Orientation, Social and Cultural Activities

Earth Hour 2013

At International House, residents find all the support they need to make their time at university enriching and worthwhile. There's a welcoming mentor program for new residents, academic support through a tutorial program, guest lectures, scholarships and bursaries. This adds up to a significant advantage for students, who get to live in a supportive environment that also supplements their university education.

International House (IH) and International House Members' Association (IHMA) hosts many exciting events throughout the year, such as: formal dinners; musical performances; discos; dancing and singing competitions; sporting events like paintball, soccer, and basketball; trips around Australia; harbour cruises and much more.


Orientation Week

Whilst other students are still trying to find their accommodation, International House Residents are settling into their room and enjoying Orientation activities and events. International House has a comprehensive Orientation program with plenty of opportunity to get to know campus, Sydney and the other residents. It is a fun and important beginning to academic life at Sydney.



Social and Cultural Events

IHMA organises a wide variety of social and cultural events aimed at fostering community spirit within the House. IHMA’s calendar contains activities appealing to everybody regardless of taste or cultural background.

Just some of the events on the IHMA calendar include social events such as the Harbour Cruise in Semester 1 and the Ball in semester 2; sporting events such as the Interfloor Games and Paintball, fun activities such as the Assassination Game, iNight, Quiz Nights, Amazing Race and Floor Parties. Other cultural and social activities organised by IH and IHMA includes an international food fair, environmental day dinner, a trip to the House’s Log Cabin in the Southern Highlands, a formal candlelight dinner at the end of the year and much more.

Check out our facebook page for current pics of all these events, plus much more!


Palladian Cup

The IH debate team

 The Palladian Cup is a multi-event Eisteddfod (a festival of literature, music, and performance) run throughout the year.

The Cup incorporates debating, oration, solo and group vocal performances, individual and group instrumental performances, individual and group drama performances, dance, and art.

All 8 of the University of Sydney's residential colleges compete against each other to win the Cup. Each competition won inches IH one step closer to winning the Cup! This year IH has competed in every event and hopes to continue doing so.

If you're interested in taking part, make yourself known to the Intercol reps when you arrive at IH! Whether you're a seasoned veteran in these fields or just want to try something new, competing is open to you! Don't feel like competing yourself, though? Pull on an IH jumper and cheer them on!