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Application Process / FAQ

This page provides you with all the information you need to know to apply to live at I-House. Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions listed below to learn more about who is eligible to live at I-House and our application process. It is important to review this information thoroughly before beginning your online application.

 

Is I-House just for international students? Can American students apply?


Who is eligible to live at I-House?


When should I apply?

 

How do you determine who will be offered housing at International House?


How long does it usually take before I hear from Admissions?

I’m only here for the Fall Semester.  Can I apply for just the Fall?


My stay in Berkeley does not match your semester dates.Do you accommodate shorter or longer stays?


Can you accommodate residents with disabilities?


Do you accept paper applications?


How does the online application work?  What do I need to apply?


Do you require a deposit when booking a reservation?


How can I pay the application fee?

 

I have a question about my student visa / H-1 status. Can I-House Admissions help with that?


Who do I contact if I am having technical problems or have other questions regarding my application?


Is I-House just for international students?  Can American students apply?

I-House is not just for international students! Each year, approximately 75% of our residents are international students. The remaining 25% are residents from the US who are interested in living in a community where international exchange and cultural sharing is part of the daily experience. This diversity of perspectives and experiences is an essential component that makes I-House unique.

Who is eligible to live at I-House?

The following are eligible to live at International House during the Academic Year:

  • Graduate and postdoctoral students, visiting scholars and researchers, and Education Abroad Reciprocity students.
  • Undergraduates who have attained Junior or Senior class standing prior to their period of occupancy. Anyone who has or will have completed 60 units prior to August is eligible for residency. Please note that undergraduate applicants are only eligible for Double Room accommodations.
  • All residents must be at least 18 years of age for the entirety of their stay at I-House.
  • International students who are attending UC Berkeley through University Extension.
  • Registered UC Berkeley students as well as those who are affiliated with the Wright Institute, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, LBNL and the Graduate Theological Union. If you are not affiliated with one of these institutions but are interested in living at International House, please contact our Admissions Office to discuss whether an exception can be made.

Please note that there is a four-year limit to residency at I-House. Given the high demand for housing at International House, this policy was reinstated to ensure that as many students as possible may have an opportunity to live here and benefit from the unique opportunities that I-House offers.  Residents may reside at International House for a total of four full academic years and up to four full summer sessions.

When should I apply?

  • Academic Year – Applications are available online in early March for the Academic Year.
  • Spring Semester - We begin accepting applications in mid-October for the Spring Semester.
  • Summer Sessions – Applications are available online in mid-February for all Summer Sessions.  Reservations for summer groups can be arranged by contacting the Admissions Office at ihres@berkeley.edu.

 

Apply as early as possible – the earlier the application is submitted, the more likely you are to receive a room offer. We prioritize our applicants based on the application submission date. Late applicants may be placed on a wait list if I-House is full.

 

How do you determine who will be offered housing at International House?

For Academic Year applicants, there are two primary phases of our Admissions process.  First, completed applications are reviewed to determine that they meet the Eligibility Requirements outlined above.  During our initial phase of application processing, approved applications are reviewed in the order that they were received.  This phase continues until we have successfully booked 300 bed spaces for the Academic Year. 

Once we reach this number of reserved spaces, we enter a Selective Phase of consideration.  This process is designed to increase the diversity of perspectives present among our resident population. During this phase, applications are ranked based on two criteria: Citizenship and Major/Area of Study. In some cases, the Statement of Intent may be used as an additional criteria. All completed and approved applications are evaluated and ranked in comparison to the “base population” of residents accepted prior to the start of the Selective Phase.  Based on these rankings, those whose Citizenship and/or Major Area of Study are less represented in our resident population will be given priority for all remaining spaces.  Those with lower rankings may be placed on a waiting list and considered again along with newly received applications.  This process will continue until all available spaces have been filled.

During the Spring term and Summer housing period, all applications are processed based on the order in which they are received.

How long does it usually take before I hear from Admissions?

