International Summer Physics Institute


Program Dates: July 14 - July 28, 2018

International Summer Physics Institute (iSPI) is a two-week intensive science program on the most intense and cutting-edge science: particle physics. The program strengthens students’ existing knowledge of physics and supplements it with advanced knowledge to investigate questions in physics using particle physics data. For the experiments, students use real data from the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland. They assemble and test detectors in the laboratory to study cosmic rays and draw raw data from their particle physics experiments. Students also visit the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) outside of Chicago.

FermiLab Flyer 2017

In addition, students will have a chance to meet with representatives from Notre Dame’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A day trip to Chicago and numerous other fun activities enrich student experience.

College Application Boot Camp with TOEFL/SAT/ACT Course: July 29 - August 5, 2018

Students can participate in the optional third week course that helps them navigate their college application. Course on college application essay writing, school selection strategy, and SAT/ACT/TOEFL will be included. NDI will make transportation arrangements for students who wish to take the TOEFL exam on Friday or Saturday at the nearby testing center.

Eligibility Requirements

  • International high school students from all countries.
  • Must be 15-year-old when attending the program.
  • An outstanding academic transcript.
  • High level of English language proficiency: TOEFL iBT 80+ or IELTS 6+ preferred. Please note that TOEFL iBT and IELTS can be waived if the language of instruction of applicant's current school is English. Other forms of English proficiency considered. Skype interviews might be conducted.
  • Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.

Special Opportunities

  • Face-to-face Q&A sessions with Notre Dame’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Field trip to Chicago and nearby cities: Visits include Willis Tower, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Chicago Architectural River Cruise, Silver Beach/Lake Michigan, Michigan City Premium Outlets, etc.
  • Academic field trip lead by physics faculty to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
  • Extra-curricular activities: Olympics, talent show, color run, scavenger hunt, ice-skating, etc. 
  • Interaction with high school peers from all over the world. 
  • Interaction and discussion with Notre Dame undergraduate students

Program Cost

  • $4000 for regular two-week program
  • $6000 for regular two weeks + College Application Boot Camp

Costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Housing in an on-campus dormitory
  • Three meals per day for the entire length of the programs (meals during field trips also included)
  • Welcome dinner and closing reception
  • All program-sponsored activities
  • Medical insurance
  • Ground transportation for all program activities, trips, and airport pickup/drop-off at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Once you click Learn More/Apply below, you will be asked to create an account. A password reset email will then be sent to you. Always click Non-ND NetID & Password Login. When you are in the application page, choose Questionnaire to start your application. 

Please email ASP Program Coordinator Lisa Shroyer at for questions regarding the application process. 

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Contact Information

Amber Li
Academic Program Director, American Short-Term Programs
Notre Dame International
Phone: +1.574.631.5527
Lisa Shroyer
Program Coordinator, American Short-Term Programs 
Notre Dame International
Phone: +1.574.631.7251