- 1950

Mary Trevelyan becomes Adviser to Overseas Students for the University of London. During this time, and following visits to International Houses in New York, Berkeley and Chicago, she realised the need to further international friendship and understanding.

“I had dreamed dreams during my travels of the great new international house which we would set up in London, my dreams being influenced by my time in America.”

She wanted to prevent international students’ loneliness; create an atmosphere where they could study and carry away positive memories of Britain and its people; promote international friendship and understanding between overseas students; and introduce overseas students to the widest cross-section of British society possible. “I soon came to the conclusion that the freedom of a large non-residential club was likely to be of more use to a greater number of students than would be a large residential hostel.”