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Office of International Studies and Programs

International House

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Introduction

The International House program, located in Kennedy Hall, houses many International Exchange Students and students wishing to broaden their cultural experiences. Many activities and events are planned to enhance this atmosphere. There is no extra cost involved with living in the CWU International House. To view information on residence hall costs, please see the Residence Hall Rate Sheet.

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Mission Statement

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The International Theme Community is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about countries and cultures different from their own. Students will have many opportunities to interact with others from around the world by living together and participating in various cross-cultural activities.

The I-House mission is to encourage learning about different cultures by living together and having open communication about cultural similarities and differences.

The I-House vision is to contribute to the internationalization of the CWU community in conjunction with the Office of International Studies, World Languages and other global initiatives.  We seek to broaden students’ understanding of the world and prepare them for the global workforce.

The goals of the I-House are:

  • to foster better understanding of their hall mates’ culture
  • encourage U.S. students to study abroad
  • establish lifelong international friendships
  • to give students an opportunity to gain a broader global perspective.

We plan to reach these goals by encouraging open communication within the hall, organizing events such as dinners, presentations and excursions, and bringing in speakers from different countries and representatives from Study Abroad.

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Eligibility:

Students who select I-House on their housing contract will contacted by the Faculty Advisor by e-mail or interviewed at the LLC/TC breakfast during Discover orientation.

Application Process:

A) If you are an incoming Freshman or new International Student:

  1. Download and Complete the CWU Room and Board Contract.
  2. Submit the contract to University Housing along with a $200 deposit.

The deposit can be made in the following ways:

  • A U.S. Bank draft for $200 made payable to "CWU." Please handwrite your name on the check and the words: "Rm & Bd contract deposit."
  • Online payment.

The completed Room and Board Contract can be mailed to:

University Housing and New Student Programs
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7491.

B) If you are a student already living on campus:.

You will need to submit a Room Change Request to University Housing and meet with the I-House Faculty Advisor for consideration.

Incoming exchange students will automatically be placed in Kennedy and encouraged to participate in I-House.

Further Information

For more information on the International House and its activities please contact Roz Moes at moesr@cwu.edu or by calling (509) 963-3614.