The Global Neighborhood: Programming Initiatives with International Living-Learning Communities


  • Sarah McClanahan University of South Carolina, United States



The United States is currently enrolling more international students than any other country in the world. In 2011, approximately 764,000 international students were enrolled in higher education in the U.S., comprising 19% of the world’s total students studying internationally (Institute of International Education, 2012). This rise, as well as the rapid globalization occurring within the United States, has brought about a need for students and staff in higher education to be equipped to communicate cross-culturally and have an understanding of global issues. International living-learning communities (I-LLCs) are a way for universities to provide opportunities for domestic students and international students to live together and gain global knowledge through first-hand experiences and programs directed at international issues. While I-LLCs are not necessarily common across the U.S., many institutions are in the process of creating such programs in order to expand the global focus of their institutions. 

Author Biography

Sarah McClanahan, University of South Carolina, United States

Sarah McClanahan is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of South Carolina. Sarah works as a Graduate Assistant in International Student Services where she coordinates international programming initiatives, including the Buddies Beyond Borders and Carolina Intercultural Training programs. She attended Iowa State University and obtained her BA in Communication Studies. She studied abroad in Scotland in 2010, where she fell in love with Celtic music and caught the travel bug. She has participated in service trips to El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, and has spent time traveling through Europe and China. 




How to Cite

McClanahan, S. (2014). The Global Neighborhood: Programming Initiatives with International Living-Learning Communities. Journal of International Students, 4(2), 191–195.



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