International Studies Residential College (ISRC)
With a South Campus location close to many academic buildings and downtown Evanston, ISRC provides a close-knit community for U.S. and international students interested in diverse cultures, languages, and in experiencing the unexpected. Its suite-style accomodations - clusters of single and double rooms sharing a common living area - promote a friendly, social atmosphere. Residents enjoy many shared activities, from studying and having meals together to ice skating and playing Frisbee. ISRC's relaxed environment is ideal for exploring interests and forming close, long-lasting friendships.
ISRC life balances academics with fun through a variety of social activities. The college's faculty fellows, guest speakers, and residents offer a diverse fireside series in which participants may learn Russian folk songs or bone up on the history of bagpiping, visit Chicago's Polish neighborhoods or take part in an interactive lecture on the neurobiology of viruses. In addition to philanthropy opportunities and trips to Chicago, ISRC residents plan social events that often highlight a particular culture, such as a German Oktoberfest or a Cuban-style lunch. Each winter the college's International Dinner brings ISRC students and fellows together to enjoy world music and ethnic cuisines.
Each year, residents choose a country or language as a theme for their suites, decorate their common areas accordingly, and enliven daily life with music, cooking, and outings based on their theme.
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