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 several different offices including International House, Visa Services, and Student Health.

The Summer Transition Series will help our newest class:

  • INTERACT: Meet influential members of the Duke community.
  • COMMUNICATE: Talk directly with "experts" regarding topics that interest YOU.
  • CONNECT:  Watch all sessions conveniently online-it's as easy as checking your email!

The 2019 Summer Transition Series schedule is: 

  • May 22 (4-5pm EDT): Campus Resources: Interact with staff from Housing, Dining, Financial Aid, Office of Information Technology/IT Security and more.  
  • June 5 (4-5pm EDT): Peer Connections: Chat with current student leaders to get helpful advice for a smooth transition.
  • June 18, June 19, June 20 (4-5pm EDT): Advising and RegistrationConnect with deans from Trinity, Pratt and Prehealth Advising to get your advising and registration questions answered.
    • June 18: Trinity
    • June 19: Pratt
    • June 20: Prehealth
  • July 17 (4-5pm EDT): Welcome to Duke: Talk with staff from New Student Programs and International House about Pre-Orientation Programs, International Student Orientation, Move-In Day and Orientation Week. 

Details for participating in a Summer Transition Series will be emailed to students via The Duke 2023 Digest (sent out every Monday starting in May 2019), the Official Class of 2023 Facebook group and this website. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 919-684-3511 or

New content with updated information just for the Class of 2023 will be posted in May 2019. If you'd like to view the 2018 videos on YouTube, click here. To access the 2018 videos on YouKu, click here

For more information, please check out the New Student Programs' website.

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):

  • 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 a left on Southgate Circle


Welcome, Class of 2023 International and Visiting International Students!

International House is very excited to welcome you to Duke University and to the International Orientation on Sunday, August 18 and Monday, August 19, 2019.   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 are permitted to move into their residence hall before all the new first-year students on Friday, August 16, 2019.

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. 

Friday, August 16, Friday 
*East Campus Check-in for First-Year Students: 
Southgate Residence Hall (1400 West Main St, Durham, NC 27708)
     Friday, August 16, 9:00am - 8:00pm 
*Visiting/Exchange and Transfer Students: 
HRL West Campus Housing Office (Craven Quad, House D, Room 101 R)
     Friday, August 16, 9:00am - 8:00pm 

You will report to the applicable check-in location on East, West or Central Campus. At that time, you will be given your residence hall keys and linen package (if you ordered from Blue Devils Delivery). If you will be arriving after hours, we recommend you stay in a nearby hotel and check-in the following morning.

To register for the International Undergraduate Orientation, please click here.

If you arrive after hours, we recommend you stay in a nearby hotel and check-in the following day.  

International Orientation Schedule:

Early Move-in: Friday, August 16, 2019 (Students MUST register and attend the International Orientation to move in on this date.)

International House Community Engagement Program: Saturday, August 17, 2019

International House Community Engagement Program has been designed to engage the incoming international first-year students  in a relationship & community building program through service learning, small group activities, and forum discussions. Through service learning, participating students will build a rich community, network, and connect with each other as well as their IHOPs (International House Orientation Peers). The students will be selected through an application process and will be required to fully attend the International Undergraduate Orientation, so please make sure to fill out the application fully and expect to be contacted regarding the status of your application in mid-July.

Location: Central Park in Durham, NC 

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Esra Uzun Mason at

The application for the International House Community Engagement Program has closed. If you are interested in this program, please contact to check availability. 

**Please note that you will be charged an additional fee for your housing if you move-in early and do not attend both days of International Orientation.  

To register for the International Undergraduate Orientation, please click here.



Details of the International Undergraduate Orientation schedule will be posted in the summer 2020.

