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Adjusting to university life, especially in a new country, can be difficult
Our support systems have been developed over the past 50 years with a focus on getting you settled into life on campus and helping you during your studies.

A glimpse of our workshops and events

You’ll spend your first week taking part in our welcome week program, which is designed to help you have fun, meet friends and access vital information about living at the most diverse community on campus. After a few meals in our dining room, you’ll find the most difficult part is simply remembering the names of all the people you’re meeting!

Our programs

Leadership is about understanding how people work together. This is now an essential requirement for today's workplace. It's also something you won't get from your degree alone.

By choosing your own pathway that fits in with your studies, you'll access exclusive course content, gain real learning experiences, and engage with world-class experts.

Specially-tailored for International House residents, the Global Leadership Program is your key to a systemic, sustainable, and culturally competent understanding of leadership.

Semester 1 GLP

What is leadership all about? Why do we need it, and how can we do it well?

Gain valuable knowledge and experience – and earn yourself a personalised LinkedIn testimonial – by undertaking the Global Leadership Program.

Open to all IH residents. Enrolment closes Wednesday 29 February (week 1).

Leadership Talks Series

Dr Harald Bergsteiner

Date and Time: Wednesday 17 April, 6.30-8pm

Location: The Wool Room

About this talk

The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), while still in its infancy, describes a form of capitalism that is smarter, more sustainable and more equitable than the kind that led to the Global Financial Crisis.

The implementation of this philosophy across Thailand can be seen as an economic, environmental and social experiment on a grand scale. Unsurprisingly, its very boldness and grandness of vision attracted a coterie of detractors. However, the voices of the naysayers are becoming more muted as evidence accumulates that companies, schools, communities and even micro-farms that follow the philosophy are more sustainable and successful.

At an operational level, the SEP is predicated on individuals and groups sharing certain basic values, who also believe in using knowledge gained through education and experience. By doing so, they are able to make wise decisions based on moderation, reasonableness and prudence, and engage in wise behaviours that create well-being for themselves, their families, communities and local environment, and even their nations — and ultimately the globe.

About the presenter

Harry completed his PhD in management at Macquarie University, and specialises in sustainable leadership and accountability.

Using additional skills from his earlier background in architecture and urban management, Harry applies extensive graphical modelling to present research findings to practitioners and in developing practical tools.

Harry is currently co-director of ISL, an honorary professor at the Australian Catholic University, author, study tour leader and advisor to government and the private sector.

Harry takes pride in the fact that he was the first applicant seeking to live in the House in 1967. He has supported IH passionately throughout its fifty years, attending many of its major events and serving on the IH Council for just over 10 years (from 2006 to April 2016).

Complimentary academic support is available for most subjects at the University. Tutoring takes place on a weekly basis and is conducted by senior residents or external tutors who have achieved excellent results in their fields of study.

Held prior to the start of the study period, our Welcome Week program is your chance to focus on getting to know new places and new friends.

We take pride in the reputation of International House as a safe and inclusive environment, and hold three compulsory workshops (Orientation Program, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Race and Racism) to get new residents up to speed with house policies and behavioural expectations.

Our wellbeing studio is a versatile space equipped with a large wall mirror, yoga mats, weights and various gym equipment. The studio is open between 9am-11pm, and residents are encouraged to use it for exercise, dance practice and fitness classes.

International House partners with Sydney University Sport & Fitness to provide residents with a free membership which includes access to an indoor heated pool and court hire.

International House Members Association (IHMA) has represented the interests of residents in the house since its inception in 1967. We organise a multitude of social and cultural events and activities throughout the year, aiming to encourage interaction and community spirit amon residents. As a student representative body, IHMA also takes feedback from residents about any concerns which they may have about life at the house.

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Moving to Sydney has given me a new experience of my country; moving to IH has given me a new experience of the world.
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