Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane-1In 1955, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Rotary International, Rotarian Bert Martin embarked on a program to build an International House in Brisbane. It was opened in 1965 with 50 residents. Today, International House Brisbane provides fully catered accommodation for 200 undergraduate students and self catered accommodation for 40 post graduate students. The single occupant study/bedrooms are available to International and Australian students attending the University of Queensland.International House operates as a social enterprise a ‘Community for Understanding’ and is underpinned by four platforms:

  • Being sustainable,
  • Being culturally diverse, aware and inclusive,
  • Being socially engaged and responsible, and
  • Being supportive (of residents).

For each of these platforms IH coordinates a range of activities and events including:

  • Eco-friendly policy and program
  • Soirée (annual multicultural festival)
  • Tabiat Selasa (Tuesday’s Habit of cultural, sporting, social, and environmental projects)
  • I-Feast and I-Festivals, e.g. mid autumn
  • Bara Khanas (formal dinners celebrating achievement and culture)
  • Projects for Peace – Milpera and Mbabanga
  • Annual Peace and Understanding Lecture
  • Pastoral and Academic program
  • Resident Leadership program
  • Rewards and awards program

The College aims to build partnerships and alliances, through the International House Foundation and our Alumni, with organizations in the wider community that espouse and are consistent with our social mission.