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McTyeire International House

2020 McTyeire FAQ

The Program
What happens to the dinner program and the study breaks?

The dinner program will be conducted via Zoom, Monday through Thursday, 6:10 – 6:50pm. We will offer a variety of activities, welcome our faculty advisers and invite other guests. Your input is welcome! The weekly study break will take place at one of the four dinners.

How will I interact with my coordinator?

Your coordinator will be there for you like before but mostly online. Some coordinators will work remotely. Never hesitate to contact your coordinator outside of the dinners.

Can I take part in the conversations if I study remotely or am living off campus?

If you have been accepted to McTyeire but have chosen to live off campus or study remotely, you can still be part of the dinner program. Simply send an email to anja.bandas@vanderbilt.edu before the start of classes so we can add you to our Brightspace pages.

Will we have other programming?

For safety reasons, we have to suspend our usual in-person programming like the cultural celebrations, the int’l dessert night etc. Your coordinators, RAs and the house council will however collaborate to keep the community strong.

What happens to our Opening Event?

On the first day of classes, each hall will meet with their coordinator and faculty adviser on Zoom to get to know each other and to discuss the details of the dinner program.

For any questions relating to the Language Program, please, contact the Program Director, Anja Bandas

OHARE
When can I move into McTyeire?

To allow healthy social distancing during move-in, prior to coming to campus students must schedule a move-in appointment through the Student Housing Portal. Appointments allot one (1) hour for students to move their belongings into their rooms and then move their vehicle to a designated parking area. More information can be found here. The move-in periods are:

  • 8/17, 8am – 4pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/18, 8am – 4pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/19, 8am – 4pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/20, 8am – 7pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/21, 8am – 7pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/22, 8am – 7pm (1-hour slots)
  • 8/23, 8am – 4pm (1-hour slots)

For any questions relating to Housing and move-in, please, contact ohare@vanderbilt.edu.

When can I access storage in McTyeire?

Please contact the Area Coordinator, Danny Coradazzi

What common spaces are available in the building?

The Fireside Lounge will be available. However, we have reduced the seating and spaced the seating elements in order to maintain social distancing.

If I am not returning to McTyeire in the fall semester, can I hold a room for the spring?

No; we cannot guarantee spring housing for students who do not live on-campus in the fall because all rooms may be occupied by fall residents. If you want to return to McTyeire in the spring, please contact Anja Bandas later in the fall semester to check for vacancies or to be put on a wait list.

Vanderbilt Dining
Where do I get dinner and breakfast?

Vanderbilt Dining will have boxed breakfasts and dinners and bottled drinks ready for pick-up at the McTyeire Dining Hall. Breakfast pick-up is Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 9:30am. Dinner pick-up is Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm. We will not be able to eat in the dining room due to safety measures.

Do I have any choices?

The menu will be rotating and feature a variety of cultures. All meals will be tailored to have a vegan and an animal protein choice. They come with pre-packaged sides and there will be other cold sides/desserts to choose from.

Will there be vegan/vegetarian options?

Yes. A vegan option will be provided at every meal, also breakfast.

Where do I get my other meals?

All meals other than the McTyeire breakfasts and dinners need to be picked up at other locations. For details, please see https://campusdining.vanderbilt.edu/

When does the meal plan start?

The first day your meal plan is active, is Monday, August 17. However, the McTyeire kitchen will open, as usual, the first day of classes, Monday, August 24, with breakfast. During the week of August 17, you will pick up your meals at other locations. Please, see https://campusdining.vanderbilt.edu/

 

How to Apply

For more information, please consult the McTyeire International House Handbook.

Residency in McTyeire is eligible to be a component of your Immersion Experience. For details, please consult the ImmersionHub.


What is McTyeire?

McTyeire International House promotes the use of foreign languages and the awareness of different cultures. McTyeire offers programs to students seeking to improve their fluency in French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, or Korean as well as a program offered in English, the International Interest Hall, to students seeking to learn more about international topics. Students are required to speak their target languages or discuss international topics at specific activities, including weekly study breaks and international dinners served Monday through Thursday in McTyeire’s own dining room. McTyeire’s kitchen specializes in international cuisine from around the world.

All McTyeire residents are housed in single rooms. McTyeire also features a fireside lounge, classroom, library, and TV lounge.


Who Can Live in McTyeire?

It is not necessary to be a language major to be part of McTyeire’s language groups. In fact, one of McTyeire’s main attractions is the diversity of its residents. Residency is open to students of all majors and schools of the University, second-year or higher. The McTyeire community also includes a select number of native speakers. Many of the students are preparing to study in one of the Vanderbilt-affiliated overseas programs or have just returned from their time abroad. The only requirements are sufficient language ability to converse informally (when joining a language group) and the willingness to participate in both group specific and McTyeire-wide activities.


What Goes on at McTyeire?

Events at McTyeire are organized both by the residence hall as a whole and by the individual halls. McTyeire-wide activities include volleyball, cook-outs, and special events (e.g., cultural celebrations, McTyeire Olympics, and an international dessert night). The fireside lounge provides a cozy setting for studying, fireside chats featuring guest speakers, and marshmallow roasts. Each week, the halls meet at study breaks for discussions, presentations, playing games, or eating international food.


What is the McTyeire Meal Plan?

Because the international dinners are the heart of the McTyeire Living/Learning program, the meal plans of residents are configured so that four meal swipes will be utilized for mandatory dinners served Mondays-Thursdays at 6 p.m. and five for the hot breakfast bar served Mondays-Fridays from 7 to 10 a.m. in McTyeire’s own Dining Hall. The meal plans of residents align with the undergraduate meal plan requirement with the exception of seniors who will receive one additional weekly meal swipe to ensure full participation in the nine required meals at McTyeire. The dinners at McTyeire always include a vegetarian option and salad bar.


How to get into McTyeire?

The International House is a project of the College of Arts and Science in partnership with the Office of Housing and Residential Experience and Vanderbilt Campus Dining. It is open to all students of the University, second-year and higher. Application forms are available online. New residents are selected by committees of students and faculty during February for the following year or at other times when there are vacancies.


Contact Us

Program Director, College of Arts and Science: Anja Bandas

Area Coordinator, OHARE: Daniel Coradazzi

Dining Manager, Campus Dining: Michael Ferral