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I-House’s mission is built on the simple yet radical notion that living in a diverse community instills a lifelong dedication to cross-cultural understanding.

As we enter our second century, this idea proves not only relevant, but urgently necessary. Even as technology and media connects us, we are increasingly divided: biased in our own views and experiences, apprehensive of deep conversations, and unable to forge collective solutions to global challenges.

International House exists to bridge these divides.

The House is a microcosm of the world: diverse, challenging, surprising. Through an intentional admission process, we curate an eclectic, interdisciplinary cohort of open-minded individuals who come together at a key stage in life for a crash course in social and cultural intelligence.

Whether in the dining hall or at a lecture, residents listen to others, share life stories, question their own views, and genuinely come to understand one another. It is a life-changing experience our alumni carry into their communities, practices, and professions. 

To be here is to be open, to be receptive, and to be a part of a supportive community and network that stays with you no matter where you land. The time we are together is relatively brief, but the gifts acquired last a lifetime. 

Night of Nations, 2024
Fellowship retreat, 2023
In the Main Lounge, 2023
WIL Women Across Industry Panel, 2016.
Residents present proposal for Innovation Fellowship.
Residents present proposal for an Innovation Fellowship, 2015
Residents talk on the O'Neill Patio.
On the O’Neill Patio, 2012

“Any time I need anything, I know I can ask my fellow residents and everyone will be there to help me. That sense of community is really strong here, and that’s why I really value I-House.” 

Anggi Suharja ’22, Indonesia; Columbia University, FulBright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

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At I-House, residents:

Meet fellow students, interns, and professional trainees from virtually every region, academic discipline, and organization;

Participate in cultural events and language exchange classes;

Become a member in global network of distinguished Alumni;

Attend events led by world-renowned thought leaders;

Work with our on-site Global Health & Wellness Services that encompass fitness, nutrition and mental health supports with a global lens.

Learn how International House may be the right fit for you!