January 12, 2011

FAQ

Community

What does ecumenical mean?
Ecumenical, derived from the Greek word oikumene, is inclusive and means “all who inhabit the earth,” even though it became associated with Protestant Christianity during the mid-20th century. ECIR intends the original meaning of the term—”all of humanity”—because we welcome students and scholars from the four corners of the globe.

Is ECIR a “faith-based” organization?
ECIR seeks to be a living learning community in which the spiritual traditions of all religious communities are welcomed, valued, and respected. We neither support nor encourage proselytizing by any religious community. We expect all to engage with, learn from, and show respect for other cultural and religious traditions. A global community, ECIR seeks to build bridges of understanding, equity, justice, and peace among all cultural and religious communities.

Does ECIR promote one religious tradition over another?
ECIR welcomes students and scholars of all cultures and religions from around the world. It is our mission to be more than a place of hospitality; we also seek to learn about different cultures and from different religious traditions while nurturing a community wherein all have an equal place and voice at the table.

Can American students and scholars live at ECIR?
In fact, we believe there is only one international or global community. American students/scholars are members of the international community around the world. American citizens make up 10-15% of our residential community every year. American students must submit an application for residency like all other international students.

How is ECIR supported?
ECIR is a non-profit that is supported through its educational and residential programs. Our mission is to provide residential and educational programs within a living learning community that foster cultural and religious understanding, respect, and peace. ECIR is also supported through the philanthropy of diverse religious communities, businesses, and individual donors.

Residential Programs

What are the criteria for selecting residents?
Each application is reviewed and candidates are selected based on their potential contribution to the community, their interests, and the number of available spaces.

Do you choose a roommate for me?
We will choose roommates for you, especially if you are brand new to the country and do not know anyone from the U of M. Residents share apartments with people from different backgrounds and find this an interesting opportunity to learn about and better understand other cultures, beliefs, attitudes and world views. Most residents are graduate students. The level of study is considered, so that undergrads share with undergrads and graduate students or scholars are placed together.
*ECIR’s policy is to only match residents of the same gender together, unless it is requested and pre-agreed by each apartment-mate.

Does the apartment have its own kitchen, bathroom and living room?
Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom and living room, all furnished.

Can I bring my own furniture?
No, each apartment is fully furnished and residents are not permitted to add or remove furniture without permission of the ECIR staff.

Does each person have a private bedroom in each apartment?
Yes, each person has a private bedroom, but residents in the 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments share a kitchen, living room, and one bathroom.

Are all utilities included?
Yes, all utilities are included in the rent. Those utilities are gas, electricity, heat/ air conditioning, water, sewer, trash removal, and Ethernet.

Do you give short term leases?
We generally offer short term leases during the spring and summer leases.

How close are you to the ISR, the Business School and the School of Social Work?
We are about 20 minutes walk to the ISR and 5 minutes from the Business School and School of Social Work.

How many activities must a resident participate in every year?
We hope residents participate as often as possible, taking into consideration their busy schedules. We do expect residents to contribute to Global Village Square each semester by presenting, facilitating, or cooking for other residents and friends. ECIR reimburses the cost of food- up to $175. We also expect our residents to attend the Retreat at the beginning of the year, an overnight stay in cabins at a nearby lake. Attendance to resident orientation is mandatory.

Does one have to be an international student to apply?
The United States is also a part of the international community and in our vision of having a highly diverse environment, we have residents representing the U.S.

Are the apartments cable ready and is there internet available?
Wireless internet is provided in the cost of rent and is available in all parts of the building. If you would like to have cable in your apartment, you must set it up on your own through a local company. If all apartment-mates agree, these costs may be divided among them. Also, some apartments band together to share cable costs.

Does each apartment have a telephone?
It is optional to have a telephone in the apartment. The apartment is ready for phone hook-up but many students have cell phones now and have opted out of that possibility.
The ECIR Library has a telephone for local calls and with the use of a phone card, long distance calls can be made.

Educational Programs

Are programs open to residents only?
Yes, the educational programs are open to residents only. ECIR frequently partners with the University of Michigan International Center to promote programs to the international community at U of M. Because ECIR residents pay a program fee, they are offered priority to participate in certain programs and can sometimes receive discounted rates.

Maintenance

How do I submit a maintenance request?
The preferred method is to submit an online maintenance request. Paper forms are also available in the ECIR office for your convenience.

Do I need to be present in the apartment for maintenance to occur?
If you provide permission in advance, you do not need to be present. The ECIR maintenance staff will enter and complete tasks during the times you have specified on your request form.