International House (IHouse)

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.

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

  • Global Awareness Training (mid January, 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 (early March, 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 (late April, 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 and 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 at or call 919-684-3585 for more information.

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