New to the Hill this fall is a home where students live together, cook together and study together all while speaking in a foreign language: Mandarin Chinese.

Purchased by the WKU Office of International Programs, the Chinese Language Immersion House, located on 1523 Chestnut St., was established to get more students involved in the Chinese-speaking community.

Eight residents currently live in the house. Most of them are students of the Chinese Language Flagship program while others are studying Mandarin language through the department of modern languages. A native Chinese speaker also resides in the house.

“They speak Chinese for everything,” Jennifer Markin, assistant director of the Chinese Flagship Program, said. Markin facilitates the social and cultural aspects of the house.

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