For safety reasons, all Global House cultural events and activities for Fall 2020 will be held online. Please visit the Virtual Cultural Events page to take part in our online programming. We hope to resume in-person cultural events in Spring 2021.

Check out our Open Events Calendar or follow us on social media to find out about upcoming events.

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GLOBAL HOUSE at 610 Beacon Street

The Global House Living-Learning Community welcomes students who are passionate about languages and cultures.  Through this specialty housing experience, Global House residents explore together what it means to be globally diverse and build on the University’s effort “to continue to foster the engagement of Boston University in the city and the world.”  In the true spirit of a Living-Learning community, learning will extend to all aspects of the Global House experience. Students collaboratively develop cultural programming while developing intercultural literacy and building community. Students engage in weekly meetings with their Language Cluster, participate in the Global House Discussion series, attend cultural and community activities, and more.

Students are also expected to adhere to the Global House Language Pledge while in Global House spaces. We currently accept speakers of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Global House also offers a HUB co-curricular experience. This means that students who reside in Global House for two semesters and successfully complete the Global House co-curricular program will earn one HUB unit in either Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy OR in Individual in Community. Students may only earn one (1) HUB unit through Global House.


Apply to Global House

Applications for Academic Year 2020-2021 are now closed. Students who wish to be added to the waiting list may continue to apply. If space in Global House becomes available, it will be offered to students on the waiting list. Please only apply to the waiting list if you intend to live on-campus in Fall 2020.

The applications for Spring 2021 and AY 2021-22 will open in November.

Students must submit a Housing Deposit and a Housing Agreement to the Housing Office to be eligible for on-campus housing, including Global House. Click here to visit the Housing Portal.

Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are proficient in one of the following languages at the second-semester level (112) or above are eligible to apply. We currently offer the following Language Clusters: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Native speakers may apply to the language cluster of their native language. However, if students have sufficient proficiency in more than one Global House language, they are encouraged to apply to the language cluster for the language in which they would most like to build proficiency.

Have questions about Global House? Visit our FAQ page.

Read more about Global House’s origins in BU Today.

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