Arts & Letters has everything you need to prepare for success — no matter where you chart your course.

College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world, learn more about it, and build skills and experiences that can send you anywhere after graduation. 

No matter which languages and cultures you choose to study during your time at Notre Dame, by coming to South Bend, you’re unlocking a world of possibilities.

  • 15+ different languages to study
  • Dozens of study abroad locations around the world — including at Notre Dame’s six Global Gateways
  • More than 70% of Arts & Letters study abroad
  • Language and culture classes that sharpen your critical thinking, writing, speaking, and collaboration skills.
  • Majors, minors, and special programs that broaden your understanding of the world.
  • Grants that fund your international research or internship.

Learning Languages

The College of Arts and Letters now offers instruction in 18 languages:

“In my friend group in Korea during my Summer Language Abroad, there were people from Australia, from Turkey, from London, and China — you got to learn so much about the world. After going to Korea, I realized that I really wanted to gain proficiency in the language, and I knew I would have to go back to Korea to do that.”

— Sydney Porter ’20, political science and FTT major
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, South Korea

Show the world what you know.

The Globally Engaged Citizens program rewards learning and experiences students are already engaging in and encourages them to go further with their study of foreign languages and intercultural topics.

There is room in any Notre Dame student’s schedule to become a GEC — all that’s required is two courses, participation in a range of intercultural experiences, and completion of an easy-to-make ePortfolio.

This designation will stand out on your resume and LinkedIn profile, and show that you spent your time at Notre Dame expanding your mind and building valuable skills by engaging with the world.

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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.


Notre Dame Alumnus John Phillips ’66: U.S. Ambassador to Italy

Notre Dame Alumna Mallory Brown ’06: Principal, Egon Zehnder, Berlin

Notre Dame Alumna Elizabeth Simari ’08 Turns Passion for Italy into Career Abroad