International House (IHouse)

Int'l Undergraduate Students


Summer Transition Series

We are excited you have chosen Duke as your home for the next 4 years.  The staff at the International House welcome you and are eager to meet you!  Our goal is to assist you during this transition in your life and be your home away from home.  We hope your experience at Duke is a memorable time for you to connect with others, learn, and grow.
a. Summer Transition Series
The Duke Summer Transition Series is designed to assist in the pre-matriculation of new undergraduate students, parents, and families to Duke University.  The Summer Transition Series is an opportunity for undergraduate international students to interact virtually with members of the Duke community. You have the opportunity to meet representatives from International House, Visa Services, and Student Health. The live Question & Answer Session was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00am. If you have missed this session, you can have access to the recording here: Click here.

To view the Duke Summer Transition Series on Youku, please click here.

b. Important Information for Arrival

How to get to Duke University from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):

  • Make an online reservation prior to arrival with Sky Shuttle
  • Take a taxi

How to get to East Campus Check-In Location for First-Year Students from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):
If you are using a GPS, please use 1368 Campus Drive, Durham, NC as the destination address.  Otherwise, please follow these directions:

  • From RDU, get on I-40 W from Airport Blvd.
  • Merge onto NC-147 N.
  • Take Exit #14 for Swift Ave. toward U.S. 70N/9th Street/Duke University/East Campus.
  • Turn right onto Swift Ave.
  • Go over railroad tracks and turn right onto W. Main Street. 
  • Take the first left into Southgate Circle. Southgate Residence Hall will be ahead of you.

Early Move-in:
Students who have registered for the International Orientation are permitted to move-in early.  Once you arrive to campus, please check-in at the following location.  You will pick up your keys to your residence hall and get your International Orientation welcome packet. 

  • Students living on East Campus must go to go to Southgate Residence Hall, 1400 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705                      

Early Check-in Dates/Hours:
Friday, August 17, 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 18, 9:00am - 8:00pm                                                                                                    

  • Visiting International Students (exchange) must go to Craven Quad, House D, Room 101R on West Campus

Early Check-in Dates/Hours:
Friday, August 18, 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 19, 9:00am - 8:00pm

c. Meet Your International House Orientation Peer (IHOP)
Your IHOP is one of our student leaders and will be helping you to make a smooth transition to your college life at Duke.  They serve a vital role in the International Undergraduate Orientation and will be communicating with you over the summer, prior to your arrival to Duke.  This year, we have a team of 18 IHOPs who are eager to welcome you, future Dukies!

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Welcome, Class of 2022 International and Visiting International Students!

International House is very excited to welcome you to Duke University and to the International Orientation on Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20, 2018.   We hope Duke and International House will be a place for you to connect, learn, and grow.

International Orientation is an opportunity for you to:

  • Be welcomed and supported by the IHOP team and International House staff
  • Befriend other first-year international students and visiting international students
  • Build a sense of community among all the new international students
  • Become familiar with the Duke campus and the resources available here

For many international students, the International Orientation serves a key role in acclimating them to the U.S. and Duke culture as well as a way of developing deep friendships with other students.

We hope you will take part in the International Orientation this year and that your parents and family members accompanying you to Duke in August will join the International Parent/Family Orientation.

Students who register for International Orientation will be permitted to move into their residence halls early on Friday, August 17, Saturday and August 18, Sunday. Orientation Schedule will be posted in the summer, so please stay tuned for more details!

The registration deadline for International Orientation is Monday, July 2, 2018.

To complete the registration form, click here.

Questions?  Please contact Esra Uzun Mason (

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Congratulations on your child's acceptance to Duke University Class of 2021!  The International Parent/Family Orientation is for family members of incoming international undergraduate students, and takes place during the same time as the International Undergraduate Orientation.

We have designed the International Parent/Family Orientation for you to:

  • Become familiar with the International House and learn more about campus programs and services
  • Meet other new international families
  • Prepare for Welcome Week and transition to Duke

International Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Day One:  Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 8:30am – 12:30pm
Venue:  Student Wellness Center, West Campus
Topics:  Student Health and Wellness

Day Two:  Monday, August 21, 2017 from 9:30am* – 1pm
*Breakfast in Brodie Gym with students at 8:45am
Venue:  Richard White Auditorium, East Campus
Topics:  Liberal Arts Experience, US Higher Education, Duke Academic Resources, Guide for Trinity and Pratt Parents
Optional:  Library Tours (RSVP required)

To get more details and to register visit:

Additional Information:

Parking: There is free parking on East Campus during International Parent/Family Orientation.  Please park in a legitimate parking space. Click here for a map of East Campus.

