January 13, 2016
In order to accommodate an increasing number of College students on campus in fall 2016, a fifth College House will be added to International House. As a result, I-House will transition away from graduate student housing, which means that after August 2016 I-House will no longer be available as a housing option for graduate students. This will continue until the next major residence hall construction, which is now in active planning and which we hope to complete within a few years. At that point, it will be possible to move back to partial occupancy by graduate students. These changes do not alter I-House’s mission or programming; I-House will continue to sponsor a wide array of internationally focused programs.
We recognize that you may have questions, some of which may be answered in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Q: When will graduate students need to relocate from International House?
A: Current academic-year contracts end in June 2016 but we will work with students to extend individual contracts through August as needed.
Q: Where can graduate students get information about alternative housing options?
A: A meeting with representatives from UChicago Residential Properties will be held at International House later in January. Additional information about graduate student housing is available at http://rp.uchicago.edu/graduate_housing/index.shtml
Q: What will happen to my International House Residential Fellowship?
A: International House Residential Fellowships are renewed on an annual basis. There will be no impact on the 2015-2016 Residential Fellowship Program. Information about the 2016-2017 program will be announced in the Winter Quarter.
Q: Is this change permanent?
A: This will continue until the next major residence hall construction, which is now in active planning and which we hope to complete within a few years. At that point, it will be possible to move back to partial occupancy by graduate students.
Q: How will this change the housing options for College students in I-House?
A: College students, including international students, wishing to live in the midst of I-House’s rich international programming environment will still be able to select International House as a preferred housing option. A fifth house will be added to International House, joining Booth, Phoenix, Thompson and Shorey.
Q: Will the internationally-focused public programming continue at International House?
A: This will not impact International House’s role as “Host to the World” and is consistent with I-House’s mission at UChicago to be a dynamic and diverse residential community as well as home to vibrant programming and cultural events that enable students and scholars from across the campus and the world to live and learn together. International House will continue to sponsor a wide array of internationally-focused programs through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series as well as a variety of music and cultural performances, outreach programs with international organizations, collaborations with foreign consulates, language exchanges, and forums for debate.
Q: Will International House continue to offer Metcalf Internships to undergraduate students?
A: Academic-year internships will continue to be offered to undergraduate students interested in being involved with the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series.
Q: Will Recognized Student Organizations be allowed to continue to apply for event co-sponsorship at International House?
A: International House will continue to provide co-sponsorship opportunities to UChicago RSOs who wish to plan programs at International House.
Q: Where can I find out more information about Campus North and the Community Placement Process?
A: Please refer to the Residence Hall Closures FAQ on the College Housing website for more information on the process.