University of Wisconsin–Madison
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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

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:

  • Field trips to the Chicago Field Museum, the Milwaukee Folk Fair, and shopping
  • Holiday celebrations for Diwali, Chinese New Year, Holi, Russian New year, Ojibwe Winter Games, St. Lucia Day, and St. Nicks Day
  • Weekly language tutoring programs in all language houses
  • Tea Time
  • Prom Nights (twice per semester)
  • Talent Show Nights
  • Roundtable dinners (two times per month)
  • Introductions to staff in Study Abroad and International Intern programs
  • Campus International Week programming
  • Interpreting and Translation job opportunities and information sessions

Seminar Info

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

ILC Professional Staff

Zachery Holder

Residence Life Coordinator

Magpie Mauthe

Program Coordinator

Ruben Medina

ILC Faculty Director
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Laura Strimpel

Area Coordinator

ILC Faculty Fellows

Grant Armstrong

Faculty Director - Spanish House

Nevine El-Nossery

Faculty Fellow - French & Italian, African Cultural Studies

Karen Evans-Romaine

Faculty Director - Russian House

Rania Huntington

Faculty Director - Chinese House
Faculty Fellow - Asian Languages and Culture

Elizabeth Kelly

Faculty Fellow - Economics

Julie Larson

Faculty Director - German House

Scott Mellor

ILC Faculty Director - Nordic House
BLC Faculty Fellow - Scandinavian Studies

Mustafa Mustafa

Faculty Director - Arabic House

Steve Ridgely

Faculty Director - Japanese House

Damon Sajnani

Faculty Director - African Studies

Stephen Young

Faculty Fellow