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Letter to Accepted DU Students

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Welcome Future Pioneer!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Denver! We hope you decide to join our incoming class of 2020. As you begin this exciting journey, I want to encourage you to participate in one of the University’s Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). Our LLCs will empower you to make the most of your first year here at DU through a program that combines academics, residential life, guest speakers, team-building activities, and community engagement.

I believe you would be an excellent fit for the International LLC (ILLC). By participating in the ILLC, you will join 29 other students living together on the same floor in Centennial Halls. On this floor you will feel an immediate sense of community, as you will be living with peers who share your same curiosity and passion for innovation, startups, and tackling social problems. Together, your group of 30 will take a two-credit course each quarter of your first year, diving deeper into these important themes and topics. Last academic year, our ILLC students took Issues in Globalization (Fall 2015), Global Citizenship (Winter 2016), and Cross-cultural Communications (Spring 2016) – all offered exclusively to the ILLC students only.

You will not only learn together in the classroom, but will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular programming unique to your LLC as well. As your ILLC Program Coordinator, I have already begun planning some exciting programming for the year ahead. Our program will begin with an ILLC Fall Retreat in Jamestown, CO. During this two-day retreat we will build upon the special bond within our community and enjoy a relaxing time in the mountains. You will also participate in regular ILLC programming, including a visit to the Denver Center for Performing Arts to watch an international play, exposure to exotic international cuisine, and a trip to Denver’s SIE International Film Center, amongst many other programming opportunities. You will enjoy all of these without any additional cost.

During your ILLC experience, you will also contribute time to our community engagement projects with placements in local international-focused organizations. These projects will enable you to develop your leadership skills while providing mutually beneficial support to these local groups.

The ILLC is an outstanding opportunity to develop your passion and knowledge around the theme of internationalization. I encourage you to apply to the ILLC, or one of our four other Living and Learning Communities: Social Justice, Wellness, Environmental Sustainability, or Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Apply to the Living and Learning Communities:

  • Priority application deadline: February 14th, 2017
  • Final application deadline: April 11th, 2016

For additional information about any of the LLCs, please email me directly at or contact our Faculty Director Prof. Pallab Paul at We look forward to seeing you on campus in the fall! 


Carolyn Coles,
Program Coordinator, International LLC
Pallab Paul, PhD
Faculty Director, International LLC
Professor, Daniels College of Business