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Global Experience, Local Address.

The Hong International Hall serves as the hub of global education in the PLU residence halls. It is home to six different language and/or culture houses brought together for a common passion for language study and global education. The houses are Norwegian, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and International Honors (IHON). Students living in Hong International Hall receive a traditional residence hall experience, plus a cultural component that makes HIH unique.  Residents focus on global awareness, language immersion and cultural engagement. Each language house allows residents to practice their language with other residents and form relationships with their faculty members. HIH is a welcoming community that creates a supportive home and a hopeful environment challenging residents to become fluent in languages and conversant with international issues.

Alumni Spotlight:

A former Hong resident uses his love of languages as the first ever Interpretive Ranger at Silver Falls State Park: Read the article in the Statesman Journal.

Great For Residents Who ...

  • have ongoing enrollment in coursework in one or more of the five languages and/or language fluency
  • are heritage speakers of one (or more) of the five languages
  • are interested in daily use of the House language in designated spaces and active participation in programs
  • are enrolled in the International Honors (IHON) program
  • are getting ready to study away and/or returning home after the adventures of study away.

Upcoming Hong Events

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Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Hong International Hall, residents will be able to:

  • Improve language proficiency through participating in an immersive environment and interactive programs

  • Demonstrate knowledge about language and culture using a social justice lens, acknowledging the impact of colonization and the ”country of origin” on global languages

  • Articulate a personal perspective on at least one global/international issue, especially related to area of study or vocation

  • Identify meaningful relationships with faculty and staff that support their global and/or language studies


Hong Hall (all hall)

RLC Supplemental Application Required?

Linked Course(s)

New for Fall 2016, Residential Life will be partnering with the First Year Experience Program (FYEP) to offer linked Writing 101 courses on the topic of global study for all *non-IHON First Year residents (*Note: International Honors (IHON) residents have their own structured course of study through this program). A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community. Fall 2017 linked course is: 

  • Pillaging the Past: Ancient Artifacts in Society | Eric Thienes, Classics | FYEP 101 Section 34 | TR 11:50-13:35

Download the Fall 2017 Residential Learning Community (RLC) Linked FYEP 101 Courses document to read this course description and learn more about RLC linked courses.

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in Hong in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!

  • International Coffee Hours | monthly language table conversations on a variety of international topics; language/topic rotate each month
  • Hong Discoteca | annual event planned by Residence Hall Council
  • International Education Week | participation in co-sponsored events as part of this annual week of events
  • Trip to Poulsbo | the Norwegian Wing attends holiday festivities in this historically Scandinavian town every fall
  • Faculty House Dinners | RAs and Faculty sponsor regular dinners with residents from the wings


For more information about this Residential Learning Community option contact:

Rachel Betron, Resident Director for Hinderlie and Hong Halls | betronrh@plu.edu