Much of the most important learning happens outside of the classroom, during informal moments where students from different cultures meet and share perspectives. One way to accomplish this is to convert part of the housing to an "international residence" -- this can be a floor, a separate building, or even homestays.
- A university in Taiwan designs a residence to promote Mandarin language learning of international students .An international student is paired with a Taiwanese students (double room). The main lobby and a lower level lounge area is a "Chinese Mandarin" zone where only Chinese can be used. All international students are also required to sign up for "front desk" duty at the lobby (to greet and provide general information). All activities (field trips) and classes are centered around improving/learning Chinese.
- The University of Maine (US) creates a culturally-based wing in a residence hall to encourage more American students to study abroad. New freshmen are paired with new first year international students and sophomore/juniors with incoming exchange international students. Residence Assistants (RA) are encouraged to create programming for their residence based on cultural themes i.e. celebrating name day (Bulgaria), carnival (Germany), etc. International students are encourage to recruit their roommates to participate in UMaine's Cultural Festival in sharing a booth to promote (a particular culture/country).