Frequently Asked Questions: Global Crossroads LLC

Do I have to live in PAR to be in Global Crossroads?

Yes, Global Crossroads is a residential program. All members of Global Crossroads live on the second and third floors of Saunders Hall in the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls located in the Urbana South Neighborhood.

What if I have a problem with registration or a question about something?

Contact us. We can usually help! You can even call us if you have a question while you are in the process of registering. The number is (217) 265-0534, and the e-mail address is globalcr@illinois.edu.

What will I get out of living in Global Crossroads?

The Global Crossroads living-learning community provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests in world cultures and current events, improve understanding of global perspectives, practice foreign language skills, and plan a future that might include international work or service.

What’s unique about Global Crossroads?

  • The Halls will remain open during University breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring) at no additional charge to Global Crossroads residents.
  • Special for-credit courses for residents of the community. Global issues, cross-cultural communications, international films, and foreign languages are some examples of possible courses.
  • Interaction with faculty and visitors interested in global issues.
  • Availability of international publications in the PAR library.
  • Lots of fun activities! Some of the past activities include a trip to Chicago, conversation with a photographer who spent time in Iraq, an earthquake relief presentation and benefit dinner, and a visit by Miss Jamaica Universe!

What is the Guest in Residence (GIR) program?

The GIR program invites guests with an international focus on careers, service, and learning to live in the residence halls for a period of time with the students. Our guests conduct programs, host discussions on their topic of expertise, and much more.

Will I have a chance to interact with faculty outside of the classroom?

YES! Sunday Series is an opportunity for Global Crossroads students to informally interact with Illinois’ illustrious faculty members about a variety of topics. Discussions are followed by dinner, always with an international flavor to the menu.

Anything else?

GC Coffee Hours and GC Café Internacionale. Coffee Hour is a time for students to talk about what’s on their minds, from politics to religion and entertainment. Café Internacionale is an opportunity to practice language skills with native speakers. Both events are hosted by your Resident Advisors and Multicultural Advocate.

How can I get involved in GC?

In many ways! You can join the GC Ambassador Program, which helps with hosting guests and visitors to GC. You can serve on one of the floor committees that your Resident Advisor has created. You can also apply to be an Orientation Leader for the following year to gain even more leadership skills.

About Global Crossroads Orientation

What is Orientation? Do I have to attend it?

The GC Orientation is a time for you to learn more about what GC can do for you and how you want to get involved. You will move in 2 days before everyone else. That gives you a head start on knowing the campus, PAR, and planning for the week of classes ahead. Yes, you need to register online. No, there is no additional cost.