Overview

You’ll never forget your summer with Notre Dame. It happens when you first set foot on campus, engage in intellectually stimulating classes, and throw yourself into nearly two centuries worth of academic, social, and spiritual tradition. It happens when you apply for our residential or summer abroad opportunities. 

As a Summer Scholar or a participant in the Notre Dame Leadership Seminars, you'll have access to the Grotto, the Golden Dome, the hallowed halls. Students live on campus with students from all over the world, engaging in dynamic social and service activities that supplement their rigorous academic work. Or if you go abroad with us to one of our Study Abroad programs. It could be the fascinating city of Rome, where you'll have access to the riches of the Eternal City. Or maybe picturesque Ireland, with it's bustling city of Dublin and the rolling hills of Connemara. You’ll spend a summer living, learning, and serving as a Notre Dame student. You’ll spend a summer preparing to lead a life for the greater good.

Summer Scholars
Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of twenty-two programs of study offered. Each class is limited to 20 students, keeping the classes small and the personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high.

The coursework is both rigorous and rewarding. Students will complete work for their track outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. Yet there is ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame. Our participants praise the program for its capacity to bring them out of their comfort zone with challenging academics, as well as inspire and excite them by providing a taste of what college life can be in all aspects. Students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of a program track.

Leadership Seminars
Notre Dame Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills.

Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars — including transportation to and from Notre Dame — will be paid for by the University. Approximately 100 students are admitted to Leadership Seminars each year, and students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program.

Study Abroad: Rome
This 12-day seminar will introduce students to the history and culture of the Eternal City, with a focus on the built environment. Notre Dame faculty in a range of fields, from art history and architecture to anthropology, will provide students with an immersive experience and guide students in their exploration of this fascinating city. Students will have the opportunity to visit many of Italy’s most revered cultural treasures and participate in rich cultural and intellectual exchange.

The newly renovated Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway on Via Ostilia, which is a stone’s throw from the Colosseum, will serve as the home for lectures and discussions, while the city itself, with its rich assortment of monuments, museums and densely-textured, storied neighborhoods will serve as the students’ true classroom. Students, along with Notre Dame Pre-College resident counselors and staff, will be the exclusive guests at a campus residence just a short walk from the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway and near Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome.

Students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program. The program is limited to 20 students who will be rising high school seniors by the time of the program.

Study Abroad: Ireland

Discover the rich history and culture of both bustling Dublin and bucolic Connemara, Ireland, with this 12-day seminar on the Emerald Isle. Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, students will embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape through what Notre Dame's O’Connell House calls "learning through the soles of your feet."

With seminars held at the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center in Dublin and the historic castle of Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Study Abroad: Ireland treats students to numerous sites of interest in both the east and west.

Students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program. The program is limited to 20 students who will be rising high school seniors by the time of the program.

Seminary Immersion
The Summer Seminary Immersion Program is a two-week academic course designed for high school men who are considering a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. The program will help young men deepen their own consideration of God's call through study of Sacred Scripture, the Catholic Tradition, and the experience of what it would be like to enter a college seminary program. Participants will live in Old College, the undergraduate seminary for the Congregation of Holy Cross. Their course work will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the priesthood. The daily schedule will include Mass, common prayer, and other community experiences.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in social and service activities with the students in the ND Summer Scholars Program.

Cost and Session Information

Study Abroad: Rome: Applications due January 28, 2019

Leadership Seminars: Applications due January 28, 2019

Summer Scholars: Applications due Febrauary 19, 2019

Seminary Immersion: Applications due February 25, 2019

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