The International House is a Living Learning Center dedicated to the fostering of
an interest in foreign languages and foreign cultures. In addition, language clubs
sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offer a variety of
activities throughout the year, many at the International House. Students living in
the House have the best and easiest access to a variety of activities across a variety
Conversation tutors are also regularly available in the house for language practice
and general conversation and information.
Students invited to live in the International House are a mix of majors and minors
in one or more languages, students in International Studies, students planning to
study abroad or returning from such study, and international students studying at
the University of Memphis.
There and back again
The International House is intended to help students transition back into life at
an American university and dealing with reverse culture shock by sharing their experiences
with others who have made similar experiences in other countries, as well as with
those looking forward to having such an experience themselves.
The International House is not restricted to any one language - in fact, we encourage
an explosion of languages in the house, so that students can be exposed to further
languages beyond their native language and their primary language of study.
The International House is more than a house and a meeting place - it is intended
as a living, dynamic language laboratory, where students are given the opportunity
to experiment with languages and cultures as far as their interests take them.
International House Course
All students living in the International House are encouraged to take this course
(generally offered in the spring semester); the course is open to a limited number
of other students as well.
LALI 4026: "International Social Etiquette" - This course is required for all students
living in the International House, and open to a limited number of other students
as well. Students may choose to count this 3-credit course as one of their electives
towards fulfillment of the Humanities requirement. The course meets on Tuesdays in
the International House, 4:45 to 7:45 pm.
Course Objective:The goal of this course is to promote an understanding of the culturally
specific, as well as the culturally shared, aspects of social etiquette, concentrating
on the traditions and social atmosphere surrounding meals. The course also seeks to
develop a basic understanding of the interrelationship of food, culture, and cultural
This community-building course draws on the expertise of a large number of faculty members of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and allows students to get to know not only professors in their language
of study, but also professors of other languages.
For more information,
contact the Director of the International House:
Dr. Robert Fagley
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Memphis
Jones Hall 108