“A home away from home”( or another short phrase)


Our Mission

International House of RI is an independent nonprofit multi-cultural organization that provides a "home away from home" for international students, scholars, professors, researchers and their families.  It enhances the local community by building cultural awareness and knowledge of the world through IHRI programs created with the distinct purpose of increasing connection, celebrating similarities and differences and envisioning a world in which friendship and understanding overwhelm anonymity, isolation and ignorance.

IHRI programming ranges from helping to support individuals' needs while in Rhode Island to presenting multi-cultural events and programs.  Offerings include conversational English language classes and tutoring at all levels, foreign language classes, orientation to local activities, a preschool children's group, yoga, crafts, French Club, nationality dinners and walking/bus tours.

IHRI is a member-supported organization, and additional funding sources include foundations, grants, and donations.  Membership is open to the public and benefits include access to all programming as well as discounts for dinners, language classes, trips, and many other events.

This was my first time abroad, and through International House my insecurities and concerns about living far from everything that I knew quickly disappeared, to be replaced with friendship, respect and a genuine feeling of happiness. Here the plurality from several homes becomes a unique home of respect, kindness, understanding and happiness.
— Ederson Safra Melo, from Brazil