International House offers diverse cross-cultural programs to help students, scholars, and Duke community members from all over the world learn from each other and become open-minded global citizens.
Connect. Learn. Grow. (CLG Series) Workshop Series
Connect. Learn. Grow. (CLG) Workshop Series provides richer and deeper level of information and advice beyond our regular orientation. Often times international students and scholars are overwhelmed by so much information they get during orientation period, and many pieces of valuable information may get lost. IHouse offers international students and scholars further opportunities to learn how to navigate their life at Duke and in Durham.
Spring 2017 schedule (Thursdays 5:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm)
Jan 19 Music at Duke: Opportunities to Listen and Engage
Jan 26 Dine & Learn with Duke Recreation & Physical Education!
Feb 2 Are you Ready for Some Football? American Football 101
Feb 9 Play More: Learn about Durham Parks and Recreation
Feb 16 Volunteering in the U.S. & opportunities on/off Campus
Feb 23 History of National and State Parks in US
Mar 2 Basketball in the U.S. & March Madness
Mar 9 Field Trip to nearest National Park
(This is a tentative schedule which is subject to change if needed)
We are looking for a volunteer who will write a blog post for IHouse after attending our CLG workshops. If you are interested in contributing, please email SangHee Jeong at firstname.lastname@example.org including the workshop you want to attend and write about.
If you need more information about a specific CLG topic, please keep an eye on the IHouse announcements on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/Duke.IHouse). If you have ideas for new topics, please let us know. Contact I-House at email@example.com for more information.
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Duke Language Partners
The Duke Language Partners program matches non-native speakers with native speakers of various languages for weekly conversation exchange. You can meet with your language partner anytime depending on your schedules, but we recommend you to meet at least once a week. Through the program, you can practice a foreign language, learn about another culture and gain language-tutoring experience as well. Please email Sanghee Jeong for more information.
Apply to be a Duke Language Partner.
Download the Duke Language Partners Brochure.
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English Conversation Club
Each Monday from 5:15 to 6:15pm, International House provides a casual, small-group setting where all members of the Duke community--students, scholars, spouses, and staff--can practice conversational English.
Topics include American culture, social systems, and issues related to daily life. Come and you will have chances to share your experience in the U.S. with others. Through discussions in small groups, you will also learn about other cultures from various countries.
Continued attendance is not necessary but recommended.
For 2016 Fall semester, the club meetings will be held from Monday, September 12 until Monday, December 5. No registration is required. Just come to International House, 300 Alexander Ave. on C2 bus route and come to the programming area through the backdoor of the house.
Please email Sanghee Jeong for more information.
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Spanish Conversation Club
Are you interested in speaking the second-most spoken and studied language in the United States? Practice your conversation Spanish and meet people from around the world, including native Spanish speakers. Our conversations are informal and interesting.
Every Monday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at International House. For more information, contact Luis Vergara.
Check out Spanish Conversation Club Facebook page.
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Chinese Conversation Club
Are you learning Chinese? Do you want to practice the language and learn more of the Chinese culture? Come and join our brand new Chinese Conversation Club.
We recommend that you have basic knowledge of Chinese language (equivalent to Chinese 101) so that you can enjoy conversation in Chinese.
Native Chinese speakers are welcome to participate as volunteers and help learners from other cultures to improve their Chinese.
Questions? Email Sanghee Jeong for more information.
Duke Chinese Conversation Club Facebook Page!
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International Friends Program
The International Friends Program pairs incoming internationals with locals to promote friendship and culture exchange. Local citizens may wish to learn more about another country, reconnect with a country in which they have lived or traveled, or assist someone settling in to life in Durham. Internationals may wish to learn about U.S. and local culture, customs, traditions and daily life.
Applicants are matched based on interests. Participants must commit to continuing their partnership for one academic year. Friends are expected to meet for at least 3 times per semester.
Please email Paige Vinson for more information.
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Global Café is a weekly informal gathering that brings together members of the Duke community - students, international scholars, exchange students, spouses and staff!
Come to the International House to join old friends or make new ones over FREE coffee, tea, and pastries!
WHERE? International House, 300 Alexander Ave. You can park at the back of IHouse, or you can reach us by taking C2 bus (East-Central-West bus) from the bus stop in front of Duke Chapel.
