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At Home Abroad House: Slavic, Francophone and Italian Cultures and Languages

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Sterling Quad, the Suites, Yost, Murray, 550 Lasuen, Synergy and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and space in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

  • House Type: Upperclass
  • Capacity: 61
  • Placement: Yost

Do you watch Senegalese films in French, read Russian novels set in Ukraine, follow Italian fashion, listen to Arabic music, play Korean video games, or discuss Brazilian politics? Do you study or speak a language other than English? Come live abroad, right from the comfort of campus! Travel across five continents, immerse yourself in different cultures, and learn to cook food from around the world all while discovering cinema and literatures that speak of diasporic journeys, migrations, empires and post-colonial re-imaginings, ethnic and national identities, and mythologies.

AHA House will be an intellectual and cultural crossroads where upper-class students will engage in interactive, transcultural learning and acquire the tools necessary to confront the complexity of our contemporary world. Building on the legacies of Stanford houses that hosted language tables in French, Italian, and Russian, AHA House will be a vibrant, diverse community that offers students an opportunity to explore languages and cultures beyond the English-speaking world. We welcome any and all students interested in creating a space for conversations about foreign films, music, food, and international issues.

Through a wide range of activities, residents will have a chance to broaden their awareness and understanding of the incredible range of experiences, ideas, and non-English idioms that each house resident brings. 

Make meaningful friendships and connections that extend beyond borders, and come join us in this At Home Abroad experience.

Opportunities to Engage

  • Dinners and conversations with faculty, artists, and scholars from around the world
  • Seminars on timely, international issues featuring special guest speakers
  • Specially designed programs emphasizing cross-cultural interaction with intellectual and social dimensions
  • Language tables that give residents an opportunity to practice their language skills outside of class in a casual setting
  • Cooking classes featuring global recipes and cuisines
  • Screenings of foreign films and documentaries portraying diverse cultures and regions of the world
  • Resident-led events and activities that promote language and cultural exchange
  • Off-campus excursions to museums, historic sites, arts and culture events, restaurants, and more!


  • Dr. Jovana Knezevic, Associate Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Resident Fellow, Yost
  • Professor Cécile Alduy, Chair of DLCL
  • Professor Gabriella Safran, Director of the Slavic Department
  • Professor Laura Wittman, Director of French & Italian Department
  • Daniele Biffanti ’22, PhD Candidate in Italian Studies; former graduate Resident Fellow in Casa Italiana
  • Professor Michael McFaul ’86 (Political Science)
  • Professor Amir Weiner (History)
  • Professor Sarah Prodan, Italian Undergraduate Advisor
  • Professor Fatoumata Seck, French Undergraduate Advisor
  • Alix Mazuet, Language Center Staff, French
  • Alessandra McCarty, Language Center Staff, Italian
  • Dr. Rima Greenhill, Senior Lecturer in Russian, Language Center
  • Dr. Margarita Nafpaktitis, Slavic Curator, Green Libraries
  • Olga Dunlop, DLCL Undergraduate Student Services Officer
  • Maria Massucco ’23, PhD Candidate in Italian Studies
  • Dr. Rob Person ’02, Professor of Political Science at West Point, Slav Dom former resident
  • Katherine Kowalski ’20, Slav Dom former resident

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