About

IHWW_GROUP6The International House movement was founded back in the early 1900s due to the plight of international students, be that inadequate housing or simply loneliness, being highlighted by some chance meetings.

In Philadelphia Dr. Waldo Stevenson (a missionary), began entertaining foreign students in his modest apartment and by 1910, the work had expanded so much that he took the case to the Christian Association, the project grew further and International House Philadelphia was born.

Harry Edmonds decided to investigate the situation of foreign students having bumped into a Chinese student in New York City and with the funding and support of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the first purpose built International House opened in New York in 1924.

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I-House Start Date Beds Nationalities
Philadelphia 1910 400 80
New York 1924 700 100
Berkeley 1930 575 70
Chicago 1932 450 50
Washington DC 1936 100 40
Melbourne 1957 350 35
Brisbane 1965 240 35
London 1965 700 100
Sydney 1967 200 43
Wollongong 1980 218 30
Darwin 1985 360 44
San Diego 1988 350 30
Harrisburg 2002 151 94
Alberta 2004 154 45
Bucharest 2009 1800 16
Northern Arizona 2012 196  40
Goodenough College 2014 700 82