House Soccer Team


Access to shows and other activities