Getting Started

STEP 1: Where and when do you want to go abroad?
  • Refer to our location pages for information on classes, language, housing, and program prerequisites.
  • Complete our "Which Program is Right for Me?" questionnaire to better understand the many different aspects of choosing a study abroad program.
  • Talk to returnee students about their experience abroad
  • Apply to more than one program—all programs have a limited number of spots and some programs are more competitive than others
STEP 2: Make an informed decision!
  • Make a four-year plan that includes a semester abroad.
  • A strong application reflects knowledge of the program and specific examples of why it is a good match (academically, culturally, personally) for the student.
  • Consult with your academic/major advisor to determine how courses taken abroad will fit into your ND curriculum.
  • Stop by our offices in the Main Building to talk to our program directors.
  • Meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss financing options.
  • Attend information sessions in the fall semester
STEP 3: Pl​an your courses both here at ND and abroad.
Arts and Letters Majors
  • Please meet with your departmental advisors and then a dean in 104 O’Shaughnessy Hall before the A&L determined deadline for application approval. You must secure an appointment with the Dean's Office by calling 574.631.7098. Information concerning the procedure can be found at the following link:
PreProfessional Majors
  • If you are thinking of applying to medical school or any of the allied health professions, please check the study abroad section of the ND PreProfessional Home Page at the following link:
Mendoza College of Business Majors
  • Please check the study abroad instructions on the MCOB site for an outline of the procedure to follow in completing a 4 year plan of study and obtaining academic approvals at the following link: General Information: Undergraduate Advising.

Note:  Most Colleges set a deadline date for granting approvals.

STEP 4: Read the instructions for applying
  • Once you have decided on the program(s) that is right for you, proceed to the INSTRUCTIONS for applying to an International Study Program. There are multiple parts to an International Studies application -- all of which must be submitted before the Selection Committee can evaluate a candidate's application.
STEP 5: Submit the applications by November 15!
  • Students must submit the application form and parental consent form by midnight on November 15. Students must also submit a rector reference, two academic references, departmental approvals and college approvals by the end of the semester. Freshman approvals are submitted by FYS at a later date. Some programs have special application instructions. 
  • ALL fall, spring, and year-long program applications for 2013–2014 are due no later than November 15.


Students interested in studying abroad through Saint Mary’s College International Programs should first review the Policy on Notre Dame Students Attending Saint Mary’s College International Programs.

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