International House (IHouse)

IHouse Programs

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.

If you need more information about a specific CLG topic, please keep an eye on the IHouse announcements on our Facebook Page ( If you have ideas for new topics, please let us know. Contact IHouse at for more information.

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 for more information.

Apply to be a Duke Language Partner.

Duke Language Partners Brochure.

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 while practicing conversational English with the help of Duke staff volunteers. Through discussions in small groups, you will also learn about other cultures from various countries.

For 2019 Fall semester, the club meetings will be held from Monday, September 9 until Monday, December 2. No registration is required. Just come to International House, 300 Alexander Ave. Enter the programming area through the back door of the house at the parking lot level.

Please email for more information.

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.  For 2019 Fall semester, the club meetings will be held from Monday, September 9 until Monday, December 2. No registration is required. Just come to International House, 300 Alexander Ave. Enter the programming area through the back door of the house at the parking lot level.

Check out Spanish Conversation Club Facebook page.

Chinese Conversation Club

We are currently reviewing and revamping the Chinese Conversation Club, so there will be no meeting in Fall 2019. We welcome your inputs, ideas, and suggestions for the Chinese Conversation Club. Please contact Ling Jin at  for details.  

If you want to practice Chinese, you may sign up for the Duke Language Partners program or join the Duke Chinese Program's Language Table

Duke Chinese Conversation Club Facebook Page!

International Friends Program

The International Friends Program is a cross-cultural program run by Duke’s International House. The goal of this special program is to promote friendship and culture exchange between local Duke community members and Duke’s International students, scholars and families. Local Duke community members may wish to learn more about another country, reconnect with a country in which they have lived or traveled, or assist someone settling into life in the Durham area. 

Either way it’s a wonderful way to meet people from around the world, share interests and hobbies, and learn about other customs and cultural values.

Participants DO NOT live together, rather, they spend time together for friendship and cultural exchange. The assignment to one’s match is for one academic year. However, many participants maintain contact long after the formal program period has ended.

· Plan to meet with your match monthly.

· Share your culture with each other: customs, holidays, cuisine, family values and other opportunities for cross-cultural learning!!!


·Watch a Durham Bulls Game

·Cook a traditional meal

·Attend one of the Triangle’s many festivals

·Stroll on 9th street and chat over a cup of coffee

· Visit a local museum or historic site

International Friends Program Application

Global Cafe


Global Café is a weekly social event with the intent to build community between students, employees, post-docs, scholars and families. In an effort to reach an even broader community, this year, we have come up with Global Café on the Road. We have teamed up with several departmentsVarious Fridays throughout fall semester, the International House will be co-hosting Global Café at different venues Duke Chapel basement, Engineering and Rubenstein Arts Center, as well as, in the International House on Alexander Avenue.

For questions, please email us at: or call 919-684-3585

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.

Questions: or 919.684.3585.



Writing Our Lives: Finding Ourselves Over and Over Again is a full-day retreat for female-identifying undergraduate students from different backgrounds and cultures to build a community of sisterhood through self-reflection and sharing.

This retreat is centered on the belief that when creative beings leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in an encouraging community, we are able to make important breakthroughs in our writing and other creative processes. Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate and instructor of Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies will facilitate a fun and engaging day of writing exercises, community building, sharing, and inspiration.

Whether you are lost, searching, or just in need of nurturing your creativity with other women, this retreat will provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you you can take risks steeped in the wisdom of poetry and story. Come join us in the spirit of compassionate listening! Boost your spirit and confidence! Renew your curiosity and appreciation for the power of creativity!

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.

Date of the Event: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Student Wellness Center 148/149

Registration limited to 15 female-identifying students

Registration Link: 

Global Engagement Program

Global Engagement at International House

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): Facilitate the club and 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 5:30-6:30 pm): Practice Chinese and learn about the culture, or help other participants learn Chinese if it is your native language.
  • Global Cafe (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 200 level.

Training Component:
There will be three training sessions offered in Global Engagement Program (GEP). 

  • Global Awareness Training: 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. There will be a career counseling and leadership development session tailored for the GEP participants.
  • Global Engagement Action Plan: 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 Ling Jin at ling.jin@duke.ed. The application deadline is Monday, November 4, 2019.

Expected Outcomes
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

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.