International House offers an extensive learning support program, from a purpose built library and e-learning space to a supportive undergraduate tutorial program that aims to accelerate student learning. The academic enrichment at IH helps students adjust to tertiary learning quickly and gives them the support they need to excel in their studies.
Our comprehensive tutorial program provides supplementary learning for university-level subjects in a small group environment. In 2016, International House offered tutorials in 66 different university subjects. Tutorials offer residents the opportunity to ask questions that they might feel less comfortable asking in university tutorials, and are beneficial for exploring concepts in greater depth.
The program covers first and some second year university subjects and is facilitated by a team of tutors who are employed for their area of academic expertise. Tutorials are held in the evenings from Monday to Wednesday and are compulsory for all first year students. Tutors are also available for one-on-one consultation and assignment help during the academic year.
Our academic facilities and quiet study areas provide space for residents to study alone or collaborate over group work. There is an e-learning space within the Angus Mitchell Library that provides 24-hour access to shared computers and printers. As printing is free, residents are asked to provide their own paper. Architecture and Visual Arts students will also benefit from a purpose built design studio.
Every student room has broadband internet connection and wireless internet is accessible in the communal living areas. Residents are attributed a weekly data allowance for the purposes of academic study only, with an option to purchase additional data if needed.
Angus Mitchell Library
Our well-stocked library includes an e-learning space which is provided exclusively for use by International House residents. It contains an extensive range of academic textbooks, English literature, journals, newspapers, magazines and biographies. The collection has an emphasis on Australian and Southeast Asian material and there is even a selected range of fiction material available for light reading. Residents can borrow material from the library and are encouraged to suggest new books for the collection.
Academic and professional enrichment
Each semester, industry and academic guests present to residents at informal evening sessions. This program is designed to stimulate thinking with engaging content and encourage residents to think broadly about their environment and the world they live in.
A Mentoring Program with the graduate residents of the College enables a mutually beneficial information exchange for undergraduate students. The Program assists with relationship-building and developing communication skills, as graduate students provide academic guidance to their younger protégés.
Academic seminars are held approximately once per month, and allow members of the graduate student community to present on their area of study or research. Undergraduate students are particularly welcome at these seminars, as it allows them the chance to learn more about graduate study at the University of Melbourne.