Adams Residence Hall | 173 residents | Single & double rooms | Mixed coed floors
Language Communities available
Sponsor: International Division | Open to any major
$250 learning community fee (exception request form)
To be successful in today’s world, cultural readiness is essential. The International Learning Community (ILC) offers students a variety of opportunities aimed at developing students into global leaders. The ILC living experience is ideal for students studying foreign languages, interested in world affairs, or visiting UW-Madison via an exchange program. In the ILC, residents will enhance their cross-cultural understanding and language proficiency by connecting with neighbors.
How to Join
- Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
- Select the International Learning Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
- Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
- Receive your room assignment
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 J., ILC Resident
International Studies 310 | 1 Credit
ILC residents are able to take a one-credit, non-graded seminar that brings a faculty fellows 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 Community (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.
- Meet peers from all over the world
- Build knowledge about other cultures
- Seek out and explore cultural values of widely divergent belief systems
- Develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a global citizen
We have many students who choose to live with us who are planning to study abroad, returning from study abroad, or are wanting an international experience but unable to go abroad during their college careers.
Events & Activities
Each year, the ILC offers events and activities 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. Some of the ILC’s yearly Signature events include:
- Opportunity to receive a $500 research award to work for an entire semester with UW-Madison faculty
- International Division events: study abroad, intern abroad information sessions
- Community-wide celebrations of cultural events hosted by Language Communities
- Roundtable Dinners (two times per month)
- End of semester and end of year community socials
- Winter shopping trips
The ILC supports language study by offering dedicated language programming in Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Nordic (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish), Russian, and Spanish. These programs offer regular opportunities to speak the target languages in both social and classroom settings, making them ideal for students planning to study abroad, seeking to maintain their fluency after studying abroad, or for anyone simply looking to improve their language skills.
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