The International House

The University of Illinois Springfield International House provides a unique opportunity for qualified students to live with and learn from other students representing multiple countries, cultures, and languages. It is truly an immersion experience – meaning each student will live each day surrounded by the sounds, sights, smells, textures, and tastes of the countries represented by his or her roommates and housemates. Such an experience is usually only available through an extended period of living abroad. Now it is available right on campus.

The mission of the International House is: ” To create a living-learning environment where students 1) reflect upon their home culture, 2) develop the ability to share their personal knowledge and experiences as a member of that culture, and 3) learn about and accept the cultures, experiences, and personal Knowledge of other students.”

Students accepted for the program will live in a specially designated and newly renovated apartment in Bluebell Court. They will enjoy special meal options at World Affairs Council events and at UIS Ambassador Series events. They will also enjoy free admission to selected Sangamon Auditorium events and special cultural excursions. Weekly programs that they will help to lead will be funded by the International House including interesting dialogues with special guests, shared meals, music and media programs, etc.

The rent for the International House participants will be the same as for other Bluebell Court residents (for the nine months of the 2012-2013 academic year = $4950).

Additional information about the program can be found on the International House Flier.

Interested students should submit the following:

1) An International House Program Application to the Office of International Student Services

2) A regular UIS Housing Application to the Housing Office (or choose the International House on your renewal form)

The International House program is overseen by a Task Force composed of representatives from many offices and departments of the university, but day-to-day coordination is provided by the International House Coordinator(s). Any students interested in applying for this position should read carefully the IHC Job Description and should submit an application to the Task Force for consideration. The application period is currently open, and the deadline is April 3, 2012.

Any questions regarding the International House program should be addressed to the Office of International Student Services.

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