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!

Audition Applications Due: Thursday, March 7, 11:59pm

Calling all poets, musicians, magicians, dancers, and other performers! Show your talent at the Resident Concert, perform in the I-House Auditorium, and raise money for the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.

1.  Make a video one to three minutes long that shows the specific song, dance, poem, or other performance you would like to perform.
2.  Submit your video and fill out this audition application no later than Thursday, March 7, 11:59pm.
3. You will be notified with our decision on your submission, along with rehearsal schedule details by Friday, November 16.
4. Rehearsals: There is a mandatory rehearsal on Monday, March 11, 7-10pm (your group will be scheduled for a specific rehearsal slot). Please make sure that everyone in your group can be available during this time. There will be a *very brief* final soundcheck immediately prior to the concert from 5-7pm on November 28.

Share your culture and show your pride by hosting a themed Coffee Hour!  Work with a few friends and receive a $300 budget to showcase typical foods, beverages, and cultural expressions from your home region.

Coffee Hour proposals must be submitted at least two weeks before your proposed date. You must have a group of at least three I-House residents helping with the coordination, they do not have to be from the same country. 

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


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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