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In Mozaiko, U.S. and international students live together in community, sharing experiences, practicing languages, and engaging in intercultural dialogue. Faculty, staff, and visiting international experts will challenge the ways students think about their lives in the context of an increasingly connected world. Located in Harper Hall, this global living-learning community is designed for students from all majors who are interested in international affairs, service, business, or development; foreign language; and preparing for a lifetime of intercultural leadership.

Mozaiko means mosaic in Esperanto, an artificial language devised in 1887 as a common international language.   

Mozaiko is a suite-style residential hall. Suites consist of four to six students (in double rooms) sharing a common living area and bathroom.

Each Mozaikan lives within a house of their choosing. For more information on the houses see below:

In the Arabic House, students practice Arabic together and explore the cultures of Arabic-speaking countries. Native Arabic speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language while being immersed in a curious environment. Arabic House members are encouraged to join the Middle-East related student clubs. Students taking Arabic classes or pursuing an Arabic minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Arabic program can be directed to Ragheda Nassereddine, Instructor of Arabic at ragheda5@vt.edu.

The English house is designed for students for whom English is not a native or fluent language. The English House and the Intercultural House live together to create a diverse intercultural community where native/fluent English speakers help international students practice English. Students in the English House are welcome and encouraged to attend conversation hours of the other language houses if they are interested.

In the French House, students practice French together and explore Francophone culture. French House members are encouraged to join Le Cercle Francaphone, or the chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honour Society.  Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. Students taking French classes or pursuing a French major or minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the French program can be directed to Dr. Sharon Johnson, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at spjohnson@vt.edu.

In the German House, students practice German together and explore German culture. Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. German House members are encouraged to join the German student organizations and, attend Kaffeeklatsch which is hosted monthly in the Mozaiko building. Students taking German classes or pursuing the German major or minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the German program can be directed to Dr. Stefanie Hofer, Assistant Professor of German at hofer@vt.edu.

The Intercultural House is designed for students whose foreign language is not represented in Mozaiko or who cannot take language classes due to plan of studies. The Intercultural House and the English House live together, so students in the intercultural house are expected to help English House members practice English. Students in the Intercultural House are welcome and encouraged to attend conversation hours of the other language houses if they are interested.

In the Italian House, students practice Italian together and explore Italian culture. Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. We encourage all Italian House members to be a part of the Italian Club and attend Tavola Italiana. Students taking Italian coursework or pursuing the Italian minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Italian program can be directed to Dr. Melissa Coburn, Associate Professor of Italian at mcoburn8@vt.edu.

In the Japanese House, students practice Japanese together and explore Japanese culture. Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. We encourage all Japanese House members to be a part of the Japanese Cultural Association. Students taking Japanese courses or pursuing the Japanese minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Japanese program can be directed to Yasuko Kumazawa, Instructor of Japanese at kumazawa@vt.edu.

In the Mandarin House, students practice Mandarin together and explore Chinese culture. Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. We encourage all Mandarin House members to be a part of the Chinese cultural groups. Students taking Mandarin courses or pursuing the Chinese Studies minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Mandarin program can be directed to Xiaojin Moore, Instructor of Chinese at xjzhang@vt.edu.

In the Spanish House, students practice Spanish together and explore Hispanic culture. Native speakers are welcome to apply to share their culture and language. We encourage all Spanish House members to be a part of the Spanish student groups including Spanish Club or Ole at VT. Sigma Delta Pi hosts Spanish game night bi-weekly in the Mozaiko building.  Students taking Spanish courses or pursuing the Spanish major or minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Spanish program can be directed to Dr. Sarah Sierra, Associate Professor of Spanish at ssierra2@vt.edu.

Students in the Russian House practice Russian together and explore Russian culture. Native speakers are encouraged to apply to share their culture and language. We encourage all Russian House members to be a part of the Russian Club. Students taking Russian classes or pursuing the Russian major or minor are encouraged to apply. Questions regarding the Russian program can be directed to Dr. Yuliya Minkova, Assistant Professor of Russian at yuliyam1@vt.edu.


Mozaikans will have the opportunity to participate in the following programs:

Moziko, Virginia Tech’s global living-learning community, offers Virginia Tech departments an opportunity to share the expertise of visiting scholars, artists, industry professionals, and lecturers with our Global Fellows in Residence (GFIR) program. For more information on the Global Fellow in Residence (GFIR) program or to apply, please click here.

Every other week, upper-class Mozaikans lead the Controversial Conversation program and discuss a new intercultural question every week. On the off-weeks, Think Globally it’s Friday (TGIF) brings a faculty member, global visitor, or panel to discuss intercultural and global topics.

Each month, a Mozaiko language house “takes over” the community by decorating the space and organizing language and cultural events of their choosing. These events are encouraged to be in collaboration with the language and cultural clubs on campus.

Mozaiko students have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction for Mozaiko that is supported by the program director and graduate assistant. Opportunities for leadership include serving on the leadership council or as a language leader to host a conversation hour weekly.

In addition, students can specialize in one of the below tracks:

This track is open to all Pamplin College of Business students, who are interested in exploring the global impact of business. Within this track, students will:

  • have an opportunity to enroll in the International Business minor,
  • participate in events such as international business lecture series, and
  • apply their skills and knowledge in service learning, applied research, or internship-focused study abroad.

This track is open to all Mozaiko students interested in international affairs (world politics, global conflicts, global economy, global society, cultures & religions, etc.) Within this track, students will:

  • enroll in the International Studies minor or major
  • have an opportunity to participate in Diplomacy Lab projects and the Wonk Tank competition,
  • have an opportunity to add the Global Engagement minor
  • participate in extracurricular activities such as attending Model United Nations, International NATO, International Model Organization of American States, National Model Arab League, and National Model African Union.

     

Application Process

Applications are OPEN for new (incoming) students interested in joining Mozaiko for Fall 2018. Please check your VT email after you pay your matriculation fee. At that time, a housing contract will be offered to eligible students through their VT email. LLC application process is contained within the housing contract submission process on Starrez. Email program questions to mozaiko@vt.edu.

Living in Mozaiko is a minimum one-year requirement, but special circumstances will be considered (things like study abroad, co-ops, etc.)

Mozaiko is a program of the Cranwell International Center, and is a collaborative venture that includes support from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science, Pamplin College of Business and a number of departments across campus with interest in engaging with students in the intercultural experience.