Living in International House

International House is a residence for international and Canadian students on the University of Alberta campus.

Affiliated with the network of International Houses Worldwide, UAlberta's I-House seeks to provide students from various countries and cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international friendship.

The International House Intercultural Learning Program focuses on improving intercultural competencies through self-directed intentional learning and participation in International House events.

Living in I-House for one academic year and demonstrating a significant commitment to the I-House community may be used towards the CIL.

This requirement can be met in one of two ways.

1. Serving as a member of the Facilitation Team (FT) or as a Resident Assistant (RA) in I-House for one academic year.

This includes completing a 750-word reflection piece.


2. Participating-in or volunteering for 100 hours of I-House programming.

This includes helping out with welcome activities, attending cultural celebrations, and participating in I-House Community Council Meetings. If the activity is on the I-House Calendar, it counts!

You must track your participation in the I-House Participation Template (xls).

All students wishing to gain CIL credit by completing this requirement must speak with the I-House Global Education Coordinator.

Provide Documentation and Get CIL Credit

Submit the following documentation to the I-House Global Education Coordinator before March 15 of the academic year in which you have lived in I-House.

Serving as Facilitation Team (FT) member or as a Resident Assistant (RA)

  • Completed Certificate in International Learning Confirmation of International/Intercultural Experience form to be signed by the I-House Global Education Coordinator.
  • A 750-word reflection piece describing and reflecting on your role as a leader in the intercultural environment of I-House. Please include the following aspects:

    • What? What did you learn?
    • So What? What does it mean to you?
    • Now What? What do you do differently because of your involvement as a leader in I-House? And any other reflections that you would like to share.

Participating in/volunteering for 100 hours of I-House Programming