Serving as a gathering point in the middle of campus for international and American students alike, the International House is a resource for everyone on campus.

Though it's true the I-House developed as a place to help international students get accustomed to life at UT and feel at home, it's also meant to be something all UT students can utilize.

The I-House offers several programs every semester that are geared towards all students on campus in an effort to promote knowledge of the global issues and the diverse cultures that are represented on campus through international students and organizations.

These programs include the Coffee House, Culture Night, Global Hour and Language Labs. They can concentrate on anything from Zimbabwe to global hunger.

The Culture Nights focus particularly on teaching students about one specific culture and last around three days.

Typically, a student organization or outside organization will represent that culture and do the teaching. This semester, the Confucius Institute represented China and the Korean Student Association helped with South Korea.

Cameron Hensley, sophomore in accounting and international business and student assistant at the I-House, said the organization's programs are intended to aid more than just international students attending UT.

"Those are geared towards teaching students about those cultures and issues," Hensley said. "So they're not so much for international students ... they're really to promote those things in the students here to broaden their understanding of a more global environment."

The I-House also offers one-on-one assistance to students trying to learn a new language through Language Labs, where students can learn from other students that are native speakers of the language.

"They run it as an informal class where you get to learn a little more about the language and culture," Hensley said.

There's more than meets the eye with the I-House though. Below the first floor, which holds the more 'homey' amenities, the I-House has conference rooms and a great room.

Keenan Ibrahimbacha, senior in finance and economics and I-House enthusiast, explained the multiple features of the I-House.

"The International House works as a two-prong thing," Ibrahimbacha said. "The top floor is a student center, and the bottom floor is a conference center. Downstairs there's the great room that can fit like 200 people in it. ... We did that for orientation for international students. There are a few conference rooms downstairs and a full kitchen that different organizations will use."

Hospitality at the I-House proves to be a major pro for students involved in the program.

Students can take advantage of the space as a quiet place to study, help themselves to free hot tea or hot chocolate and visit to make friends from a different culture.

Shufeng Zhang, senior in biochemistry who is also a student assistant at the I-House, encouraged all students to stop by during finals week.

"For any international or UT students, we have snacks and drinks here for free," Zhang said, "and they're more than welcome to come here, study for finals and get snacks."

Zhang said visitors can even take naps in the TV room if you need a quick place to rest.

Hensley also added: "That room has the most comfortable couches in the world."