Living and Learning Communities

The McGhee Center and the Villa le Balze are Georgetown University’s Living and Learning Communities abroad. As natural extensions of Georgetown University, LLCs abroad embody Jesuit values of reflection, service to the community and intellectual inquiry while challenging students with perspectives from beyond their home campus experiences. Each center is staffed with a resident director, administrative and support staff who help bridge the gap between the familiar and unfamiliar by fostering a shared community experience that emphasizes both academic and personal development. A signature element of Georgetown's LLCs abroad is greater interaction among faculty, staff and students through academically rigorous courses, shared meals and the opportunities these provide for developing interpersonal relationships, and faculty-led extra-curricular activities and excursions. Students on LLC programs at these sites have the opportunity to engage with a combination of scholars hired from the local community as well as US-based and main campus faculty members. Likewise, faculty members gain new insight into their discipline through increased access to international faculty and are able to bring their international experiences into the classroom and their future work with Georgetown students. Students, instructors and staff all commit to participating fully in each other's academic development and personal growth. Similar to the Living and Learning Communities on Main Campus, those abroad seek to enhance the overall educational experience of participants while maintaining the traditions of the Georgetown University academic experience.