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“At the beginning of each semester, I usually ask my international students where they are going to live. Teachers at SAL all agree that living arrangements can have a big impact on a student's successful adaptation to life in the U.S. When students tell us they're living in the I‑House, we can predict they will be successful in their study of language.”

Ann Campsey,
International Gateways teacher

Thank you for your interest in the I‑House. If you have further questions, please call or write:

International House
360 South 11th Street
San José, CA 95112
Phone: 408-924-6570
Fax: 408-924-6573

Application Review

Applications are reviewed by committee on an on-going basis. Applications for each semester are reviewed every two weeks until I‑House is full, beginning in early April for the upcoming Fall or Summer term, and beginning in early October for the upcoming Spring term.

  • Applicants are not accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Acceptance Criteria

Applicants are accepted based on many criteria including the following:

  • We consider diversity of countries represented at the I‑House.
  • We review essays to determine applicant's enthusiasm to participate in I‑House group activities, and ability and interest of an applicant to interact with people of many cultures and live in a diverse, multicultural environment.
  • We also take into account likely roommate compatibility with new and returning residents.
  • It is very important that, as much as possible, the applicant write his/her own application.
  • We recognize that many of our applicants will attend SJSU to learn English. We are not concerned with English language skills and ability, but concentrate instead on the above criteria.

How to Apply

Just download and fill in the application form details, then mail or fax it to us. You can also email the soft-copy of the same.

Once your application is approved, download the contract, sign it, and then mail or fax it to us.

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