Frelinghuysen Hall, College Avenue Campus

The International Community is a Living-Learning Community specifically for first year undergraduate international students. Students take a one credit School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) course, and participate in programs and events that are focused on assisting students who are new to the United States, or will be coming to the United States, acclimate and transition into Rutgers UniversityThe community is also supported by residence life staff who provide mentoring.

Students live together in Frelinghuysen Hall, a traditional residence hall on College Avenue Campus.

  • All students must take the International Student Transition Seminar (ISTS)
  • Small group mentoring from residence life staff
  • Specialized activities

Programming for this community has included:

  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving
  • International Art Show
  • International Student Panel during International Education Week
  • Thanksgiving meal during the break
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Holi Celebration
  • Must be a full time Rutgers incoming first year undergraduate international student.
  • Must be a School of Arts and Sciences student.
  • Have an interest in other cultures and global topics, and want to share their own experiences.
  • In need of assistance with your transition to Rutgers. 
  • We will not review placement scores for this community 

What is the ISTS course?
As a new international student at Rutgers, ISTS classes are designed to help make connections with resources and network in small group settings. All sections are led by a Residence Life professional staff member. Examples of topics covered during section meetings include academics, pop culture, Rutgers history and US traditions, making friends and connecting with the Rutgers community.

International students who take the ISTS course will develop a stronger sense of connection with their communities and with Rutgers.

Download a sample syllabus for this community. Please note: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

  1. Take your placement testing ASAP if you are a first-year. Most of the communities require Basic Composition or higher and we cannot accept you into a community until we have reviewed your placement scores.
    • We will not review scores for the International LLC.
    • Business and Health and Medicine require math and English scores.
    • French Language and Culture require French scores.
  2. If you have APed out of the courses related to the LLC of your choice, this opportunity is likely not the best fit for you as you will not be able to take the courses affiliated with the LLC. You may upload scores for our office to review here.
  3. Go to for your housing application. When you arrive to the Learning Communities page on the housing application, utilize the drop-down box to select a living-learning community based on an interest area you would like to explore. Remember you must live in the designated residence hall and take the associated course(s) in order to participate in our LLCs. The priority deadline for applications is June 7, but we will accept applications after this date if there is space.  BE SURE TO REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY SECTIONS BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY THROUGH THE HOUSING APPLICATION.
  4. The following LLCs require a brief supplemental application in addition to the housing application. The supplemental application can be found here for: Entrepreneurship and Innovation LLC, Business Discovery House, and Health and Medicine.
  5. After we check your scores and review your housing and supplemental application (if applicable) we will notify you via email whether your application has been accepted or declined. Ensure the email you list on your application is one you can check after you’ve graduated from your current institution/left your previous institution.  If your application is accepted, you will be automatically enrolled in the LLC if there is a COMPLETED housing application on file.  If you wish to no longer participate it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to immediately respond to our email and make us aware of your wish to decline the LLC. If we decline your application, you will be provided an opportunity to apply for a different LLC if space and time allows.  Generally, the earlier you apply, the sooner we can notify you.
  6. SAS Transfer Knights LLCs are not found on the Housing application as they are an invite-only community. If you are eligible, you will be emailed by the Transfer Center.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Loh, International Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Residence Life


For general information, please submit an interest form.