Admission to I-House

As a Resident member of the I-House community, you will be more than a resident; you will be part of a community committed to advancing the core values of Respect, Empathy, and Moral Courage that characterize the I-House Experience.

Admission to I-House is selective. Applicants are reviewed on​ ​individual​ ​merit,​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​the​ International​ ​House mission,​ ​and​ ​a willingness​ ​to​ ​share​ ​their​ ​time​ ​and​ ​talent​ ​with​ ​the​ ​I-House​ ​community​ ​through​ ​its​ ​varied​ ​programs.

The Admissions Committee selects residents representing as many countries, cultures, fields of study and institutions as possible and seeks approximately one-third U.S. residents.

Each year we typically are able to admit 1 out of every 3 applications.​ We encourage all to apply!


Academic Year

The Academic Year extends from September through mid-May.
The Academic Year is further broken up to the fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) semesters.

Unless the check-out date submitted in an application denotes departure in the winter, I-House will not admit an applicant for only the fall semester. Due to room availability, however, it is possible to only be admitted for the spring semester.

Applicants applying for the Academic Year must be 21 years of age or older, and must be studying, training, or working full-time. Residents can live at International House for a maximum of three Academic Years. Living at I-House during the summer does not count towards those three Academic Years.

Academic Year programming at I-House puts an emphasis on professional and personal development, cultural celebration, and legacy events to keep International House’s almost century-long traditions alive. Residents living at the House during the Academic Year will have the chance to connect to a lifelong network that will aid in preparing them to become the next generation of globally-minded leaders. Amidst interaction with public figures that visit the House to speak with our cohort, residents have the opportunity to engage with, learn, and grow from their Housemates with cultures different from their own as a part of International House’s mission to foster cross-cultural understanding to create a more secure, peaceful, and collaborative global coexistence.

Summer Term

The Summer Term begins in mid-May and lasts through to September.

Applicants applying for the Summer Term must be 18 years of age or older, and do not have to be studying or working full-time to be eligible to live at the House. Summer applicants are reviewed in a less-rigorous process than Academic Year applicants, and are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

During the summer, I-House programs are designed to build community among the Residents and get Residents acquainted with New York City. Summer programming includes excursions in and around New York City, cultural events celebrating the diversity of the International House community, and social events including I-House’s signature event, Ice Cream Socials. You never have to explore NYC alone!

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to live at International House, applicants must have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and must be the following:

Academic Year Requirements
(September – May)

21+ years old
Full-time graduate students
Interns and trainees*
Visiting Scholars

Summer Term Requirements
(June – August)

18+ years old
Undergraduate or Graduate students
Interns and trainees* (full-time or part-time)
Visiting Scholars

      *“Interns” and “trainees” are defined as graduate students or recent graduates (within 1 year of completion) gaining supervised experience in their field of study.

      Application Requirements

      Applicants must submit the following for their application to be considered:
      Personal Information
      Anticipated Arrival & Departure Dates If you are accepted to live at the House, the Admissions Team will use the dates you provide in your application to determine your check-in and check-out dates.
      Room Preferences It is recommended to list at least one room from both the North and South buildings for the best chance at receiving one of your desired room types
      Why I-House Statement – Describe for us why you want to be a part of and what you can add to the I-House community in 100 words or more. For Academic Year admission ONLY; those completing the Summer Term application do not have to submit a piece of writing.
      Eligibility Verification Proof of your status as a student, intern, trainee, or visiting scholar
      Financial Verification – Proof of your ability to meet tuition and living expenses for your application period
      Proof of Vaccination against COVID-19
      $70 non-refundable application fee

      Eligibility verification includes:
      For Students:
      acceptance letter for the upcoming or current semester
      registrar’s statement indicating full-time enrollment
      signed I-20 or DS-2019 form

      For Interns and Trainees:
      a letter from the organization or company indicating full-time status including your salary and the beginning and ending dates of your internship or training program

      For Visiting Scholars:
      a letter from your university or institution which states the full-time nature of your research
      signed I-20 or DS-2019 form

      Financial verification includes:
      a copy of your financial aid package from your university
      your current I-20 (also fulfills status verification component)
      a letter from your sponsoring organization
      a copy of your bank statement
      a letter from your employer stating your salary
      an affidavit of support from your parents or sponsor.

      All documents must be submitted in English or have English translations provided in the same document. 

      When to Apply

      International House reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Academic Year 2023-2024

      The Academic Year application opens February 10, 2023.