WHEN? 9:30 -10:30 am on Fridays
Come and take a bite out of our delicious world!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Meet Your World At Duke Series
We have the opportunity to learn about people and cultures from all over the world since we have international students, scholars, and spouses from over 107 countries here at Duke.
This series runs every Spring!
In this series of presentations, international spouses will share their culture, religious customs, cuisine, arts, and history with you. We will attempt to represent diverse cultures through different speakers each month.
Last Program of 2017:
April 28, 2017 Friday - Estonia
Questions: email@example.com or 919.684.3585.
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Crossroads Student Advisory Council
Crossroads Student Advisory Committee is on hiatus for Academic Year 2016 - 2017.
What is the Crossroads Student Advisory Council?
The Crossroads Student Advisory Council (CSAC) is comprised of first-year students from diverse communities with an interest in bridging the cultural gap between domestic and international students at Duke.
We have biweekly open dialogues about issues pertaining to Duke’s campus as well as discussions focusing on personal identity including cultural backgrounds and experiences.
Through these dialogues, guest speakers, panels, and interactive activities, students will gain a richer understanding and foster an appreciation for the similarities and differences amongst members of the Duke community.
Who should apply? First-year undergraduate students who are interested in:
• Bridging the gaps between domestic and international students
• Incorporating diverse perspectives into their university experience
• Connecting with other first-year students from various backgrounds
As a result of participating in CSAC, students will:
• Develop a sense of community with other first-year students
• Hear, explain, and discuss issues pertinent to the campus climate
• Connect to resources on campus
Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 13, 12:00am (midnight)
Meeting Dates & Location:
- Wed. Sept. 23, 7:00 – 8:00pm – East Campus Gazebo
- Wed. Oct. 7, 7:00 – 8:00pm - IHouse
- Wed. Oct. 21, 7:30pm - 8:30pm - CMA
- Wed. Nov. 4, 7:00 – 8:00pm - IHouse
- Wed. Nov. 18, 7:30pm - 8:30pm - CMA
- Wed. Dec. 2, 7:00 – 8:00pm – IHouse
Spring dates will be announced after Fall Break
CSAC is a collaboration between the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the International House.
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Find Your Voice Retreat for Asian Female Students at Duke
Find Your Voice is a full-day retreat for Asian female students who want to reflect on the challenges they are facing at Duke and find their own voice to be their own true self.
Some highlights of the retreat include reflection on current feeling, sharing experiences/thoughts, having an Asian female faculty member for a group advising/Q&A session, and training on boosting confidence.
This program is offered by International House in collaboration with the Women's Center with the financial support of Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative.
This program is currently on hold. The details of the new program will be announced. Stay tuned!
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Global Engagement Program
Engaging with international students and helping them acclimate to American culture is a great asset for domestic students’ professional and leadership development. Expanding your knowledge about other cultures and navigating how to socialize and work with people of different cultural backgrounds is a valuable learning experience, especially in an increasingly globalized job market.
International House, in collaboration with the Career Center, has developed the Global Engagement Program to provide domestic students with beneficial interactions with international students and scholars at Duke, and to prepare them to be true global citizens who make positive impacts around them.
In the Global Engagement Program, selected students will be involved in International House educational activities for a semester and receive training on cross-cultural awareness and communication, as well as career and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the program, students will get a certificate that is officially endorsed by International House and the Career Center, which can be used to strengthen their resume.
Participation in Other IHouse Programs:
Students will commit to a three-hour per week participation for a semester from among the options below:
- Duke Language Partner Program (1 hour/week): Help your language partner to learn English or other native language you might be able to offer. You can schedule with your language partner when to meet.
- Conversation Club (Mondays 5:15-6:15 pm): Lead small group discussions on American culture and social system. You can also learn about many aspects of other cultures through this conversation club.
- Spanish Conversation Hour (Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm): Learn Spanish language with a native speaker, or help other participants learn Spanish if it is your native language.
- Chinese Conversation Club (Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 pm): Practice Chinese and learn about the culture, or help other participants learn Chinese if it is your native language.
- Global Café (Fridays 9:30-10:30 am): Join us for good coffee, pastry and casual conversations with people from all over the world.