Lodging: There are several Durham area hotels.  Many of them give a discount for parents and students affiliated with Duke and have free shuttles to campus.

For further information or general questions please email

How to get to Duke University from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):
Make an online reservation prior to arrival with Sky Shuttle
Take a taxi

How to get to East Campus Housing Office by car from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):
If you are using a GPS, please use 1368 Campus Drive, Durham, NC as the destination address. 


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Are you passionate about interacting with people coming from diverse backgrounds? Are you interested in assisting the prospective international students coming to Duke from all over the world next Fall? By volunteering as an IHOP (International House Orientation Peer) during the International Undergraduate Orientation, you will have the greatest opportunity to share your own experiences as a Duke student with Class of 2022 while you get to know the new students, guide them through their questions, help them explore Duke and Durham, make fun memories, and build a friendly community together. To learn more about this opportunity, please read the details and requirements below and register for an interview to be considered for this volunteer position.

Serving as an IHOP is an opportunity for you to:

  • Build community amongst the IHOP team
  • Develop leadership, cross-cultural, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Become more familiar with resources and services on campus
  • Welcome new international students and share your Duke experience

Apply here:

Application Deadline: November 9, Thursday 2017 at 12:00PM

If selected, you will be contacted for a 20-minute interview. You will get to choose one of the dates and times available.


IHOPS: IHOP stands for International House Orientation Peer. IHOPS are upper-class students who assist IHouse staff with the planning and implementation of the International Orientation. While IHOPS obtain and practice valuable skills, they also get to have lots of fun with their younger peers and set an exemplary model for them as strong leaders, wonderful communicators, and reliable individuals.


  1. Welcome new international students and help them acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation.  
  2. Build a friendly community of diverse students in a comfortable, fun, and engaging environment.
  3. Embrace the core values of IHouse and the understand the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  4. Ensure that the orientation runs smoothly through effective communication and collaboration with other IHOPs, your own group, and IHouse staff.


  1. Attend the pre-scheduled IHOP trainings in the Spring and in the Summer. See the scheduled dates below.
  2. Be available to move in early on August 16, Thursday, 2018 to attend pre-orientation activities and final training sessions before the orientation begins on August 19, Sunday, 2018.
  3. Assist with the planning of the orientation: Create skits for a few sessions, meet with panel presenters & breakout session facilitators to discuss the details of the content.
  4. Provide pre-orientation assistance to new international students in the summer via email. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm. You’ll have 15 – 20 IHOPlets in your group.
  5. Facilitate engaging group discussions and lead activities during the orientation.
  6. Assist IHouse Staff with International Orientation duties, such as registration, set-up, and clean-up.
  7. Communicate with IHouse staff and IHOP co-chairs in a timely manner.
  8. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets.
  9. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.
  10. Serve as a peer mentor for new international students through their first semester: First-Year Peer Advising on East Campus at designated times/locations for one hour each week. These hours will rotate and only three IHOPs will be assigned at a time.


  1. Understand the core values of IHouse and the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  2. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm.
  3. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets and know where to refer them.
  4. Facilitate meaningful conversations with the new international students during the activities and beyond.
  5. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.


  1. Develop problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, cross-cultural, and facilitation skills.
  2. Return as an IHOP for the next International Orientation.
  3. Maintain a consistent relationship with the new first-year students.
  4. Be involved with other future events IHouse offers.
  5. Continue a collaborative relationship with the new students through First-Year Peer Advising Program on East Campus.

IHOP CO-CHAIRS: They are often returning, experienced IHOPs who provide leadership for the International Orientation at the student level before and during the orientation. They ensure that unity, respect, comfort, and honesty are built among all IHOPs.


  1. Serve as liaison between IHouse staff and IHOP team.
  2. Assist IHouse staff with the training of new IHOPs.
  3. Provide feedback about International Orientation schedule during the spring semester.
  4. Assist with the IHOP training (facilitate discussions)/orientation preparation in the spring and the summer, if necessary.
  5. Support IHouse staff member with the pre-orientation events on Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19, 2018 by arriving early to help set-up and checking in students.
  6. Provide leadership, direction, and motivation to the IHOP team during International Orientation.
  7. Serve as the MC during International Orientation.


