The Global Village

May 18, 2017: There are still a few spots remaining in the 2017 -2018 Global Village Living Learning Community - Apply today!

*On-Campus Residents can apply here.

Commuter Students can apply here.

Questions? Check out our douglass housing opportunities page or contact Merylou Rodriguez, Director of Scholarships, Housing and Student Engagement at


The Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center is open!

All Global Village Classes take place on Mondays from 7:15 - 8:35 PM both fall and spring semester -  Special permission numbers for Fall 2017 have been sent to all accepted students. If you did not receive a number, please contact


The Women & Creativity House showcased their work in a group exhibit at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Mable Smith Douglass Library. Read more here.

Members of the Women, Gender, and Global Education House recently visited the United Nations. Read more here.

Meet the director of the Global Village, Dr. Gwendolyn Beetham.



The Global Village is a Living-Learning Community that seeks to develop language skills, intercultural appreciation, global awareness and a sense of community among students at Douglass Residential College. This unique residential environment combines curricular and co-curricular activities designed to enhance each student’s overall college experience.

As a member of the Global Village, you will connect with others who share your passions, cultivate your inter-cultural understanding, and develop relationships with Rutgers institutes and community members affiliated with your house.  And you don't have to major in the house theme; in fact, a great way to become a well-rounded student is to join a house that’s different from your major. Global Village students come from all majors and backgrounds, and this kind of experience looks great on a resume – and grad school application!

The houses are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Transfer and commuter students are also eligible to apply. Applicants to the language houses must show proficiency in the house language (level 131 or above). All Global Village residents participate in a 1.5-credit house course each semester on the theme of their house. Applications for Global Village housing open at the beginning of every Spring semster for the next academic year. The course takes place on Mondays from 7:15 pm to 8:35 pm in the fall and spring semester, and eligible students must be available to take their respective house course during the entire academic year. Please note that there is a $60 course fee per semester that is used to cover student trips and other house expenses.

Each year, one or two Global Village houses have the opportunity to travel abroad during winter break to further explore issues related to the house mission and engage in sustainable service learning. House trips have allowed Global Village students to visit South Africa, Romania, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. These trips are fully funded through the generous donation of a Douglass Alum. To take advantage of these experiences, participating students are responsible for securing the appropriate travel documents by Oct 1 in the fall semester. DACA students and others who need help obtaining travel documents should contact Global Village Director, Gwendolyn Beetham.



The Global Village gives students many special opportunities, including the ability to travel both internationally and within the country to doing community work rooted in social justice principles. Read more »
Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) are student mentors who work in the Global Village communities, where they offer leadership guidance and develop programming and events related to the unique mission of their particular Global Village house. Read more »
Global Village Instructors are an integral part of each Global Village house, enhancing the undergraduate experience by serving as teachers, mentors, and leaders in the Global Village community. Read more »
The Global Village consists of cultural, language and special theme houses. The communities are located in Jameson and Woodbury Residence Halls, and are open to students at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Read more »
The Global Village aims to develop long lasting partnerships with global and local community organizations. Read more »