Questions?  Please contact Esra Uzun Mason (

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Congratulations on your child's acceptance to Duke University Class of 2023!  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 resources academic and health and wellness resources on campus
  • Meet other new international families
  • Prepare for Welcome Week and transition to Duke

International Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 18th

Day One of Orientation

Introduction to Student Wellness

Venue:  Penn Pavilion, West Campus


9:00 AM            Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM            Welcome                       

10:00 AM          Wellness at Duke: Introduction to Student Health Care and


  • Director of Student Health
  • Manager of Student Health Insurance
  • Associate Dean/Director of Student Wellness Center
  • Director of Duke Reach
  • Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

11:00 AM            Tour of Student Wellness Center with Directors

12:00 PM             Conclusion of Orientation Day 1

Optional Activities

2:00 PM              Tour of Perkins Library          

6:30PM               International Parents Welcome Reception and Dinner

Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Sponsored by International Development Programs, Duke

Online Information and Registration


Monday, August 19th

Day Two of Orientation


Introduction to the First-Year Experience

Venue:  Richard White Auditorium, East Campus


9:00 AM            Welcome and Introduction to the Liberal Arts Experience

9:15 AM            Duke 101:  First-Year Experience in Residence Life

9:45 AM            Academic Resources for Undergraduate Students

10:30 AM          A Guide for Parents of Pratt and Trinity Students

11:30 AM          Ask a Duke Student – Question and Answer

12:30 PM          Conclusion of Orientation Day 2

Optional Activities

2:00 PM            Tour of Perkins Library

Additional Orientation Events

  • Saturday, August 17th  3:00 PM East Campus Tour and 4:00 PM West Campus Tour – meet guides at East Campus bus stop
  • Tuesday, August 20th 2:30pm-3:15pm and 5pm-5:45pm  The Tradition Continues:  Duke and Durham History
  • With University Archivist, Valerie Gillispie.  Richard White Lecture Hall, Room 107, East Campus
  • Wednesday, August 21st  11:00 AM -12:00 PM Convocation

Register for Parents Orientation HERE

Additional detailed information will be shared via email once you have registered.

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IHOP Program

IHOP stands for International House Orientation Peer. IHOPS are upper-class international and domestic 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, thoughtful communicators, and reliable individuals. The IHOP Program involves 6 – 7 training sessions in the Spring semester, summer communication with the incoming international students, August training prior to the International Orientation, and scheduled peer advising on East and/or West campus throughout the first year of the incoming class.


IHOP Program’s mission is to build a community of domestic and international student leaders with a global perspective and an interest in developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills in a multicultural environment. Through six intensive training sessions in the Spring semester, IHOPs will be prepared to lead a group of approximately 20 new international students assigned to them, facilitate meaningful discussions and friendship, communicate effectively with students and their parents from different backgrounds, and offer excellent guidance and peer mentorship.

Purpose of the IHOP Program

  1. Build a community of domestic and international students in a multicultural setting.
  2. Welcome new international students and support them to acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation.  
  3. Develop exemplary leadership and cross-cultural cultural communication skills among volunteering peer leaders through extensive IHOP training and team building.
  4. Understand the wide range of diverse backgrounds in the Duke student populations and advocate for the needs of international students.

IHOP Roles and Responsibilities of IHOPs

  1. Welcome new international students and support them to acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation with enthusiasm.
  2. Assist International House staff with early move-in: Welcome students and families when they arrive at the East Campus check-in station to move in and assist with moving in physically.
  • Welcome and check in students who have been approved for early move-in with enthusiasm;
  •  Speak with parents and family members to answer their questions;
  • Offer help students while they look for their dorms and carry their luggage;
  • Show genuine hospitality to students who have traveled so far!
  1. Build an inclusive community of diverse students in a comfortable, fun, and engaging environment.
  2. Embrace the core values of International House and understand the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  3. Assist with the planning of the International Orientation schedule and activities: Design icebreakers, plan and run campus tours, suggest speakers and panelists, identify frequently asked freshmen questions for panels/ IHOP Group discussions and give feedback to draft schedule(s).
  4. Provide pre-orientation assistance to IHOPlets in the summer via email. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm.
  5. Participate in the pre-orientation programs and socialize with the IHOPlets. This includes participating in activities and sharing meals together with the new students.
  6. Be in charge of East and West Campus tours for IHOPlets and their family members as part of pre-orientation programs.
  7. Ensure that the orientation runs smoothly through effective communication and collaboration with other IHOPs, your own group, and IHouse staff.
  8. Facilitate engaging group discussions and lead activities before and during the orientation.
  9. Lead the Community Engagement Program on Saturday and help facilitate the debrief.
  10. Assist IHouse Staff with International Orientation duties, such as registration, set-up, and clean-up.
  11. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets. Be intentional in getting to learn their names and get to know them on a personal level.
  12. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.
  13. Execute exemplary leadership skills and maintain contact with the new students through the IHOP Mentorship Program following the International Orientation.


