International House (IHouse)

Int'l Undergraduate Students

INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

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!

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

2020 INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE ORIENTATION

Welcome, Class of 2024 International and Visiting International Students!

International House is very excited to welcome you to Duke University and to the International Orientation. This year, due to our efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the International Orientation will be held virtually.  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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Esra Uzun Mason at esra.mason@duke.edu

  1. INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Dear Class of 2024,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer so far and are excited to be a part of the Duke family in a few months. As you are aware, Duke University staff and administration are working diligently to ensure everyone's safety and well-being as we plan for the Fall semester and navigate through new policies and regulations to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As part of these efforts, International Undergraduate Orientation will be held virtually this year. We believe that a virtual orientation will allow more accessibility and flexibility for all international students.

Please see important information about the schedule below:

International Undergraduate Student Orientation:

July Schedule: There will be various virtual activities and chat groups that will be facilitated by your International House Orientation Peers (IHOPs) from Monday, July 13 until Sunday, July 26. These activities are planned to build a global community of incoming international students and their peer leaders. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to your IHOPs, learn more about your peers, Duke, and life in Durham. The schedule for the July sessions will be announced shortly via email and on our website.

August Schedule: The International Orientation will be held from Monday, August 3 until Sunday, August 9. Our hope in you attending the orientation is that you will connect with other international and upper-class students, learn about resources at Duke to aid in your transition to the U.S, and grow in your academic, social, and emotional well-being. There will be live and pre-recorded sessions that will introduce you to various resources available to you at Duke.

Session / Panel Title Date Start Time End Time Description
Meet and Greet with IHOPs & IHouse  8/3/20 8:00 AM 8:30 AM Meet with the amazing iHouse staff and some of the wonderful International House Orientation Peers (IHOPs) who are your upperclass peer leaders during and after the Orientation.
Welcome to the Bull City & Duke University 8/3/20 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Welcome to the Bull City & Duke: A brief overview of Durham's history and present, the Office of Durham & Community Affairs, and ways you can get involved in Durham (virtually and in-person)
Remote Learning during COVID-19 8/3/20 11:00 AM 12:00 PM With the beginning of a global pandemic, many students had to transition to taking classes online and learning remotely. How did the IHOPs handle this transition? What was challenging, what was a good learning experience? Let's chat with the IHOPs and hear their experiences and suggestions.
Remote Learning during COVID-19 8/3/20 8:00 PM 9:00 PM With the beginning of a global pandemic, many students had to transition to taking classes online and learning remotely. How did the IHOPs handle this transition? What was challenging, what was a good learning experience? Let's chat with the IHOPs and hear their experiences and suggestions.
How to Make the Best of Liberal Arts Education 8/4/20 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Duke offers so many great academic opportunities to explore. How can you make the best of a liberal arts education and take an advantage of it best in your first year? Your peer leaders will share their experiences and advice.
Duke Visa Services 8/4/20 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Samantha Franklin is the wonderful international student advisor at DVS. She will present important information regarding your student visas and what services DVS provides. You will also have the opportunity to ask her questions.
How to Make the Best of Liberal Arts Education 8/4/20 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Duke offers so many great academic opportunities to explore. How can you make the best of a liberal arts education and take an advantage of it best in your first year? Your peer leaders will share their experiences and advice.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Pratt 8/5/20 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Are you going to be a Pratt student? Are you curious about engineering courses and experience? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Pratt and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Philosophy/ Sociology/ Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies 8/5/20 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Are you interested in Philosophy, Sociology, or Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Public Policy/ Political Science/ Global Health 8/5/20 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Are you interested in Public Policy, Political Science, or Global Health? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Economics 8/5/20 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Are you interested in Economics? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
International Duke Undergraduate Alumni Panel 8/6/20 8:00 AM 8:45 AM The Duke Alumni Association has gather international alumni from around the world to lead a discussion on their experiences as students at Duke.
Global Essentials: From Consent to Hook Ups 8/6/20 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Come join the Women's Center and the I-House as they share with you a video designed to compliment the various educational initiatives you receive during Orientation week about gender violence. This video features both upper-class international and domestic students, that share their experiences with the social scene and dating at Duke. An engaging and informative video, that is geared to help international students better understand gender violence, dating, and how they relate to US culture. 
International Duke Undergraduate Alumni Panel 8/6/20 8:00 PM 8:45 PM The Duke Alumni Association has gather international alumni from around the world to lead a discussion on their experiences as students at Duke.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Pratt 8/8/20 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Are you going to be a Pratt student? Are you curious about engineering courses and experience? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Pratt and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Chemistry /Biological Sciences 8/8/20 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Are you interested in Chemisty or Biological Sciences? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Chat with Cultural Student Organizations 8/8/20 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Meet with several representatives from different student organizations at Duke. Some of the groups that will be at the panel are: International Association (IA), Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Duke Diya (South Asian Student Organization), Duke Student Government, Duke Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Pakistani Student Association, Duke Muslim Student Association (MSA). They will introduce their organizations and discuss how you can get involved.
LASO: Introduction to Duke for Latinos 8/8/20 3:00 PM 4:30 PM LASO welcomes you to this program designed to best prepare you for your time before Duke and speak to current Duke Latino students. We will be splitting our session into professional, academic and adapting to US culture/ appropriate sexual behavior. You can view our welcome message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFvlsjCNa7U&t=1s 
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Statistics/Data Science/Math 8/8/20 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Are you interested in Statistics, Data Science, or Math? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Meet Duke ASEAN: Building the South East Asian Community at Duke 8/9/20 9:30 AM 10:30 AM Come join us and meet Duke ASEAN exec members in learning more about our club and our mission in building the South East Asian community at Duke. We will be sharing details about what we do and some events that we are planning for the fall semester, as well as hosting a live Q&A session to answer any of your questions relating to life at Duke!
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Languages 8/9/20 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Are you interested in learning more about Language courses? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.
Majors Exploration with IHOPs: Computer Science 8/9/20 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Are you interested in Computer Science? Take this opportunity to meet with IHOPs who are in Trinity and can share their experiences with you. Feel free to ask any questions you would like to know about their favorite classes, professors, and any other tips that may be helpful for you.

The Zoom links to these meetings will be shared next week so you can access the panels.

Please click here to register for the International Undergraduate Orientation.

Questions?  Please contact Esra Uzun Mason (esra.mason@duke.edu).

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2020 INTERNATIONAL FAMILY/PARENTS ORIENTATION

Congratulations on your child's acceptance to Duke University Class of 2024!  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.

This year, due to our efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the International Family/ Parents Orientation will be held virtually in close collaboration with the Parent and Family Programs.

We have designed an orientation for your parent(s) and other family members to: 

  • Become familiar with the International House staff, programs and services
  • Explore various campus resources and programs that are available to students at Duke
  • Learn about academic resources and other systems of support for student success
  • Discuss ways to support students’ well-being as they navigate their first year during COVID-19 remotely or in person

Dates of The Family/Parents Orientation: July 27, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Click here to view the orientation schedule

If you have any questions, please contact  ihouse@duke.edu or familyprograms@duke.edu 

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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.

Mission

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.

Please contact esra.mason@duke.edu 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.

Responsibilities:

  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.

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.

Please contact esra.mason@duke.edu with questions.

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