The International Residential College

The International Residential College or “IRC” is a residential college program that is focused on international issues.  Too often, we hear comments that suggest that when people read the name, they automatically assume that this is the housing option for international students.  That is an unfortunate association with the name -although the University hasn’t found a better name to describe the program.  The goal is to provide a diverse and active community where global issues and concerns are discussed.  The current make up of the community is about 1/3 international students and 2/3 domestic students.  That ratio is the same in Hereford College.

I recommend that both as a first year student and as an incoming upperclass student that you give serious consideration to this housing option.  The location of the college, on Emmet street, next to the Alumni Association and across from the tennis courts, is close to everything.  The four buildings are very community focused – the first floor in Munford was originally constructed as women’s housing before the University was coed and has large lounge and classroom areas that are utilized extensively to support activities.  The IRC is a very active and involved community.  If you look at their web site you will see student created videos that have individual students describing what life has been like for them, as members of the community.  The activities describe will include very popular yoga classes, weekly discussions about world issues (“The Week that Was”), weekly community breakfasts and study abroad trips.  The community also features as many as 35 exchange students who are here each year.

For FY students, there is room in the community for 60 (out of a total population of approximately 280 students).  It is a community that you can join and remain a part of all 4 years.  The upperclass students can help you with your adjustment to the University in ways that only a peer who is a couple of steps ahead of you can.

The staff of the College are always eager to answer your questions about life in the community.

1 Response to “The International Residential College”


  1. 1 Chris May 26, 2010 at 12:12 am

    “The International Residential College or “IRC” is a residential college program that is focused on international issues. Too often, we hear comments that suggest that when people read the name, they automatically assume that this is the housing option for international students. That is an unfortunate association with the name -although the University hasn’t found a better name to describe the program.”

    Your short description seems to describe the IRC perfectly (although I can see the problem with calling it “The Residential College that focuses on International Issues”). What’s the issue with calling it “Global Issues Residential College” or “Global Awareness RC” or “International Solutions RC”?


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