Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

International House Learning Community

  • International House Learning Community
    International House Learning Community
  • I-House students at Schmidt's in German Village
    I-House students at Schmidt's in German Village
  • I-House students
    I-House students
  • I-House students planning a trip to New York City
    I-House students planning a trip to New York City


The International House (I-House) learning community at The Ohio State University is a one-of-a-kind space for students, staff, and faculty worldwide to live and learn together.  Founded over thirty years ago, I-House provides participants with opportunities to learn more about themselves and others through interactive workshops, special events, retreats, and educational road trips.

During their time in I-House, students explore how to live and learn with individuals from similar and different backgrounds than their own.  Along with these peer connections, participants also work with faculty, staff, and alumni to develop the self-awareness and intercultural skills needed to adapt and thrive in communities at home or abroad.

Learning Community Highlights

  • In-hall, community gatherings focused on better understanding self and others, personal wellness, global sustainability, and ways to have fun worldwide.
  • Specialized workshops co-sponsored by Ohio State’s Global Gateway offices in Brazil, China, and India to learn from alumni, Gateway office staff, and current students who share their experiences with education abroad, global internships, and working on international projects.
  • Unique road trips, multicultural food tasting nights, cross-cultural dialogues and conversations offered through active collaborations with the Office of International Affairs Global Engagement Initiatives and Residence Life International Students Coordinator.
  • Connections with the Global Citizens Learning Community at Ohio State's Newark campus, allowing participants to combine what they learn in the classroom with real-world experiences.
  • Active participants in I-House are eligible to earn a Global Engagement Certificate that recognizes their commitment to improving their intercultural skills and understanding. (Learn more about the certificate at:

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Incoming First-Year Students

  • A submitted Learning Community Application is due by April 15, 2022. No late applications will be accepted. You do not have to wait until you are accepted to Ohio State and/or receive your housing contract to apply. 
  • Students will receive an update on their application status by April 29, 2022.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than May 27, 2022 in order to ensure your eligibility to participate in a Learning Community. Housing Contracts are sent to your Ohio State email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Current OSU Students

  • Current Ohio State students who will be be in their second year during the 2022-2023 school year and are interested in joining or returning to a learning community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February 11, 2022
  • Completing this application does not guarantee housing in an Ohio State Residence Hall or a specific room type. You must submit your reselection form by the Housing and Residence Education deadline in order to participate. Your housing reselection information will arrive at your OSU e-mail account at a later date. 
  • Students will receive an update on their LC application status by February 18, 2022.
  • Change of campus students must also contact Housing Assignments no later than February 11, 2022 at 614-292-8266 or to ensure they are included in the housing reselection process and eligible for Learning Community participation.

Please note that all students in Learning Communities are required to reside in a space within the Learning Community and live with other Learning Community participants. Learning Community students may only request roommates accepted into the same LC.

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