International Undergraduate Orientation

We are excited that you chose Duke as the home for your undergraduate education. The staff at the Duke International Student Center welcomes you and are eager to meet you! Our goal is to assist you with this transition in your life and be your home away from home. We hope your experience at Duke is a memorable time for you to connect with others, learn, and grow.

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Welcome, Class of 2027 International, Visiting International, and International Transfer Students!

The Duke International Student Center (DISC) staff is excited to welcome you to Duke University and to the International Undergraduate Student Orientation.

We hope that Duke and the Duke International Student Center will be a place for you to connect, learn, and grow.

The International Undergraduate Student Orientation is an opportunity for you to:

  • Be welcomed and supported by the DISC staff and the student team
  • Befriend other first-year, transfer, and visiting international students
  • Build a sense of community among all the new international students
  • Become familiar with the Duke campus and the resources available here

For many international students, the International Undergraduate Student Orientation serves a key role in acclimating themselves to the U.S. and Duke culture as well as a way of developing deep friendships with their peers.

The Fall 2023 International Undergraduate Student Orientation and the optional Early Move in dates have not been confirmed. Please revisit our website in early March 2023 and or email us for more information.  

  • Virtual International Orientation on Zoom:  Date(s) to be confirmed
  • Optional Early Move-in Dates: Date(s) to be confirmed
  • In-person Activities:  Date(s) to be confirmed

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Congratulations on your child's acceptance to the Duke University Class of 2027!

The International Family Orientation is for family members of incoming international undergraduate students and takes place on the same date and time as the International Undergraduate Orientation.

We will be organizing and hosting various events that international families can participate in during the international early move-in and orientation process. Details will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

The IHOP Program is currently under review and will be updated in the upcoming weeks. Please email us at for more information and or questions. 

Please see below for information on the 2022 IHOP program.

Upper-class international and domestic students assist the Duke International Student Center (DISC) staff with the planning and implementation of the International Orientation.

While the IHOPs obtain and practice valuable skills, they also get to have lots of fun with their younger peers and set an exemplary model for them as strong leaders, thoughtful communicators, and reliable individuals. The IHOP Program involves training sessions in the Spring semester, summer communication with the incoming international students, August training prior to the International Orientation, and scheduled peer advising on East and/or West campus throughout the first year of the incoming class.


IHOP Program’s mission is to build a community of domestic and international student leaders with a global perspective and an interest in developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills in a multicultural environment. Through training sessions in the Spring semester, IHOPs will be prepared to lead a group of approximately 20 new international students assigned to them, facilitate meaningful discussions and friendship, communicate effectively with students and their parents from different backgrounds, and offer excellent guidance and peer mentorship.

Purpose of the IHOP Program

  1. Build a community of domestic and international students in a multicultural setting.
  2. Welcome new international students and support them to acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation.
  3. Develop exemplary leadership and cross-cultural cultural communication skills among volunteering peer leaders through extensive IHOP training and team building.
  4. Understand the wide range of diverse backgrounds in the Duke student populations and advocate for the needs of international students.

IHOP Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Welcome new international students and support them to acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation with enthusiasm.
  2. Assist DISC staff with early move-in: Welcome students and families when they arrive at the East Campus check-in station to move in and assist with moving in physically.
  3. Welcome and check in students who have been approved for early move-in with enthusiasm;
  4. Speak with parents and family members to answer their questions;
  5. Offer help students while they look for their dorms and carry their luggage;
  6. Show genuine hospitality to students who have traveled so far!
  7. Build an inclusive community of diverse students in a comfortable, fun, and engaging environment.
  8. Embrace the core values of DISC and understand the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  9. Assist with the planning of the International Orientation schedule and activities: Design icebreakers, plan and run campus tours, suggest speakers and panelists, identify frequently asked freshmen questions for panels/ IHOP Group discussions and give feedback to draft schedule(s).
  10. Provide pre-orientation assistance to IHOPlets in the summer via email. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm.
  11. Participate in the pre-orientation programs and socialize with the IHOPlets. This includes participating in activities and sharing meals together with the new students.
  12. Be in charge of East and West Campus tours for IHOPlets and their family members as part of pre-orientation programs.
  13. Ensure that the orientation runs smoothly through effective communication and collaboration with other IHOPs, your own group, and DISC staff.
  14. Facilitate engaging group discussions and lead activities before and during the orientation.
  15. Lead the Community Engagement Program on Saturday and help facilitate the debrief.
  16. Assist the DISC Staff with International Orientation duties, such as registration, set-up, and clean-up.
  17. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets. Be intentional in getting to learn their names and get to know them on a personal level.
  18. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.
  19. Execute exemplary leadership skills and maintain contact with the new students through the IHOP Mentorship Program following the International Orientation.

