Frelinghuysen Hall, College Avenue Campus
The International Community is a Living-Learning Community specifically for first year undergraduate international students. Students live together in Frelinghuysen Hall, a traditional residence hall on College Avenue Campus, take a one credit School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) course, and participate in programs and events that are focused on sharing global cultures.

The community is also supported by three Peer Mentors who provide individualized mentoring, and a student advisory board (International Community Advisory Board) composed of students living in Frelinghuysen.

  • All students must take the¬†International Student Transition Seminar (ISTS) which meets once a week on Fridays, 1:10pm-2:30pm at Hardenbergh Hall.
  • Priority move in date (International students move in the day before the start of International Student Orientation)
  • Small group mentoring and 1:1 attention from Peer Mentors
  • Specialized programming, trips, and 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.

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 assisted by one of the ICAF peer mentors. 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

Incoming First Year Students

Select International Living-Learning Community from the drop-down list on the online housing application, which can be found at Priority deadline to select your LLC is May 16. Learning Communities staff will contact you regarding any follow-up inquiries that we have. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until LLCs are filled. An essay is no longer required for this community.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Loh, International Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Residence Life


For general information, please submit an interest form or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.