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Intercultural House Application

Thank you for your interest in the Intercultural Resource Center and for considering the Intercultural House (ICH) as your housing option!

While all residential spaces are filled for the Fall 2022 semester, ICH applications will still be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis in the event an opening becomes available. Please contact ichresidents@columbia.edu to inquire about any openings. The application for the 2023-24 academic year will open in late Fall 2022 as part of the Special Interest Communities (SICs) Application.

All residents must participate in a mandatory weekend orientation/retreat to take place prior to the start of the fall semester. Inability to participate in this experiential program in its entirety will be cause of dismissal from the program and residence. No exceptions will be made. 

Note: Applicants are expected to reside in the ICH community for a full academic year. Plans to study abroad during the 2023–24 academic year may affect consideration of prospective residency.

Questions about the process, program requirements and/or qualifications? Please email ichresidents@columbia.edu.


Prospective ICH residents should support the IRC’s objective to collectively work toward social justice, actively build community within the ICH and on campus and develop awareness of issues related to social inequity through education and social exchange. Applicants must be enrolled in no fewer than twelve points at Columbia College, Columbia Engineering or Barnard College. During their year of residence, applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in good academic standing and disciplinary status (status may be verified as a part of the application process).  

Important Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

While all residential spaces are filled for the Fall 2022 semester, ICH applications will still be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis if an opening becomes available.

Applicants received at this time will be placed on a waitlist. Please email ichresidents@columbia.edu to inquire about the waitlist process. All information is private and will remain on file for one year or until your residency in the IRC/ICH ends, whichever comes first.

Any submitted materials and attachments become the property of the IRC and will not be returned. Applications that are incomplete in any way will not be reviewed.

Note: Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in November 2022  as part of the Special Interest Communities (SICs) Application..

Intercultural House Interviews

For residency during the 2022-23 academic year, interviews will take place if spaces open during the 2022-23 academic year. For residency during the 2023-2024 academic year, interviews will take place in January 2023. Applicants are expected to check their email and schedule interviews promptly upon their return from winter break. All interviews are offered based on response order, and selections can take place on a rolling basis depending on applicant pool and size.


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