- Give a presentation on American Culture at Connect.Learn.Grow workshop series for internationals at Duke.
** Spanish/Chinese language club participation requires basic knowledge of the language equivalent of class 101 level.
There will be three training sessions offered in Global Engagement Program (GEP).
- Global Awareness Training (early September, 2017): Participants will have an opportunity to assess their intercultural competency. After the training, they will keep a journal reflecting on their experience with people from other cultures, which will be reviewed in the last training session.
- Career and Leadership Development with Global Perspectives (mid October, 2017): The Career Center and University Center Activities and Events will each deliver a career counseling/training session and a leadership session tailored for the GEP participants.
- Global Engagement Action Plan (lend of November, 2017): Participants will reflect on and share their experiences. They will identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make an action plan to be more open engaging global professionals.
Upon successful completion of GEP, participants will receive an official recognition for their work with a certificate endorsed by both International House and the Career Center.
How to Apply & Selection Timeline:
Please submit your resume and a letter of interest to SangHee Jeong at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is March 20th, 2017.
Through this program, domestic students will be able to:
- Deepen their leadership and global social skills by interacting with people from various countries and helping them understand American culture and social structures for a sustained period time.
- Increase their knowledge of other cultures and social organizations, preferably including other languages as well.
- Understand and adopt pluralism in their life - recognizing different perspectives arising from various cultural backgrounds, which can be especially valuable when applied to their future professional and personal relationships.
- Demonstrate their ability to abide by strong work ethics through the GEP required commitment of at least one semester with a three-hour per week schedule.
- Strengthen their resume with a strong service and civic/global engagement component, demonstrated by the GEP Certificate.
This program is for you if you:
- Are open-minded to other cultures and willing to learn from interacting with international students and scholars
- Would like to expand your career options with global perspectives and exposure to cross-cultural experiences
- Want to prepare yourself before going abroad through DukeEngage or Study Abroad programs
- Want to continue your global experience and keep the foreign language skills you have obtained abroad
- Enjoy cultural diversity and are seeking opportunities for global engagement within Duke and Durham
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International Education Week
International Education Week (November 13-17, 2017) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare students for the global environment as well as attract students and scholars from around the world to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Duke will host a variety of events to celebrate International Education Week. Detailed information about these events will be announced.
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International House Orientation Peer (IHOP)
IHOP Training Schedule Spring 2017
What is an International House Orientation Peer (IHOP)?
IHOPs are undergraduate students with an interest in meeting new students from all over the world and helping them acclimate to life at Duke. IHOPs assist in planning and facilitating the International Orientation. Approximately 200 students attend International Orientation from over 70 countries.
IHOPs participate in training sessions during the spring semester to:
- Build community amongst the IHOP team
- Develop leadership, cross-cultural, communication, and facilitation skills
- Become more familiar with resources and services available on campus
What are the Responsibilities of an IHOP?
- Assist with the preparation, organization, and presentation of Int’l Orientation
- Share your Duke experience
- Email set group of new students over the summer to welcome them and answer their questions
- Assist with early check-in of new students on East Campus
- Welcome new students and assist them in their transition to Duke
- Facilitate the Int’l Orientation by leading small group discussions, serving on panels, and participating in skits
- Acquaint new students with the campus and various services
What are the Time Commitments?
- Actively participate in all the training sessions during Spring 2017
- Move back to campus on Thursday, August 18
IHOP Schedule for August:
- Thursday, August 18 – IHOPs move back to campus
- Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20 – IHOPs prepare for orientation & assist with check-in on East Campus
- Sunday, August 21 & Monday, August 22 – International Orientation
- Tuesday, August 23 – IHOP Appreciation & Debrief Dinner.
Note: Students are NOT eligible to serve as an IHOP if any of the following apply:
- Will be a FAC or RA during Fall 2017
- Will Study Away during Spring 2017
- Will intern or participate in a Study Away/DukeEngage program during Summer that prevents you from moving back to campus on Thursday, August 18.
- Will not be able to attend the Spring 2017 Training Sessions on Wednesday nights.
Interested??? Apply Here.
Deadline to Apply is Thursday, December 15, midnight.
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