many national flags hung outside ILC

International Learning Community

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the International Learning Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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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

Seminar

ILC residents celebrating their Spring Festival

ILC Seminar
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 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.

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Community Goals

  • 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.

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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
  • Convocation
  • International Division events:  study abroad, intern abroad information sessions
  • Community-wide celebrations of cultural events hosted by Language Floors
  • Roundtable dinners (two times per month)
  • End of semester and end of year community socials
  • Winter shopping trips

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Language Immersion Houses

The ILC supports language study by offering dedicated language immersion programming in Arabic, Chinese, 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.

Learn More About Language Houses

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ILC Professional Staff

Kelly Giese

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Magpie Mauthe

Position title: Program Coordinator

ILC Faculty Fellows

Charo D'Etcheverry

Position title: Faculty Director of ILC
Professor of Classical Japanese Literature

Karen Evans-Romaine

Position title: Faculty Director of Russian House

Adam Kern

Position title: Faculty Director of Japanese 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

Catherine Stafford

Position title: Faculty Director of Spanish House

Tianlu Zhang

Position title: Faculty Director of Chinese House