Southeast is creating an international area on campus.
Cottonwood Residential Treatment on 1025 N Sprigg St will be transformed into the International Village in phases.
Executive director of International Education and Services Kevin Timlin said the university did not have the funding to complete the renovations all at once, so it is being done sections.
The administration building, which was done first, International Education Services, Intensive Language Offices and the intensive language classrooms.
When the university was looking for contractors to renovate the property the bids to get the entire area done at once was too much, Timlin said.
“The original idea was everything would be created and look kind of similar with university branding,” Timlin said.
He said it was the university’s growing interest in comprehensive internalization that created the opportunity to occupy the property and build a foundation for students both foreign and domestic.
“We are trying to do more to infuse an international component to the curriculum to study abroad, student services and international student services,” Timlin said.
The idea is to dedicate the space to all aspects of campus life for international students.
“One area would be the administration building, another the intensive language classroom, and Reslife will have a section it operates,” Timlin said.
The area operated by Reslife could be occupied by international student housing, international living learning communities or temporary housing for visiting scholars, he said.
Timlin said the university is on target with where they are supposed to be when it comes to the renovations and are expected to be fully settled by January.