The Heidi Kirk Duffy Center for International Education offers IEP students a welcoming, convenient and safe living and learning environment. This community of scholars enjoys spacious single and double bedrooms, comfortable common rooms and an exclusive dining hall serving international cuisine.
Residents of our two IEP houses enjoy programming tailored just for them. They gather frequently for international coffee hours held in a foreign language, compete in ping-pong tournaments in the IEP House basement or take in a movie on the big screen in the Texas Instruments House. Residents also enjoy exclusive parking directly behind their home and may stay in the house during all academic breaks, including summers.
All residents enjoy easy access to IEP staff and advisors. Career-minded students appreciate the opportunity to meet corporate recruiters who frequently visit the IEP houses.
The two houses have a combined 76 beds (click here to see the TI House Floor Plan and the IEP House Floor Plan) and are open to students at the sophomore level and above. Preference is given to IEP students and students with GPAs of 3.0 or above. Apply to live in the houses.
Max Kade German Language Learning Community
The Max Kade community in the TI House provides a unique living environment for students studying German. The floor combines German IEP students and German exchange students to immerse residents in the German language and culture.
The community also hosts German film and television screenings, lectures, discussions and cultural events.
Learning and community continue year-round at the IEP houses. Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik provides students a six-week German language and culture immersion program. Students may also enroll in an intensive Mandarin language program.
History of the Center
The Heidi Kirk Duffy Center for International Education was born in 1997 with the wholesale renovation of a former fraternity house along Upper College Road. The first residents moved in during fall 1998 and the center proved an instant success.
As the popularity of living in a tight-knit learning community grew, the center expanded to a second house next door. With support from Heidi Kirk Duffy, Texas Instruments, Sensata Technologies, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and the Max Kade Foundation, the center purchased and renovated the former fraternity house. Today known as the TI House, the first residents moved in during fall 2007.
The center is named in honor of Dr. Heidi Kirk Duffy, a powerful supporter of the International Engineering Program. A native German, Duffy now lives in Rhode Island and has chaired the IEP Advisory Board since its inception in 1994. She has worked tirelessly to forge connections with business and industry in Germany and generously donated to the program. For her dedication to the University and the program, the University awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1995. The German government also recognized her work by bestowing on her the Federal Cross of Honor.