      Apply By:

      Receive Admissions Decision By:

      Wednesday, March 15, 2023 Saturday, April 1, 2023
      Saturday, April 1, 2023 Saturday, April 15, 2023
      Saturday, April 15, 2023 Monday May 1, 2023
      Monday, May 1, 2023 Monday, May 15, 2023
      Monday, May 15, 2023 Thursday, June 1, 2023
      Thursday, June 1, 2023 Thursday, June 15, 2023
      Thursday, June 15, 2023 Saturday, July 1, 2023

      Summer 2023

      The Summer Term application opens February 10, 2023.

      Apply By:

      Receive Admissions Decision By:

      Wednesday, March 1, 2023 Wednesday, March 15, 2023
      Saturday, April 1, 2023 Saturday, April 15, 2023
      Saturday, April 15, 2023 Thursday, April 20, 2023
      Saturday, April 22, 2023 Thursday, April 27, 2023
      Saturday, April 29, 2023 Thursday, May 4, 2023
      Saturday, May 6, 2023 Thursday, May 11, 2023
      Saturday, May 13, 2023 Thursday, May 18, 2023
      You will receive an update regarding the status of your application no more than 3 business days of receipt.

      If your desired departure date is after October 1, please submit an academic year application. 

      How to Apply via the Portal

      To apply to International House, visit the application portal and create your account.

      1. On the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Apply for Housing.”

      2. Select the term you wish to apply for: Academic Year or Summer.

      3. Select your expected arrival and departure dates. If you do not know your exact check-in and check-out dates, please select approximate dates, as you will have the chance to confirm your dates after you have been admitted.

      4. Rank up to five of your desired room types. We recommend ranking five choices, with at least one type from both North and South to ensure you receive one of your desired rooms.

      5. The only written section of the application is the “Why I-House?” statement. The statement must be a minimum of 100 words and explain how you are aligned with the I-House mission, what you hope to contribute to the community during your time here, and why you want to live at International House.

      6. Submit eligibility, financial, and COVID-19 vaccination verification.

      7. Pay the $70 application fee to complete your application.

      Once the application fee, all required documentation, the Why I-House statement and your room preferences have been submitted, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified on the next notification date.

      Complete applications are reviewed weekly.

      If you have already been admitted to live at International House, please visit the Accepted Applicants page for more information regarding your next steps.


      Should I complete an Academic Year or Summer application?

      January 23, 2023

      If your stay begins in the summer and extends through September, or if your stay begins in the Spring and extends into May, please complete an Academic Year application. If your stay is ONLY through May-August, and does not extend into September, please complete a Summer term application.

      I am scheduled to start my program/internship in New York, but I have not received the formal letter from my school or organization. Can I still complete my application for review?

      January 23, 2023

      Proof of eligibility is important for your application, and your application will not be considered complete without official documentation. Please refrain from submitting your application until you have uploaded all the proper documentation, as you will not receive a notification of admission if your application is incomplete. Your letter of eligibility must be from within 6 months of submission of your application and it must indicate your full name and the term or dates of your program/internship.

      Can I apply to live with my spouse/partner/family?

      January 23, 2023

      We allow for residents to live with spouses or families only in a Studio or a One-Bedroom North building apartment. To apply with a spouse/partner/family, complete the “Family Members” section of the application. The spouse should create a new application and fill out the personal information section, including the “Family Members” section. Children do not need to complete their own applications.

      Can I apply to bring a pet to the House?

      February 3, 2023

      Unfortunately, we do not allow pets at International House. Emotional support and service animals must be approved to live in the House. Please review our Disability Accommodations Policy for more information on this process.

      I want to live at I-House during the summer and the following academic year. I notice the summer ends on August 15 and the academic year begins on September 1. Do I have to move out for those two weeks?

      January 23, 2023

      If you are staying all summer and into the following academic year, you do not need to move out between August 15 and September 1. Later in the summer we will fill in the gap in your booking and your fall semester charges will begin on August 15.

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      I want to live at I-House, but I cannot stay for the full term. Am I able to stay for less than the duration of the Academic Year/Summer term?

      January 23, 2023

      Yes! Our room rates are prorated, so residents can check in or out when it is necessary for their schedule.

      Does I-House require a minimum length of stay?

      January 23, 2023

      Yes, residents must stay at International House for a minimum of 30 days.

      Is there a maximum amount of time that I can live at International House?

      February 3, 2023

      So long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you can live at International House for a maximum of three Academic Years. They do not have to be consecutive.

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      Get in Touch

      The Admissions Office reviews applications for Residency at International House, makes room assignments, administers the financial aid programs, and verifies eligibility of every Resident each term.

      Megan Amouzou

      Vice President of Admissions

      (212) 316-8436

      Khaire Vaughan

      Sr. Admissions Associate for Planning & Occupancy

      (212) 316-8436

      Roxanni Acevedo

      Admissions Associate

      (212) 316-8436

      Anna Giordano

      Admissions Associate for Recruitment

      (212) 316-8436

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