Welcome to ISRC!

Read our 2021-2022 welcome letter here

The International Studies Residential College (ISRC) of Northwestern University is housed in West Fairchild Hall. Most of our events have an international focus, such as our weekly International Film Night and multicultural munchies. Even though our theme is international studies, you don’t need to be an International Studies major to live here. If you love to travel, try new and interesting foods, and learn different languages – or you just like the building location – ISRC is perfect for you!

We are a part of the Residential College Board (RCB) which has a 10 different residential colleges, catering to a number of student interests. When you complete your housing application, choose residential colleges! They’re a great way to get involved on campus, make friends, and form personal relationships with professors.



We are located on South Campus, close to the Weber Arch, the Rock, Harris Hall, University Hall, Crowe Hall, Kresge Hall, East Fairchild (CRC), Locy Hall, and Fisk Hall. We are about five minutes away from the Norris University Center, the Allison dining hall, the Hinman dining hall, and the Alice Millar Chapel.

The Northwestern campus map can also be found here.

Passing of a Fellow

Jock McLane, ISRC’s first Master from 1981-83 and active Fellow ever since, passed away on January 24. He was a very young 84 years old.

Jock was a Professor of History at Northwestern University for 50 years! (1961-2011).  Jock earned his B.A. in History at Harvard in 1957. In 1961, Jock earned his Ph.D. at the School Oriental and African Studies in London.

He regularly attended lunches at ISRC – and as any wonderful conversationalist would, he engaged everyone he spoke with in colorful discussion. As a sympathetic and gracious listener, he would ask questions about people’s lives and genuinely cared about the answers.  He was a fierce advocate for equality, and we regularly benefited from his perspective on current events, both worldly and local. Jock attended most ISRC social events and outings – always with positive energy and a smile that lit up the room.

Jock was a tireless humanist.  Even as an historian, his ongoing interest in current events never faltered. He entertained countless discussions and friendly debates with everyone. 

Even after retirement, Jock tried his hand (literally) at various new activities – taking woodworking and drawing classes.  On most weekends, rain or shine, he would help clear brush on the Illinois prairie path. 

All of us at ISRC will miss Jock tremendously and remember his kindness and generosity! 

Site last updated on April 25, 2021.

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