Living the Language
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the International
House is a Living Learning Community located in the Carpenter Housing Complex, and dedicated to the fostering of an interest in foreign languages and cultures.
In addition, language clubs sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
offer a variety of activities throughout the year at the International House. Students
living in the House have the best and easiest access to a great number of activities
across a variety of languages such as films, language tables, tutoring, and major
There is, furthermore, at least one course that takes place each academic year at
the I-House; it is intended for the residents of the I-House, as well as other interested
students on campus. For more information, please click here.
Students invited to live in the International House are a mix of:
•those who are majoring or minoring in one or more foreign languages,
•those interested in international studies and/or business,
•those planning to study abroad (whether for a summer, a semester, or a year),
•those returning from study abroad, and
•international students who have come to study at the University of Memphis.
The International House is an ideal place to live for those considering study abroad.
All the same, sometimes even more difficult than preparing for a study abroad is returning
from such a rewarding and, for many, life-changing experience. The International House
is intended to help students transition back into life at an American university and
deal with reverse culture shock by sharing their experiences with others who have
made similar experiences in other countries, as well as with those looking forward
to having such an enriching experience themselves.
Moreover, conversation tutors are regularly available in the house for language practice,
as well as for general conversation and information.
A Language Explosion
The International House is not restricted to any one language—in fact, we encourage
a multitude of languages in the house, so that students can be exposed to further
languages beyond their native language and their primary language of study.
The International House is more than a house and a meeting place—it is intended as
a living, dynamic language laboratory, where students are given the opportunity to
experiment with languages and cultures as far as their interests take them.
For more information on living in the International House, and on how to apply, click
To watch a brief video about the International House, click on the image below.