Students at the University of Sydney

Residential colleges - the early days

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

International House is a University owned and operated residential college for students from Australia and other countries around the world.

The idea of establishing an International House at the University of Sydney was first suggested in 1957 as a way of addressing the difficulty of finding suitable accommodation for students coming to study in Australia from overseas.

The first Director (Mr Graeme de Graaff) was appointed on 1 February 1965 and the Official Opening of the House (main building) was on 16 June 1967 for 125 residents (although some students had been in residence since the end of 1966).

Today International House provides residential accommodation for around 200 students from all over the world, including Australia.


Gallery


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In the 1960s
Mr Graeme de Graaff

Mr Graeme de Graaff was the inaugural director from 1965 to 1986, photo from the 'Gazette', March 1986.

Opening of International House in 1967

Sir Roden Cutler officially opening International House, Sydney University, photo by photographer, A Ozolins, National Archives of Australia A1501, A7395/1.

Opening of International House in 1967

Sir Roden Cutler and Lady Cutler at the opening of International House, University of Sydney, photo, National Archives of Australia A1501, A8206/2.

International House groups in 1967

International House groups in 1967, photo G3_224_2644_5, University of Sydney Archives - click on image to view names.

1968 student life at International House

Student life at International House in 1968, photo, 'The Gazette', March 1986, from International House Archives.

Today
International House today

Photo, University of Sydney

International House played host to the International Houses

Some of the 20 delegates from around the world who attended the International Houses' World Wide Conference (IHWWC) 12 to 14 January 2009 which International House hosted, photo, University of Sydney News ... more.

International House today

Photo, International House website

The Chancellor delivered a welcome address at the gala event held at International House

The Chancellor delivered a welcome address at the gala event held at International House on 1 April 2012 to celebrate its 45th anniversary, photo, University of Sydney News ... more.

Around 200 people including current and former residents attended the gala event

Around 200 people including current and former residents attended the gala event held at International House on 1 April 2012 to celebrate its 45th anniversary, photo, University of Sydney News ... more.