International House at UC Berkeley

Get Involved. Make the Most of I-House.

The I-House Program Office is here to create opportunities for residents to foster intercultural friendships and have fun through signature I-House events, community-building programs, trips and activities.

We accomplish this by working in collaboration with I-House residents, Resident Council, the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, Resident Services and the greater UC Berkeley Community. We hope you'll join us!

Want to propose an idea or organize an event for the I-House community? I-House has funding available to directly fund ideas initiated by residents. We require at least 2-3 weeks for planning and outreach, so submit your proposal early in the semester for consideration. Recieve help with event coordination and funding support to implement your idea.  


  Past examples of resident-initiated events have included:


  • Chinese calligraphy classes, paint night, self-defense workshops at I-House
  • Tickets to musicals, concerts, and dance performances in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley
  • Tickets to professional baseball and basketball games
  • Day trips to the beach, hiking in Marin County, and San Francisco
  • Museum visits to Night Life at the Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium
  • Open mic night, ballroom dancing, movie night, cheese tasting, pop-up art shows at I-House


In order to successfully organize and publicize an event, you must submit your proposal at least 2-3 weeks in advance.  More complex events (involving transportation, reservations, tickets, etc.) may require more lead time. Please note that the execution and scheduling of Community Building Events are dependent on the existing program schedule and staffing capacity.  

Frequently Asked Questions:


What’s the budget? It depends, but think about the cost per person. We prioritize events that will include more residents for a lower cost. A few prices to give you an idea:

  • Bus rental for 55 people (round trip): $1000
  • Tickets to a professional sporting event or concert: $50-140 per person
  • Entrance to a museum/local tourist attraction: $15-50 per person
  • Workshop fee for guest instructor: $300-1000

What do I have to do as the lead resident? Come up with an idea that would be interesting to residents, fill out a proposal, and wait for approval. Depending on the complexity of your event, we may ask you to do more organizing and planning. If it’s a simpler event like going to a concert, show, or museum, you are responsible for promoting the event and getting residents to register. 

What’s the price for residents? It depends. All tickets and trips are subsidized for I-House residents. Usually around 50% of the price is subsidized.

Can I reserve spaces for my friends? The tickets will go up on Eventbrite like any other event offered at I-House. There will be a spot reserved for you, but you can’t reserve spaces for your friends. You can encourage them to sign up and give them the registration link. 

What happens after I submit a proposal? We will review your proposal and get in touch to get more details or talk about next steps.

Can we go skydiving/motorcycle racing/bungee jumping? No, our insurance doesn’t cover extreme sports or very risky activities

Can we get funding to rent cars or stay overnight somewhere (Yosemite, LA, Vegas etc)? No, our insurance doesn’t cover that, you can request a bus for a day trip. Trips to Yosemite, Las Vegas, LA, and Napa are available through USA Student Tour (use code IHB for a small discount for I-House residents). 

I have more questions about submitting a proposal, who can I talk to? Stop by the Program Office or email


Completed Submissions Due on Thursday April 18, 2019 by 11:59pm

Please use this form to nominate an I-House resident or recent alum for their outstanding service/volunteer work outside of I-House that has positively impacted communities locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It honors a resident who has made sustained, exceptional contributions to the community, whether by tutoring, working with the homeless, fundraising, advocating for special causes, or other types of volunteer service. In the past this has included counseling prisoners, mentoring disadvantaged students, and using animal pets to provide therapy for the seriously ill. 

You may nominate yourself, a current I-House resident, or recent alum (~3 years). 

Completed Submissions Due on Thursday, April 18, 2017 by 11:59pm

The Crossing Borders Essay Competition is made possible by the Hugo and Elfi Tarazona Endowment in honor of Barbara Lynch

The Crossing Borders Essay Competition is an initiative open to current residents of International House - UC Berkeley. This annual award is named after Barbara Lynch who touched the lives of thousands of residents directing the I-House Program Office from 1966 to 1988. After Barbara died in 2001, Hugo and Elfi Tarazona established an endowment for the Barbara Lynch Crossing Borders Essay Awards Program. 

The fund provides awards to three residents who capture the essence of their I-House experience in a composition. Many aspects of the essays are considered as part of the judging, and this is done in such a manner which neither favors nor discriminates against native speakers of English. We encourage all residents to submit entries.

Essay Theme: “How has the I-House experience impacted you?” 

How living at I-House has affected your perceptions, choices, and dreams?  You can describe a experience, and event or interaction you've had while living at I-House. This might include meeting people from different ethnic backgrounds;  conversations in hallways, and bathrooms, roommate situations, eating in the dining hall, cross-cultural discussions, dances, volunteering or anything else that has touched your life in some way.

Winners receive the following prizes: 1st Prize - $250 and honor of delivering keynote speech at the final Sunday Supper | 2nd Prize - $150 | 3rd Prize - $100

Winners are announced at the last Sunday Supper of the academic year. The 1st place winner has the special honor of giving the I-House Resident Keynote Address at the last Sunday Supper of the academic year.

Past winners can be found here:

Submit your requests for sports equipment, board games, and other supplies you'd like to have available at I-House. Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Office for approval.

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