We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, and team-oriented individuals. If you are selected as an IHOP, you are required to attend all of the following training sessions. Details about the locations and content of these sessions will be announced. Dinner will be provided during each meeting.

January 24, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
February 7, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
February 21, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
March 7, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
March 21, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
April 4, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm

In addition, you will be required to return to campus on August 16, Thursday, 2018 and attend these events:

IHOP Early Move-in Date: August 16, Thursday
IHOP Training Dates in the Summer: August 17, Friday & August 18, Saturday
Pre-Orientation Events: August 17, Friday & August 18, Saturday & August 19, Sunday
International Undergrad Orientation Dates: August 19, Sunday & August 20, Monday

Students are NOT eligible to serve as an IHOP if you:

  • Are participating in the FAC program
  • Will be a Resident Assistant for Fall 2018
  • Will Study Away during Spring or Fall 2018
  • Will intern or participate in a Study Away/DukeEngage program during Summer and you will NOT be able to move back to campus on Thursday, August 16.
  • You have to miss the Spring 2017 Training Sessions on Wednesday nights, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Apply here:

Application Deadline: November 9, Thursday, 2017 at 12:00PM

If selected, you will be contacted for a 20-minute interview. You will get to choose one of the dates and times available.


The 2017 IHOPs are excited to meet the Class of 2021! 


Name: Amy Kim
Major: Computer Science and Neuroscience
Hometown: South Korea
Languages spoken: Korean and Chinese
Graduation year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus: Biddle Music Building
Fun Fact: I love ice cream
Advice for Incoming Students: College life is a mixture of social and academic learning and Duke will challenge you. Try to seek out for new opportunities for growth! But don't feel pressured.
Brief Bio: Hi, my name is Amy Kim and I'm from South Korea. My first year at Duke was amazing and I found out I'm interested in Computer Science and Neuroscience. I look forward to meeting you all during international Orientation Week!


Name: Paulina Guerra (call me Pau)
Major: Biology
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French
Graduation year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus: The forest between the Chapel and Science Drive
Fun Fact: Fun fact: I have lived in 4 countries (Born in Monterrey, Mexico––>moved to Dallas, Texas––> moved to São Paulo, Brazil––>moved to Mexico City––> moved to Geneva, Switzerland––> MOVED TO DUKE!!!)
Advice for incoming students: Don’t try to do everything at once. If you join a club and it doesn’t really interest you, drop it. You can afford to take a few classes outside of your major or minor: don’t get tunnel vision.
Brief Bio: As you can see from my ‘”fun” fact, I’ve lived in quite a few different places, so the question “Where is home?” causes me a bit of anxiety. As a result of my upbringing and having attended an international high school, I prize diversity, travel, and learning languages above all else. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, looking at dogs, making lists of books I want to read (and then never have the time to read them), and making jokes so bad they’re actually good.

Name: Cassie Caruth
Major: Biology and Math
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Languages spoken:Spanish and French
Graduation year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus: The Oasis in Bell Tower
Fun Fact: I ate chicken and waffles, hush puppies and peach cobbler for the first time at Duke.
Advice to the Incoming Class: Don't be overly hard on yourselves if you do not perform as well as you expect to in college courses. Not only are the course load and requirements different, but the adjustment period is tough. Know that you are smart and capable to handle what college throws at you, and don't beat yourselves up over the difficult times. On a lighter note, have fun, meet new people, and welcome to the next four years of your lives!
Brief Bio: I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. I enjoy spending my free time reading and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy meeting new people and having meaningful conversations with them. If any of you have questions, about anything at all, feel free to reach out to me. I can't wait to meet you!


Name: Mudziviri Murotiwamambo Washington
Major: Biology with Chemistry and Global Health minors
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Languages spoken: Shona
Graduation Year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: Duke Medical Center
Fun Fact: My name means the King's Dreamer in Shona.
Advice for Incoming Students: Duke University is a fountain of knowledge in every regard. Carefully choose how much and what you want to get from it!
Brief Bio: My name is Murotiwamambo Washington Mudziviri. I was born in Zimbabwe and raised by my paternal grandmother. I did my primary and part of my secondary education in Zimbabwe before leaving for England where l completed my IB diploma on a Pestalozzi Scholarship. I am now studying at Duke University on a MasterCard Scholarship. I hope to go to medical school upon the competition my undergraduate studies.


