McTyeire International House
How to Apply
For more information, please consult the McTyeire International House Handbook.
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, or Russian 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, a library and a 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 upperclass undergraduate students of all majors and schools of the University. The McTyeire community also includes a select number of native speakers. Many of the undergraduate students are preparing to study in one of the Vanderbilt overseas programs or have just returned from a semester 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.
The International House is a project of the College of Arts and Science in partnership with the Office of Housing and Residential Education. It is open to all upper-class undergraduate students of the University. Application forms are available online and in the Office of Housing and Residential Education, 4113 Branscomb Quadrangle, early in the spring semester. New residents are selected by committees of students and faculty during February for the following year or at other times when there are vacancies.
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 fireplace 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 will be 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 bars served Mondays-Fridays from 7 to 10 a.m. in McTyeire’s own Dining Hall. The meal plans of residents will 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. McTyeire students will receive a 5% discount on the overall price of their undergraduate mandatory meal plan. The dinners at McTyeire always include a vegetarian option and salad bar.
Program Director: Anja Bandas
Area Coordinator: Daniel Coradazzi, E. Bronson Ingram College
Assistant Director: Matthew S. Sinclair, 4112 Branscomb Quad