  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 11, Tuesday to attend pre-orientation activities and final training sessions before the orientation begins on August 15, Saturday.
  3. Be available for the summer training sessions will be held on August 12, Wednesday and August 13, Thursday.
  4. Big Move-in Day for early arrivals is August 14, Friday. Be available to assist with the early move-in day and join students and faculty for dinner.
  5. Facilitate activities and authentic discussions during the Community Engagement Program on August 15, Saturday, lead campus tours, and join students during meals.

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

  • Are participating in the FAC program
  • Will be a Resident Assistant for Fall 2019
  • Will Study Away during Spring or Fall 2019
  • Will intern or participate in a Study Away/DukeEngage program during Summer and you will NOT be able to move back to campus on Tuesday, August 11
  • You have to miss the Spring 2020 Training Sessions on Wednesday nights, 6:00 - 8:00pm

APPLY to become an IHOP:  

Please contact with questions.

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. In case there is not a returning IHOP that would like to take on the co-chair responsibility, two new students will be appointed based on their interest during their interviews.

IHOP Co-chairs will be selected through a nomination process.


  1. Serve as liaison between IHouse staff and IHOP team.
  2. Assist IHouse staff with the recruitment and 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 by arriving early to help set-up and checking in students.
  6. Provide leadership, direction, and motivation to the IHOP team during and after International Orientation.
  7. Serve as the MC during International Orientation.

IHOP Planning Committee

  1. Activity Planning Committee (researches and organizes icebreaker activities for the orientation; suggests pre-orientation and post orientation social programs)
  2. Campus Tour Committee (identifies key locations and draws a tour direction for East and West Campus; researches information on resources and presents to the team)
  3. Student Panel Committee (looks at the topics and questions from previous student panels and plans this year’s student panels)
  4. Resource Outreach Committee (identify key stakeholders who should be invited to the International Orientation and present a list of contact information)
  5. Faculty Outreach Committee (identify faculty members to invite to the International Orientation as a keynote speaker as well as include other faculty members to attend Pre-Orientation events)
  6. Assessment Data Analysis Committee (analyzes evaluations from previous and current orientation)

IHOP Peer Mentorship

Mission: To maintain an on-going leadership program after the International Orientation through intentional programming and continuous leadership. This will be offered in the Fall semester until a new IHOP group is selected.

East Campus:


West Campus:


IHOP co-leaders are in charge of scheduling different IHOPs each week. IHOPs who are on duty can use this space to study and complete assignments when there are no first-year students for a meeting. Advisor will oversee the progress of the program and facilitate a focus group both with IHOPs and the participants of the program to assess the value of this peer mentorship.

FAQ for the IHOP Program

  1. Do I have to be an international student to apply for the IHOP Program?

No. The IHOP Program welcomes ALL students from a wide range of backgrounds who are enthusiastic about welcoming and mentoring incoming international students and guiding them by sharing their own academic, social, and cultural experiences at Duke and in Durham, NC.

  1. Do I have to attend all IHOP training sessions?

Yes. Attending the IHOP Training sessions is mandatory. You are allowed to miss ONE session. You are expected to communicate your absence to Esra Uzun Mason or the IHOP co-leaders as soon as possible.

IHOP Training sessions are a big part of building a community of IHOPs and setting values. Each training session is created not only to help IHOPs connect and get to know each other, but also to be a big part of the international orientation planning. We advise that you check your schedule to make sure you do not have any other commitments on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The sessions will not be scheduled every week.

2019 – 2020 IHOP Training Dates

January 15, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm 
January 29, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
February 12, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm 
February 26, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm
March 4, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm 
March 18, Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm 
April 15, Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00pm 

In addition, you will be required to return to campus on August 11, Tuesday and attend these events:

IHOP Early Move-in Date:  August 11, Tuesday
IHOP Training Date in the Summer:  August 12, Wednesday and August 13, Thursday

Incoming International Student Early Move-in Date: August 14, Friday
Pre-Orientation Events (Campus Tours and Meals): August 14, Friday

International House Community Engagement Program: August 15, Saturday

International Undergrad Orientation Dates:  August 16, Sunday and August 17, Monday.

APPLY to become an IHOP:  

Please contact with questions.