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International Scholar’s Residence (White House)

International Visiting Scholars’ Residence is a shared residence for international exchange scholars, research grant scholars, and other international academic guests of Ramapo College. Also known informally on campus as the “White House,” the Residence is designated by Ramapo College to be the “home away from home” for a number of individuals during their visit at the College.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services manages the International Visiting Scholars Residence including programming for the visiting scholars, managing the upkeep of the residence, coordinating transportation needs and assisting with integration into the Ramapo College community. Programs include monthly social gatherings, luncheons, dinners, holiday celebrations and off campus trips.

Prior to the arrival at Ramapo College, all Visiting Scholars work closely with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services in ensuring that the legal matters over the visit to the United States are addressed and completed.

In addition, the Office has created the Handbook for the Visiting Scholars. The Handbook provides a brief explanation of the legal issues a scholar should be aware of, as well as information on the Visiting Scholars’ Residence and living arrangements for the scholars on campus.

Please click on the following link to access the Handbook.

Handbook for International Scholars  …coming soon!

White House Policy

Eligibility for Residence in the White House

The White House is primarily designed to provide short-term (e.g. a few days) and long-term (e.g. up to two semesters) accommodation for International Visitors to Ramapo College.

International Visitors who have received an invitation letter for visa purposes from the Roukema Center for International Education and fall under one of the following categories qualify to reside in the White House:

  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA)
  • Schomburg Fellows (International) / Platinum Series Scholars (International)
  • J-1 International Exchange Faculty / Administrator from Partner Institutions
  • J-1 International Researchers from Partner Institutions
  • Faculty / Administrator from International Partner Institutions
  • International Graduate Students from Partner Institutions

Assignments are made on a first come first serve basis. Decisions on assignments are under the authority of the Director of International Education; his/her decisions are final.