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Financial Aid

I-House impacts the world by producing global citizens equipped with stellar leadership skills and intercultural expertise. Fulfilling this missions begins by assisting students from diverse national and socioeconomic backgrounds the ability to access the “I-House Experience.

The purpose of the financial aid program is to offer UC Berkeley students who demonstrate financial need, an opportunity to experience first-hand, cultures from all over the world while enabling international students to learn about the ethnic and economic diversity in the United States.  Due to the donations of many generous donors to International House, scholarships are provided to help offset deserving resident’s room and board fees at International House. 

The I-House Room and Board Financial Aid Application for the Spring Semester 2016 will be open online from Nov 1 through Nov 10, 4:30 pm.


  • Full-time upper division (undergraduate junior or senior), or graduate standing accepted and registered into a degree-seeking program at UC Berkeley;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • A confirmed room reservation at I-House for Spring Semester 2016 (Regular Double for undergraduate, Low Price Single or Regular Single for graduate student.)

Note: Exchange students, UC Berkeley Extension, or Summer Session students are not eligible.

Due to the trend that room reservations fill up quickly, it is best to apply for residential admissions early. The room reservation cancellation deadline will be aligned with prior notice of room and board financial aid awards to assist financial aid applicants.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


To apply, click here


The Gateway Fellowship Program

In collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, International House offers one-year awards (Gateway Fellowships) for first-year or continuing students in any Doctoral Program, or a Master’s Degree in Public Health Program. Only those with financial need are eligible. Recipients receive one academic year of single-occupancy room and board at International House, fees and tuition paid by the student’s department, and a $5,000 stipend from the University of California Graduate Division. To be considered for this award, applicants must be admitted to UC Berkeley for the following academic year, and be nominated by early February by their academic department.

International Ph.D. students, particularly those from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Sweden or Norway are especially invited to apply. Ph.D. students who are a returned Peace Corps Volunteer are also especially invited to apply.

For more information, email: ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu, visit the FAQs page or view the Gateway Fellowships Eligibility page.


The International House Gateway Fellows for 2015-2016

Brief Biographies (PDF)

Chevron-Xenel PhD Gateway Fellowship

Yuem Park


PhD. Student, Earth and Planetary Science

Chevron-Xenel MPH Gateway Fellowship

Dania Orta Aleman


MA Student, School of Public Health

Eltoukhy Gateway Fellowship

Gozde Demirer


PhD. Student, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

EWJ Gateway Fellowship

Luke Patterson


Ph.D. Student, Folklore

Carl and Betty Helmholz Gateway Fellowship

Vetri Velan


Ph.D. Student Physics

Joe Lurie Returning Peace Corps Volunteer Gateway Fellowship

Laura Elisabeth Sofen


Ph.D. Student Chemistry

Daniel Mouen-Makoua Gateway Fellowship

Allan Ogwang


Ph.D. Student Civil and Environmental Engineering

Norway House Foundation Gateway Fellowship

Jonas Tungodden


Ph.D. Student Economics

Open Gateway Fellowship

Paria Rashidinejad


Ph.D. Student Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship*

Hande Goksin Ugur


Ph.D. Student Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Allan and Kathleen Rosevear Gateway Fellowship

Deepthi Bhavana Gorthi


Ph.D. Student Astronomy-astrophysics

Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship

Hongxu Ma


Ph.D. Student Geography

Joan and Egon von Kaschnitz Gateway Fellowship

Maria Eckstein


Ph.D. Student Psychology

*The Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship was the model for the current Gateway Fellowships.

Gateway Fellowships 2014-15


The Rafael Rodriguez/Golden Age Fellowship is a similar fellowship for one PhD student each year. Nominations are submitted by the student’s department to the Graduate Division. For information, visit: ​http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/apply/, and check the departmental deadline on http://grad.berkeley.edu/programs/list/.


For full descriptions of Gateway Fellowships and Eligibility, click here.