International Residential College

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International Residential College
Established 2001
Type Residential college
Principal Eric Loth
Undergraduates 300
Location Charlottesville, Va., US
Campus Four student residential buildings, plus one faculty residential building.
Affiliations University of Virginia

The International Residential College (also known as the IRC) was established in 2001, and is the newest residential college at the University of Virginia. It compromises Mary Munford, Roberta Gwathmey, Lewis, and Hoxton dorms (also sometimes referred to as 'houses'), all of which existed before the IRC was established.[1] The IRC houses 300 students of all years at UVa, with international students making up 45% of the students living at the IRC, representing 40 countries.[2]


The International Residential College was created to explore global and cross-cultural issues on Grounds. Applications to the IRC were first available in January 2001 and the IRC opened its doors in the Fall of 2001.[3] The Founder and First Principal of the IRC was Prof. Brad Brown who, for 12 years, led and developed the IRC into a strong community of successful students with a unique global perspective.[3]


The International Residential College is a residential and academic community for undergraduate students, both domestic and foreign. The IRC programs promote cultural diversity, study abroad opportunities, student governance, community outreach, academic excellence, as well as intellectual discourse between students, and with faculty.[3] The IRC emphasizes the importance of global diversity and academic development at the University; this mission of international togetherness is evident in the many dorm-wide events, which range from field trips to Monticello to monthly dinners at Alumni Hall.[1]


International Residential College residents can be of any year at the University (as opposed to many other residence halls, where restrictions are placed based on the year of the student). All students, whether they are returning upperclassmen, incoming First Years, transfer students, or exchange students, must apply to be able to live in the IRC.[4] Applications consist of a short essay explaining applicants’ reasons for wanting to live in the college, as well as their potential contributions to the vibrant international community on display there.[1] All applications are reviewed and ranked by the IRC Student Council.[4]


Munford and Gwathmey Houses[edit]

Mary Munford and Roberta Gwathmey are two interconnected buildings located on Emmet Street, near the Memorial Gym.[5] Rooms in these buildings are either double or single-occupancy, open onto a common hallway, and share a large bathroom.[5] A number of kitchens and furnished lounges provide space for residents to come together for formal programs or informal socializing.[5] Other facilities within the buildings include a computer lab, TV rooms, laundry rooms, and a game room.[5]

  • Munford House - Except for about six men who live in a small corridor on the first floor, all the residents of Munford House are women, including all of the first-year women.[6] About 100 people live in Munford, which is not air-conditioned.[6] Each floor is equipped with a large kitchen, and each kitchen has an oven, microwave, refrigerator and sink.[6] The Munford Gathering Place (MGP) hosts several weekly events such as Breakfast of Champions and Tea and Jamin.[2]
  • Gwathmey House - Gwathmey is the largest residence (because so much of Munford is used as communal space), holding about 120 students.[6] The first and third floors are all men, including all first-year men, and the second floor is for women.[6] Each floor is equipped with a large kitchen, and each kitchen has an oven, microwave, refrigerator and sink. The first floor lounge includes a large TV, DVD, Play Station and 2 Sofa's.[6] Gwathmey is not air-conditioned.[6]

Lewis and Hoxton Houses[edit]

Lewis and Hoxton are located next to Alumni Hall on Sprigg Lane.[5] Double and single-occupancy rooms are available.[5] Some single rooms have a private bath, but most have a shared bath; double rooms share a bath.[5] The rooms are air-conditioned and include a kitchen.[5] A study lounge, vending machines, and laundry facilities are provided within the complex.[5]

  • Lewis House - Lewis holds about 60 upper-class students and is air-conditioned.[6] Lewis is designed in a suite-style.[6] Several rooms are available with private bathrooms though most are shared.[6] Full kitchens are on each floor.[6]
  • Hoxton House - Hoxton holds approximately 40 upper-class students and is air conditioned.[6] Hoxton is designed in a suite style.[6] Full kitchens are on each floor.[6]


Meal plans are mandatory for first-years but optional for upperclassmen.[7] These meal plans can be used at nearby UVA cafes and dining halls.[7] Regardless of whether a student has a meal plan, there are weekly food events provided by IRC administration and student council open to all IRC residents, in order to foster the community spirit through conversation over food, and a space to meet new people.[7] Some of these events include Mug Mornings (every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday feature morning coffee and bagels), Petit Dejeuner (a weekly French style continental breakfast every Wednesday), and Darjeeling Tea (every Thursday afternoon).[7] The IRC Council also sponsors additional informal and relaxed events, such as BBQ's, ice cream socials, and a local foods tea.[7]

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