Name: Elise Brown
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Languages spoken (other than English): Spanish
Graduation year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus: Biddle Music Library
Fun Fact: I am very bad at pottery, but I like going to the Arts Annex to make it every now and then.
Advice for Incoming Students: It is perfectly okay to openly express one’s passions for obscure topics that can include chess, anime appreciation, fly fishing, biomedical engineering, etc. Duke is, by far, the most accepting and welcoming place I have ever been to, which makes me feel even more comfortable with myself and my values and passions. By living in this type of accepting environment, I feel even more motivated to practice the activities that I admire the most. That being said, enjoy your time as a Duke student and explore its plethora of diverse activities to get involved with.
Brief Bio: I am a first-generation American raised by Jamaican parents who taught me be hard-working, humble, and compassionate to others. I play basketball around campus often, love to play the piano, and love to explore all the fun things Duke's campus has to offer.


Name: Kunaal Sharma
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Singapore
Graduation year: 2010
Favorite Place on Campus:Edens during Spring Break
Fun Fact: I am ethnically India, culturally American, and geographically Singaporean.
Advice for Incoming Students: Understand your own abilities and limitations before engaging with the many challenges offered by Duke.
Brief Bio: I was born in Raleigh, moved to Dallas Texas, and lived there till I was 6. Then, I moved to India where I graduated from High School. Throughout High School, my interests were Model United Nations and Badminton. At Duke, I am doing a Computer Science Major with a Minor in Statistics.


Name: Xinyu (Cindy) Li
Major: Biology
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Languages spoken (other than English): Mandarin Chinese
Graduation year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: The seats on the bridge at one of the side entrances of the Sarah Duke Gardens (with view of a bird feeder)
Fun Fact: I have this dent in my forehead that I probably had forever, but didn’t discover until two years ago. Now I can’t unsee it.
Advice for Incoming Students: Coming in, everyone will tell you to explore - and by all means, do that. However, if you do have things that you know you definitely want to at least try, plan as early as you can. Ask upperclassmen, professors, grad students for suggestions as to what resources are available on campus to realise your dreams. There are a lot of things here at Duke, so many that there’s probably something that perfectly fits your needs - it is better to discover those things earlier on than later!
Brief Bio: Hello future Blue Devil! My name is Xinyu/Cindy (which you would already know if you looked above). I was born in ShenZhen, China, but grew up in Middle Eart— I mean, New Zealand. I’m a big fan of food, playing music (everything - think violin, piano, flute, guitar, vocals), birds and insects. Sphinx moths in particular, the cuties. I can speak both Mandarin and English, and if I try hard enough, Cantonese so feel free to speak to me in any of those languages! I’m glad you chose to come here and I look forward to meeting you :)



Name: Chin Jie (CJ) Lim 
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Economics
Hometown: Singapore
Graduation Year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: Duke Forest
Class of 2020, CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO DUKE! Trust me, it’s going to be amazing when you get here. I hope you’re excited, because I already feel excited for you!
Advice for Incoming Students: That being said, being international, I know not everyone has stepped foot into the United States (that was me!). But don’t feel daunted; come into college with an open mind and perspectives and you’ll feel at ease in no time! College is a wonderful place to discover yourself and to have amazing experiences – you may find yourself sleeping in a tent in the winter with a close group of friends (trust me, it’s cold, but fun!), or just wandering around Duke Forest (one of my favorite places on campus). It's also a chance to try new things --I'm currently learning German (just because), aside from the English and Chinese that I know (and a little bit of Spanish).  Fitting in may be tough at first, but there’ll always be someone or someplace to turn to. You’ll find that the people at Duke are very diverse and helpful, and that being said, if you ever need advice or someone to talk to, feel free to contact me via e-mail or Facebook! Looking forward to meeting you.  Cheers!
Brief Bio: I was born in Singapore and spent close to 21 years in Singapore. Yes, that’s right, I’m as old as a junior, but I’m actually a rising junior (all Singaporean males have to serve in the Singapore military for 2 years).  I love reading literary fiction and thrillers (Stephen King, anyone?) and eating good food (yum!). I also love travelling to new places and meeting new people, so I can’t wait to meet all of you!