After registering and completing Phase 1 of the online application, it can take up to 14 days for Admissions to review and process your application.  Applicants will be notified of their status within this timeframe and may receive additional communication if any portion of their application is missing, incomplete, or requires clarification during the review process.

I’m only here for one semester.  Can I apply for just the Fall?

I-House offers a very limited number of Fall Semester Only contracts.  To qualify, you must provide documentation that you will only be attending UC Berkeley or eligible to live at I-House for the Fall Semester.  As there a limited number of these contracts made available, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as applications for the upcoming Academic Year are made available. Interested applicants should complete Phase 1 of the full Academic Year application.  Instructions for requesting a Fall Only contract are provided under the application step called “Individual Considerations”.  Once we have reached the Selective Phase of our Admissions process, we can no longer offer housing to those who will reside at I-House for the fall only.

My stay in Berkeley does not match your semester dates.  Do you accommodate shorter or longer stays?

We realize that not all academic visits match our Academic Calendar.  We do our best to accommodate requests for dates outside our regular semesters, whenever space is available. Please contact the Admissions Office at ihres@berkeley.edu to see if we have space to house you during your visit.

Can you accommodate residents with disabilities?

I-House strives to be accessible and welcoming to all our residents.  Upon request, International House provides reasonable accommodations to those with disabilities. Requests for disability accommodations should be directed to our Manager of Resident Support Services, Maribel Guillermo at chabe@berkeley.edu or phone (510) 642-9480. Such requests must be supported by medical documentation demonstrating the necessity for the requested accommodation. Each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please submit requests for accommodation as far in advance as possible, as review/implementation of many types of accommodation takes several weeks.

Do you accept paper applications?

No. We only accept applications submitted through our website.

How does the online application work?  What do I need to apply?

Our application process is completely online. First, you will need to register with our online system.  Once you have done so, you can select an application from those that are currently available. The application for each term is divided into two phases.  During Phase 1 of the application you will need to complete some general questionnaires, upload documents that verify your eligibility to live at I-House, and pay the $35 Application Fee.   You will then receive an email that verifies that you have completed Phase 1.   If you do not receive this email, please return to your application to ensure all steps in Phase 1 are complete.

After your application has been reviewed and approved to receive a housing offer, you will be given a Tentative Reservation and sent an email with instructions on how to complete Phase 2 of the application and finalize your reservation.  You will be given a deadline by which you need to complete Phase 2.  During Phase 2, you will need to submit additional information regarding Emergency Contacts, upload a current photo, select a room and/or roommate, and accept the terms of the Housing Offer.  The final step to completing your reservation is submitting a $1,000 deposit/pre-payment.

Please note that the process for Summer Session applications is slightly different.  Additional details can be found on the Summer Sessions page.

Do you require a deposit when booking a reservation?

For the academic year, a $1,000 deposit/pre-payment is required to complete Phase 2 of the application. This $1,000 payment is applied to a final housing installment prior to move out, assuming that there are no outstanding fees or charges on your resident account. The $1,000 can be paid online with a Visa or Mastercard. 

If you are unable to pay with a Visa or Mastercard, please email our Resident Account Manager at qcs@berkeley.edu to arrange other payment options.  You may also pay by check, money order, bank or wire transfer, debit card or cash. You can make these payments in person at I-House or send them by mail, with the exception of cash payments which must be paid in person.

How can I pay the application fee?

When beginning your I-House application, we require an application fee payment of $35 which can be paid online either with a Visa or Mastercard.

I have a question about my student visa / H-1 status, can I-House Admissions help with that?

The best resource for any questions regarding visas, H-1s, and work eligibility for international students is the Berkeley International Office (BIO).  You can learn more about their services at their website: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/ or contact them directly at InternationalOffice@berkeley.edu or by phone at 510.642.2818.

 

Who do I contact if I am having technical problems or have other questions regarding my application?

You may contact Admissions via email at ihres@berkeley.edu or by phone at (510) 642-9470.