The World is Your Classroom

You’re in a discussion seminar mere steps away from the Colosseum in Rome or London’s bustling Trafalgar Square. Or maybe you’re studying the rich history of Jerusalem while living in the modern city. Perhaps you’re improving your language skills while interning at a news outlet in Beijing. Or you’re touring 8th-century Celtic artifacts at Trinity College in Dublin before seeing experimental theatre with your professor and classmates.

“Our campus is in South Bend, Indiana; our classroom is the world.”

—Notre Dame President Emeritus Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.

Through Notre Dame’s unique network of Global Gateways, you can live and learn in major global cities. The academic and intellectual hubs allow scholars, students, and leaders from universities, government, business, and community to gather and discuss, discover, and debate issues of topical and enduring relevance.

And Notre Dame’s study abroad programs take students to more than three dozen locations, from Dakar and Berlin to Santiago and Hong Kong. About 70 percent of Arts and Letters majors spend a semester or a summer abroad studying or conducting research, learning to see the world in new ways.

Learning Languages

The College of Arts and Letters now offers instruction in 20 languages:

Preparation for Life

For some Notre Dame students, their experiences abroad open up a world of opportunities back home. For others, it opens doors to international educational and professional pursuits they never previously considered.

Notre Dame—especially the College of Arts and Letters—is a top producer of Fulbright grant recipients, annually placing many students in the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement offers many resources for students to pursue research and creative endeavors during their time at Notre Dame. It also encourages and facilitates students’ applications for nationally competitive fellowships—including successfully helping several recent graduates become Rhodes Scholars.

The power of Notre Dame alumni network extends around the globe, with more than 270 clubs across the U.S. and in 50 international cities.


Marie Kissel ’83 — Global Affairs VP, Abbott Laboratories, Tokyo

Col. Tim Brooks ’90 — U.S. Army, Seoul, South Korea

Bill Kennedy ’90 — Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments, London

Students Around the World