International House (IHouse)

Int'l Graduate and Professional Students

2019 International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

To Register for the Resource Fair, and International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, please click this link:

IHouse will offer a Resource Fair on Monday, August 12, 2-4pm at Penn Pavilion. A resource fair is a convenient way to access local vendors like banks, cell phone providers, and other campus resources. There will be informational materials and giveaways - all in one location. 

The next day, on Tuesday, August 13, 9am-3pm at the Bryan Center in Reynolds Theater, we will have the International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation. This is a very important event to attend where you can meet your fellow incoming international grad students, and learn about important information and skills to thrive at Duke.

Resource Fair in Penn Pavilion, West Campus
Monday, August 12th: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

  • Off-Campus Resources - Banks, Cell Phone Companies, ITIN Applications
  • On-Campus Resources - Library, Writing Studio, Career Center, Religious Life, Women's Center, Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Student Health & Wellness, DuWell, CAPS, and other campus offices.
  • GoPass Distribution, Alternative Transportation, and more

Campus tours will leave from the IHOP (International House Orientation Peers) Info Desk every 30 minutes. 
Each tour will be led by a current graduate student IHOP.

5:00 PM - Dinner in Downtown Durham with IHOPs. Sign up at the IHouse table at the Resource Fair. Bring $15-$20 for dinner.


International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, Reynolds Theater (Bryan Center)
Tuesday, August 13th: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We are working hard to create the scheduled for you. It will be posted soon!


Networking Hour, The Landing (Bryan Center)
Tuesday, August 13th: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The networking event will have light snacks and beverages. This is a great way to connect with staff, faculty, returning students, organization presidents, and the Duke Community.



Graduate IHOPs

Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops Weifan

Weifan Liu |  China |
Mathematics, PhD
My name is Weifan Liu. I am originally from Beijing, China. I am currently a fourth-year PhD student in Mathematics. Prior to Duke, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Outside of my research in applied mathematics I enjoy spending time with friends, traveling and playing sports.





Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops Xanne

Xanne Miggelbrink | The Netherlands |
When I was a child, my family and I moved to Houston for 3 years. I have also lived in Stockholm, Sweden, for 6 months during the second year of my undergraduate degree and have lived in 3 other places within the US (Boston, LA, Durham). I have moved every year for the last 5 years, and as much as I love the challenges and experiences that you get from moving to a new place, I am really excited that I get to settle down for the next few years. My favorite place on campus is a tie between Duke Gardens and Nosh (gotta love those Perry Wilsons!).




Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops Meilin

Meilin Jiang | China |
Hi, I am Meilin, a current Master’s student in Biostatistics. I am originally from China, and I enjoy traveling, Duke basketball, and meeting new people! I would love to share my advice and experiences to aid your transition to Duke. As a IHOP member, I will do my best to help you to better study and live here. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any question!
Hope you all will love Duke life as I do


Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops Sagarika

Sagarika Jain | India |
Medical Physics
I was born and raised near Delhi and went to Manchester (England) for my undergrad in Physics. At Duke, I am pursuing a masters in Medical Physics. My interests include singing, cooking, reading, travelling and drinking a lot of chai!  





Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops srishruth

Srisuhruth Ramisetty| India |
Mechanical Engineering
Hi, there. I know my name is a mouthful, so just call me “Sri”. I am not going to talk much about my studies, but I will tell you what I do or try to do in my free time. I watch movies and TV shows but I cannot binge watch anything, it makes me feel unproductive. Instead, I try to play a game or hang out with friends. I don’t like to sit at a single place for a long time. Even when I am studying, I have to take a 10-minute break for every 2-3 hours and get some fresh air. Duke also has numerous events every week which I try to attend.

I love meeting people, listening to their life stories and helping them out. So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to meeting you.



Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops zijun

Zijun Wang| China |
Liberal Studies
My name is Zijun Wang, from China. I am a master student from Liberal Studies. My focus is Creative Writing (Poetry/Scriptwriting) and Literary Translation. Previously, I worked as a volunteer Chinese teacher and translator in Cambodia. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, hiking, climbing, running, meditating, doing yoga and occasionally doing homework.



Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops felicia

Felicia Lim / Indonesia /
Molecular Cancer Biology, PhD
Hi everyone, welcome to Duke! My name is Felicia Lim, and I am a rising 3rd year PhD student in the Molecular Cancer Biology program. Before coming to Durham, I was in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in China, where I did my undergraduate study in Biological Science at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, however, I was born and raised in Indonesia. When I am not busy studying about cancer, you can find me practicing with Durham Medical Orchestra, being involved in Duke INSPIRE and WiSE, hiking, and visiting the museums. Feel free to contact me for any questions you might have!



Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops jimin

Jimin Hu/ China /
Biochemistry, PhD
Hi! My name is Jimin Hu, and I'm a first-year PhD student in Biochemistry. I'm from China, and I finished my undergrad at UCLA. I work on proteins, but I also love student programming! I'm excited to be an IHOP, which incorporates student-led activities with the emphasis on supporting international students. With other IHOPs, we want to give y'all a smooth transition into life at Duke, and please let us know if you need more information!




Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops ran

Ran Huo | China |
Mathematics, PhD
I am a PhD student in Mathematics. I come from Nanning, a southern city of China adjacent to Vietnam. My research interest lies in probability and analysis. Besides being a mathematician, I am also a food adventurer, basketball player, photographer and a very amateur drawer.





Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops yujing

Yujing Ke | China |
Computer Science
I am a rising second year master student in computer science. I came from China and did my undergraduate study at George Washington University






Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops yulei

Yulei Tao | China |
PhD in Pathology
I will be a third-year PhD candidate in the Pathology program next semester. I obtained my MD and completed my residency in China. Before I came to the US, I was an orthopedist. As a doctor, I’m always ready to help people. I would like to assist you in anyway when you arrive. I have a small family including my lovely wife Jenny and an adorable son Sam. When I first came to the US, I encountered a lot of difficulties, especially on family life. Having small families during graduate study is extremely difficult. I would like to share my transition experiences with you. Please contact me without any hesitation on any questions.



Ihouse- Fall 2018 Ihops yanyu

Yanyu Hu | China |
Mechanical Engineering
Hello everyone. My name is Yanyu, call me Ives if you want. I'm studying Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I started my USA trip in 2013, I finished my undergraduate school in Boston, and now I'm here. When I first got here, I had to deal with a lot of things on my own. Those things would have gone a lot smoother if I had some advice. So here I am, to help you, just ask me any questions that you have. I would love to help you!




Ihouse - Meg intern

Meghana Kuppa | India |
Environmental Engineering

I am a master's student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke, and I have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from India. My top-3 obsessions (other than trying to save the environment from the wrath of humankind) are food shows/documentaries, comedy specials on Netflix, and political non-fiction books. I have had a wonderful experience at Duke so far, both academically and otherwise. I can't wait to meet all of you and know your stories! As an IHOP, I hope to help you all as much as possible and enable a smooth transition to life at Duke and in Durham.



Ihouse - Siddharth intern

Siddharth Kawadiya | India | 
Environmental Engineering, PhD

I am a PhD student in Environmental Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing tennis and binge-watching TV series (who doesn't?)  I know from experience that the first few days in an unfamiliar place can be challenging, especially if you do not know anyone. I will be delighted to help you transition into this new life and adapt to the culture here in the US. Please feel free to contact me regarding any queries you might have, I'm always willing to chat! I look forward to meeting all of you, and welcome to Duke!

