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Academic Year

Applications for the upcoming Academic Year ’23-24 open in February and are reviewed bimonthly.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the peace of mind that you have a safe and welcoming community to come home to during your time in New York.

Academic Year Programming

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.

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.

  • Night of Nations, 2024
  • Ice Cream Social, 2024
  • Welcome Sunday Supper, 2023
  • Fall Fiesta, 2023
  • Ballroom Dance lessons, 2023
  • Lunar New Year celebration, 2022
  • Fall Fiesta, 2023
  • Snowflake Social, 2022

When to Apply

Academic Year 2023-2024

International House always accepts applications for the Academic Year beginning in the February before the start of the year and continues to accept applications throughout the Fall and Spring terms.

Apply By:

Receive Admissions Decision By:

Monday, March 25, 2024 Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Monday, April 1, 2024 Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Monday, April 8, 2024 Wednesday, April 10, 2024
You will receive an update regarding the status of your application within 3 business days of receipt.

Academic Year 2024-2025

Apply By:

Receive Admissions Decision By:

Friday, March 1, 2024 Thursday, March 15, 2024
Monday, April 1, 2024 Monday, April 15, 2024
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Applicants will receive an update regarding the status of their application within 3 business days of receipt.

Once an applicant receives an admissions decision, they will have 10 days to confirm their stay and complete the room reservation deposit. The Admissions Team cannot offer extensions for the deposit deadline.

Residents celebrating at the Fall Fiesta in the 1980s.

Residents celebrating at the Fall Fiesta in the 1980s.

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

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to live at International House during the Academic Year, applicants must be 21 years or older and must be at least one of the following:

Full-time graduate students

Full-time Interns and trainees* 

Visiting Scholars

*During the academic year, “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

      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

      Written Statement – in 100-700 words, applicants must respond to one of the following questions:

      1. Provide an instance from your personal life that embodies one or more of I-House’s values: respect, empathy, and moral courage. Explain what makes this value (or combination of values) significant to you and how this experience has impacted your perspective on life.

      2. Living in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment like I-House offers unique opportunities for personal growth. Describe a situation where you sought out a learning experience that challenged your existing beliefs or capabilities and share how you anticipate your stay at I-House will further your journey of personal development.

      3. I-House thrives on the active participation and contributions of its residents. Describe any unique skills, perspectives, or experiences you can bring to the I-House community and how you plan to use these to enrich the lives of your fellow residents.

      $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 including anticipated graduation date
      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.

      Please note:

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

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