Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

International House

Live at the I-Housea CyPhi RLC program co-sponsored by International Programs Office and the International Student Services. International House will be lodged in Swig Hall, 5th floor, as a special-focus floor within CyPhi RLC beginning in fall of 2009.


International House will be both a physical residence and a way of global engagement which is interdisciplinary and informed by the Swig RLC’s focus on sustainability and the arts. While embedded in Swig Hall, International House is intended to serve a broad campus constituency looking for a “learning community” interested in globalization, constructive engagement in the world, and educated solidarity with those most in need. Thus International House will include non-resident affiliates. A subsidiary purpose of International House will be to prepare freshmen and sophomore students for a study abroad/community-based learning experience overseas. It is equally important to create a welcoming and academically challenging residential environment for students who are returning from study abroad and wish to live in or be affiliated with an international/intercultural community on campus.

Courses affiliated with International House

1) Political Science
Globalization and Global Engagement
This course will be taught by CyPhi’s Fellow, Professor Dennis Gordon. The class will fulfill the social science requirement in the current Core and a requirement for the International Studies minor. (Will fulfill Civic Engagement core requirement in the second year.)
Course description: Globalization is a contemporary term used to describe the processes of increased interaction between nations and peoples of the world. This course analyzes the social, political and environmental impact of globalization from the analytical perspectives of Realism, Idealism, Political Economy, and Sustainability. Along with an examination of classic texts, analytical concepts and contemporary case studies, students will engage in classroom, campus, and community activities in the spirit of thinking globally, acting locally. To be offered winter or spring, 2010.

(2) Critical Thinking & Writing I and II: The Lives of Others: International Perspectives.(Fall 2009/Spring 2010) **for first-year students only.
This course will be taught by Dr. Jill Goodman Gould, Senior Lecturer in English. Jill’s expertise as a writing instructor, her many years of teaching in International Programs in Durham and London, and two year-long Fulbright Fellowships in Poland make her a perfect choice to teach the first-year students in International House.
Course Description: his two-course sequence uses literature – particularly life writing (biography, autobiography, and memoir) -- as a means to examine important human issues in a particular area of the world. Through reading, reflection, discussion, and various kinds of writing (including a researched, students will be asked to expand their critical thinking about the genre of life writing, particular narratives, and important historical subjects and issues. Countries/regions to examine through literature: areas of South America, India, the Baltics, Russia, United States civil rights era, South Africa, Nigeria, China).

How to Apply

In order to be considered for International House, you should complete the I-House Application. Candidates will receive notification about International House via email.  


Please contact Sherry Booth ( and John Farnsworth (, Faculty Directors of CyPhi. 

Academic standing as start of Fall Quarter 2009
Tell us why you are interested in International House and anything else that may help your application.

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