Ihouse - Crystal intern

Crystal Zhong | China  |
Environmental Management

I studied environmental engineering from 2013 to 2017. Currently, I am pursuing my master’s degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School. My track is Environmental Economics and I’m working towards the GIS certificate at the same time. When I’m not trapped in the lab doing economic analysis or creating maps, I love taking my dog to the dog park or for a hike. She’s a sweet baby who sees fetching as her only mission in her life. I also like music and baking. I make wonderful dishes. Even though I was born and raised in China, I moved to America a long time ago, therefore, I can better understand cultural shock and have more efficient ways to eliminate misunderstandings and help new students better adjust to their new life in the US.


Ihouse - Hijuan intern

Huijuan Li | China |
History, PhD

As an international student from China, I am now in the second year of my Ph.D. studies in history. Before joining the Ph.D. program, I completed my master’s degree in East Asian studies at Duke and worked for the East Asian Collection of Duke University Libraries for two years. August 9, 2013, marked the first day of my life in the U.S. Over the following five years, I survived and even thrived Duke graduate school with help and support from senior students, faculty members, and specialists at the International House. Being an IHOP, I hope to pass on this legacy to you incoming Dukies!



Ihouse - Yuanfan intern

Yuanfan Yang | China |
Ph.D. Clinical Medicine

I was from Southern China but finished my training in clinical medicine as a medical student and junior physician in Beijing. My name in Chinese means a journey for knowledge, and I’ve met lots of friends in the US and Canada through academic exchanges. Duke has offered me a great chance to learn about brain tumor immunotherapy through my PhD program, and I also enjoy sports, cookingand photography as hobbies. Please let us know if you need any help in the transition to Duke and we are happy to assist you in both life and studies.



Pre-Departure Information

Please take a look at this video below that introduces IHouse orientation programs and other services. 



  • Make travel plans to arrive at Duke early enough to attend the International Graduate and Professional Orientation
  • By airplane: Reserve your flight to the Raleigh/Durham (RDU) International airport. Car rentals and taxis are available at the airport.
  • Taxicab: The fare is about $35.00 - $40.00 to Durham and Duke. A tip of 10% plus $1.00 per suitcase is normal. This service is available 24 hours a day.  
  • International House does not coordinate graduate student airport pickups from RDU.  Some student organizations have volunteers that will pick students up from the airport. Contact your department or school for more information. 
  • Chinese graduate and professional students may contact DCSSA for assistance with airport pickup and other information. 
  • If possible, we recommend arriving Monday through Thursday. Most offices in the USA are closed on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Visa information: If you have visa questions while still in your home country, you may contact the Duke Visa Services by e-mail or phone at (919) 681-8472.

Health Insurance

  • Health care is expensive here and different from other countries. All students are required to have adequate health insurance. 
  • All international Duke graduate and professional students are required to purchase the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) that is designed for Duke students and complements the services of the Student Health Center. Duke students on F-1 and J-1 visas will be automatically enrolled in this health insurance. For more details on this and other important health related information visit the Student Health Center website.


  • For off-campus apartments, you will need approximately $1,200 for deposits, first month's rent, and to activate utilities (electricity, gas, etc). Check Off-Campus Housing for vacancies. Also sign up for the Intlhouse listserv to look for roommates and available apartments. You can also download a list of Apartment Complexes near campus from the Housing section of our website.


  • Food Services: Duke campus has a variety of places to eat, ranging from cafeterias and fast food to full-service restaurants. For more information please visit the Duke Dining website.
  • Banking: You should open a bank account once you arrive in Durham. Bring your funds either in traveler's checks, or in an official bank check. Do not carry large amounts of cash during your travel. We recommend you get American Express traveler's checks as they are the easiest to cash in the U.S.
  • Shipping:  If you do not have a local address yet, you may want to leave your packages with a friend or family member with instructions to mail them to you once you have a home address.  Or you can ask your department about shipping packages to their office.  International House does not accept packages for students/scholars.
  • Bring a few items that remind you of home (pictures, crafts, clothing, etc.) to share with other students.

Remember: You may have many questions about coming here and even more after arriving. Please contact the staff at International House. We are here to assist you in any way possible.

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