About Hong Global Community

Student holding a yellow umbrella; "Hong International Hall"
Brian (Resident of Hong International Hall) “I love the Hong International Hall because, without paying for a plane ticket, I could visit other cultures and learn how big the world really is.”

Global Experience, Local Address.

Hong Global Community serves as the hub of international and global engagement education at PLU. 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 Indigenous Languages, Chinese, French, Global Studies, Spanish, and International Honors. Students participating in Hong International Community receive support when getting ready to study away and a welcoming home to return to after the adventures of study away.

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 Students 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.

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Hong Global Community, students 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

Linked Residence Hall(s)

Hong Hall (all hall)

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in this Learning Community in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate 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 Learning Community option contact:

Sharon Templeton, Community Director for Hinderlie and Hong Halls | temples@plu.edu