Programs and Classes

Programs and Classes

The International Residential College (IRC) celebrates cultural diversity in all forms. Students living in the IRC increase their awareness and appreciation of cultures within the University, the Charlottesville community, and from around the world. The IRC provides opportunities for residents to grow as leaders through self- governance, as scholars engaged in intellectual discourse with faculty and fellow students, and as global citizen through outreach, cultural programming, and study abroad experiences.

Our programming is free to IRC residents and supports the development of a community that:

  1. Explores other cultures

  2. Encourages intellectual discourse as bridge between coursework and the rest of our residents’ lives

  3. Engages with the local community

  4. Collaborates with other residential communities at UVA

  5. Embraces principles of student self governance

Programs offered by the Principal and Director of Studies:

Conversazione Grande Dinners - large community dinners in the Rotunda or Alumni Hall that include talks or cultural performances by IRC students and Faculty Fellows

Morea Evenings - culturally-focused events in Morea House and garden hosted by the Principal and DoS

Out and About - local trips to plays, museums, concerts, and other Charlottesville events with the Principal or DoS

Laissez Lire - book club with book discussions over dinner with the DoS and Faculty Fellows at Morea House

Monday Bagels - start off the week with Bodos bagels and IRC friends

Garden Room Lunches - lunch with Director of Studies or Principal and includes a guest Faculty Fellow

Morea Supper Club - discussion with students and a Faculty Fellow over dinner at Morea House


IRC Academic Courses

IRC in London and Oxford: Residential Colleges (spring 2024, 2023, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)

Global/Local Connections (fall 2023)

Global Challenges: where do we stand? (2022, 2021)

IRC in NYC - Paradigm of a Global City (2022)

The Culture and Place of Appalachia (2022)

Programs offered by Student Council:

Welcome Back Picnic - the first IRC event of the academic year!

IRC Committees - Student self-governance at its best! Join a Committee to get involved in the IRC, meet new people, and have fun!  Committees include Academic Excellence, Sustainability, Entertainment and Inter-Residential, Cooking Coalition and more

Cultural Events - lots of events throughout the year (e.g. Lunar New Year, Diwali, Day of the Dead, St. Patrick's Day...)

FalltoberFest - annual Fall event with pumpkin carving, balloon creation, Carpe Donuts, hot chocolate and cider

Pop Up Cafe - surprise events that include bubble tea, s'mores, cookies, or other exciting treats

Field Trips - to go apple picking or to Monticello or hiking to Blue Hole...

Welcome to Wednesday - weekly breakfast from Great Harvest Bakery, Panera, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and more

Thursday Treats - every Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm

Friday Croissants - croissants from Albemarle Baking Company

The Week That Was - weekly current events review session - snacks provided!

Thanksgiving Celebration - pies (lots) and ice cream!

Relaxation events during exams

Morea Cup - yearly Inter-Residential College and Living/Learning Community sports event