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International Learning Community is located in:

Adams Hall
1520 Tripp Circle
Madison, WI 53706-1282

International Learning Community

The International Learning Community (ILC) is a residential program at the UW-Madison, which recognized the residential halls as one of the key venues for integrated learning initiatives. The general aim of the International Learning Community is to connect in and out-of classroom experiences and bring Faculty and students together, with the purpose of enhancing foreign language skills and gain critical understanding of world cultures.

Our residential community offers you many opportunities to make friends from Wisconsin, the U.S. and from the world and to interact with faculty, staff, and students who share your interest in learning about different cultures. The ILC is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding and foreign language proficiency.

This living experience is ideal for students planning to study abroad or returning from studying abroad; for international and exchange students; for students studying foreign languages; and for any student simply interested in world affairs. ILC residents bring enthusiasm and curiosity for learning about other cultures as well as sharing information about their own.

UW-Madison faculty, University Housing staff, and current ILC students help design and plan a range of programs from social gatherings to trips to educational and cultural activities throughout the year as a way of immersing ourselves in global study and language practice.

The ILC stands apart from other residence hall communities due to our global focus to culture and language, cross-cultural interaction, and by offering you many cultural and research opportunities.

Click to see student testimonials about their ILC experience.

Where are ILC students from?

The ILC is home to students from the USA and many other countries. The list includes but is not limited to the following: Australia, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, and United Kingdom.

Who is eligible to join the ILC?

To International Learning Community attracts students who:

  • Want to meet people from all over the world.
  • Are interested in learning about other cultures and sharing information about your own.
  • Respectfully seek out and explore cultural values of widely divergent belief systems.
  • Bring enthusiasm and curiosity for living and learning in an international community.
  • Actively wish to participate in ILC programs and events.
    • Participation in a language house is NOT required - the ILC welcomes anyone with an interest!

Learn About the History of the ILC.

Do I need an application to join the ILC?

To apply to the ILC as an incoming first-year student, you should rank it as your number one choice on University Housing's Assignment Preference Form, which is included with your housing contract materials, and return your form as soon as possible to the University Housing Assignment Office. Space in ILC is limited.

Most of the rooms in the ILC are single rooms and single room rates apply. Please visit the UW Housing web site for the most up to date room rates. In addition to the room charge there is an additional program fee of $250. This $250 fee covers the cost of increased staffing in the ILC, special programs, faculty fellows, and other services unique to the ILC.

To learn more about the ILC, contact the University Housing Assignment Office at 1-608-262-2522.

The ILC is co-sponsored by:

  • The Division of University Housing
  • International Institute
  • Department of African Languages and Literature
  • Department of East Asian Languages & Literature
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Department of German
  • Department of Scandinavian Studies
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese

ILC on Social Media

For up to date information about the ILC, visit our Facebook page and Blog.