Name: Chelsea Liu
Major: Computer science
Hometown: Toronto, Canada/Hangzhou, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin, French
Graduation year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: Bella Union
Fun Fact: I think Canadians actually do apologize more!
Advice for Incoming Students: Welcome to Duke! This is your time to discover your interests and passions, feel uncertain about the future, and probably screw up repeatedly. Find good mentors, whether it's upperclassmen, graduate students or professors, and don't be afraid to ask for help!
Brief Bio:   I was born in Hangzhou and moved to Toronto when I was nine. At Duke, I'm involved in advocacy for mental health and neurological disorders through NeuroCare, a service organization run by students. I volunteer at the Duke Cancer Center, and I'm part of the Bass Connections research team "GANDHI", or Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation. I'm excited to meet everyone but also sad that this is my last year as an IHOP. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or just want to chat!



Name: Adiva Shah
Major: Physics
Hometown: Bombay, India 
Languages spoken Hindi, Gujurati, Spanish, 
Graduation year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: East Campus Coffeehouse
Fun Fact: Emo Screamo punk music is my weakness
Advice for Incoming Students: Step out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to try new experiences. Duke has a lot to offer, grab as many opportunities as you can while still not overwhelming yourself.  It’s easy to want to do everything. Be wise with your time and don’t forget to breathe and have fun!  All work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Your identity and your preferences are central to who you are, don’t get lost.
Brief Bio: I was born and brought up in Bombay, India but can now say Duke is home to me. I have an ever-growing passion for photography and a crazy obsession with animals, pugs being my ultimate weakness. I am always (from studying to walking to even sometimes eating) found with earphones plugged in, listening to Blink 182 or Snow Patrol. I live and love to eat, and swimming and reading are my most fond stress busters. Duke has helped me see life from a completely different perspective and it will change your life too!


Name: Suman Bajgain
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering, & Literature (GCS)
Hometown: Kathmandu & Sunsari (grew up in both), Nepal
Languages spoken: Nepali. Proficient in Hindi too but have a terrible accent.
Graduation year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: Duke Gardens
Fun Fact: I'm learning Sanskrit, an ancient language often called "the language of the Gods", with a Duke professor. 
Brief Bio: I enjoy watching movies, reading, listening to music (any Coldplay fans out there?), playing ping pong, and just relaxing after a long week.
Duke reminds me very much of Nepal. Because Nepal is situated between India and China, our cultural and demographical make-up is very diverse. Therefore, Duke's student body reminds me very much of my home, and I think this has helped me find a home at Duke. Needless to say, I love my time here at Duke, and even though I am just a sophomore right now, I have been haunted many times by the thought that I will be leaving this place in just two more years.

As an IHOP, I hope to help you guys make a smooth transition from high school to Duke. By now, you have probably heard of the plethora of opportunities that you will have at your disposal at Duke. You will not only have great latitude in choosing your major, but you can also design your own majors out of classes offered at Duke. If even that is not enough, you can even create courses that suit your interest! For instance, last semester, I talked with a professor from the department of Religion who was an expert in South Asian religions, and designed an Independent Study course on Sanskrit, an ancient South Asian language referred by many as "the language of the gods". I had always been excited about history, so I really loved this opportunity to learn a language which, though not formally spoken today, has been the progenitor of many extant South Asian languages. Finally, I am very excited to be an IHOP and I just can't wait to meet everyone!  See you soon!


Name: Alexa Lee
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: South Korea
Graduation year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: My room
Fun Fact: I have a missing tooth.
Advice for incoming students: Come with an open heart and be excited! Freshman year is full of events and opportunities. Don't be pressured or intimated by them, but at the same time take the opportunities that Duke has to offer. Feel free to reach out anytime :)
Brief Bio: Hey guys! My name is Jihong (I go by Alexa). I grew up in Florida and attended middle and high school in Korea. Although I'd spent time in the states, I'd never visited Duke before so my first time at Duke was on the first day of international orientation! I'm involved in research and International Association here at Duke and my Duke experience so far has been great. I really like to travel and play/watch sports. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions!




Name: Omar Rahim Khan
Major: Global Health & Chemistry (Biological Emphasis)
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan 
Languages Spoken: Urdu, Hindi, English, and bits of Punjabi and Arabic
Graduation year: 2019
Favorite place on campus: My room
Fun fact: I always carry a clown nose in my pocket.
Advice for incoming students: Be true to yourself; don't feel pressured to act like someone you're not. This is especially important the first few weeks because it ensures that the relationships you build will be infinitely more genuine.
Brief Bio: The basics are all listed above. I like reading, animals, listening to a bizarrely varied music collection, and making strange jokes. If you wanna know more, feel free to email me!



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