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Foreign Language Residence Program


Stevenson C Floor 8

Availability may be limited by gender. More info


  • Active enrollment in at least one foreign language course per semester
  • Availability to attend the evening meal, Monday – Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., with fellow participants (no classes may be taken during this time period)
  • Interview at NIU with the coordinator and the resident native speaker
  • Spend an afternoon meeting present members, viewing the facility, and participating in a language group meal and language night (not available during the summer term)

How to Sign Up

Complete the FLRP application and submit it to the coordinator:

Greg Ross
Foreign Language Residence Program
Northern Illinois University
Watson Hall 121
DeKalb, IL 60115

Inaugurated in 1972, making it Northern Illinois University's oldest residential program, the Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP) has provided NIU students with an extraordinary opportunity to practice their language skills outside the classroom setting in a relaxed residential environment.

Students enrolled in the FLRP program meet weekdays (Monday through Thursday) from 4:15 to 5:30 pm in a private dining room to socialize in the target language with fellow participants, department faculty members and often other international guests. At each language table, there is a native speaker to help facilitate conversation. These native speakers live with the students in the International House and are a great resource for cultural information and language tutoring.

In addition to the program's many academic benefits, FLRP participants also enjoy connecting with the other students in the program. Lifelong friendships and professional networking opportunities are perks of the program. FLRP participants also enjoy extra cultural excursions and retreats at no extra cost.

Special Opportunities

A Themed Learning Community is a group of two to four courses taken by the same set of approximately 25 students over the course of a semester. These courses are taught in a way that will allow you to explore a common theme across all of the courses in your TLC.

If you decide to join FLRP, we think you'd be interested in these TLCs:

  • Leadership & Service
  • Psychology: Explorations of Perception
  • Psychology: Growing a Mindset for Success

Learn more about Themed Learning Communities.

For More Information

Visit the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures or contact:

Greg Ross
House Coordinator

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