Founded in 1930 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, self-supporting residential and community-oriented facility located in the southeast foothills of the Berkeley Campus. The historic complex is adjacent to the California Memorial Stadium along Piedmont Avenue. The building has six floors of 470 single and double residential rooms, including a conference center featuring the Chevron Auditorium with a capacity of 350, several other smaller meeting rooms, plus a library, and a dining commons with a capacity of 325. Since its founding, it has housed more than 95,000 residents including two Governors of California and eight Nobel Prize laureates. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding among people throughout the world across cultural, economic, and ethnic lines.
Each year I-House provides some 1,100 students and scholars from 75+ nationalities (including the USA) with an opportunity to live and learn together over the course of a typical 12-month cycle. With a renewed emphasis on the acquisition of intercultural leadership skills, I-House strives to augment and expand the impact of the residential life experience by encouraging lifetime personal and professional connections that transform lives and offer skills that enrich and enhance career opportunities. I-House’s rich array of programs serves the residents, the campus and local community.