Please contact with questions.

IHOP Co-Chairs

They are often returning, experienced IHOPs who provide leadership for the International Orientation at the student level before and during the orientation. They ensure that unity, respect, comfort, and honesty are built among all IHOPs. In case there is not a returning IHOP that would like to take on the co-chair responsibility, two new students will be appointed based on their interest during their interviews.

IHOP Co-chairs will be selected through a nomination process.


  1. Serve as liaison between DISC staff and IHOP team.
  2. Assist DISC staff with the recruitment and training of new IHOPs.
  3. Provide feedback about International Orientation schedule during the spring semester.
  4. Assist with the IHOP training (facilitate discussions)/orientation preparation in the spring and the summer, if necessary.
  5. Support DISC staff member with the pre-orientation events by arriving early to help set-up and checking in students.
  6. Provide leadership, direction, and motivation to the IHOP team during and after International Orientation.
  7. Serve as the MC during International Orientation.

IHOP Planning Committee

  1. Activity Planning Committee (researches and organizes icebreaker activities for the orientation; suggests pre-orientation and post orientation social programs)
  2. Campus Tour Committee (identifies key locations and draws a tour direction for East and West Campus; researches information on resources and presents to the team)
  3. Student Panel Committee (looks at the topics and questions from previous student panels and plans this year’s student panels)
  4. Resource Outreach Committee (identify key stakeholders who should be invited to the International Orientation and present a list of contact information)
  5. Faculty Outreach Committee (identify faculty members to invite to the International Orientation as a keynote speaker as well as include other faculty members to attend Pre-Orientation events)
  6. Assessment Data Analysis Committee (analyzes evaluations from previous and current orientation)

IHOP Peer Mentorship

Mission: To maintain an on-going leadership program after the International Orientation through intentional programming and continuous leadership. This will be offered in the Fall semester until a new IHOP group is selected.

IHOP co-leaders are in charge of scheduling different IHOPs each week. IHOPs who are on duty can use this space to study and complete assignments when there are no first-year students for a meeting. Advisor will oversee the progress of the program and facilitate a focus group both with IHOPs and the participants of the program to assess the value of this peer mentorship.

FAQ for the IHOP Program

  • Do I have to be an international student to apply for the IHOP Program?

No. The IHOP Program welcomes ALL students from a wide range of backgrounds who are enthusiastic about welcoming and mentoring incoming international students and guiding them by sharing their own academic, social, and cultural experiences at Duke and in Durham, NC.

  • Can I serve as an IHOP if I am participating in the Orientation Leadership (previously known as FAC) program or will be a Resident Assistant for Fall 2022?

No. Students are NOT eligible to serve as an IHOP if you:

  • Are participating in the Orientation Leadership (previously known as FAC) program
  • Will be a Resident Assistant for Fall 2022
  • Will Study Away during Spring or Fall 2022
  • Will intern or participate in a Study Away/DukeEngage program during Summer and you will NOT be able to move back to campus on Monday, August 15 (tentative)*.
  • You have to miss the Spring 2022 Training Sessions.

* Note: We are still waiting for Housing and Residence Life to confirm the finalized IHOP Early Move-in Dates. We will keep you posted once the dates are finalized. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Do I have to attend all IHOP training sessions?

Yes. Attending the IHOP Training sessions is mandatory. You are allowed to miss ONE session. You are expected to communicate your absence to the IHouse staff or the IHOP co-leaders as soon as possible.

IHOP Training sessions are a big part of building a community of IHOPs and setting values. Each training session is created not only to help IHOPs connect and get to know each other, but also to be a big part of the international orientation planning. We advise that you check your schedule to make sure you do not have any other commitments on Tuesdays, April 5, 12, and 19, from 6 – 8 pm. The training will be held in person at the IHouse, 2 Epworth Dorm Lane, East Campus. The sessions will not be scheduled every week.

The International Undergraduate Student Blue Book was written to support the incoming class of international students, to make sure all feel comfortable, welcome, and prepared as they transition to a new life at Duke.