many national flags hung outside ILC

International Learning Community (ILC)

What is awesome about living in the ILC is that I get to meet so many students interested in other languages and cultures. No matter what our differences are, I can always be certain that we can relate on that aspect.

Devin Johnson, ILC Resident


ILC residents celebrating their Spring Festival

ILC Seminar Class | 1 Credit

ILC residents are able to take a one-credit, non-graded seminar that brings a faculty fellow and students together for one hour twice per month to explore and discuss a wide variety of international and cultural topics. These discussions take place in either the target language of their Language House (if they are a part of one) or in English. In many cases, faculty and students work together to plan discussions and activities for the roundtable course. Previous discussions have been centered on films, religion, current affairs, dialects, art, and contemporary issues.

ILC Seminar Flyer


Programs and Activities

One of the benefits of living in a Learning Community is the wide variety of activities offered for residents to participate in. Activities can include social events, networking lunches, seminars, field trips, and events within the greater Madison community. Learning communities often have signature events that are repeated year-to-year, but also include new activities based on resident’s input and preferences.

Each year, the ILC offers events that allow residents to build relationships within their community, explore world cultures, study languages, connect with experts and scholars, travel outside of Madison, and have fun. Listed below are some of the ILC’s signature events that are hosted yearly.

Some of the ILC’s yearly signature events include:

  • Convocation
  • Finals breakfasts
  • End-of-year social
  • Tea Time
  • Roundtable dinners (two times per month)
  • Winter shopping trip

ILC Professional Staff

Kelly Giese

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Magpie Mauthe

Position title: Program Coordinator

Ruben Medina

Position title: Faculty Director of ILC
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Brian Pilsner

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

ILC Faculty Fellows

Charo D'Etcheverry

Position title: Faculty Director of Japanese House

David Hildner

Position title: Faculty Director of Spanish House

Rania Huntington

Position title: Faculty Director of Chinese House
Faculty Fellow of Asian Languages and Culture

Sergey Karpukhin

Position title: Faculty Director of Russian House

Julie Larson

Position title: Faculty Director of German House

Scott Mellor

Position title: Faculty Director of Nordic House (ILC)
Faculty Fellow of Scandinavian Studies (BLC)

Mustafa Mustafa

Position title: Faculty Director of Arabic House