Global Friendship House is an international cultural and educational community program for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Old Dominion University and is a private club not open to the public, as set forth in 42 U.S. Code Section 3607. Its primary purpose is to provide international students attending Old Dominion University, as future world leaders, the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations in which ideas and faith are respected and explored through activities, service, and friendship. Incidental to this primary purpose, Global Friendship House, LLC provides lodgings that it owns and operates for its charitable, non-commercial purpose. The rental of such lodgings is limited to Global Friendship House members.
Members will experience the challenges of cross-cultural living in the 24/7 residential program and learn by sharing life together with approximately 60 individuals drawn from the various nationalities attending Old Dominion University.
To become a member, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:
- current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at Old Dominion University or holding of a position as a Visiting Scholar at Old Dominion University
- agreement to abide by the international living guidelines set forth in the Global Friendship House Residence Life Manual
- agreement to participate in and contribute to the activities of the international community program
- having an open mind and respect for the culture of others