For more than 50 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages.
Notre Dame is located in Notre Dame, Indiana, about 2 hours east of Chicago, Illinois. We recommend that students arrive on campus on Tuesday, August 15 to attend International Student Orientation, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16.
The closest regional airport to Notre Dame is the South Bend Airport (SBN); however, Chicago-O'Hare Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) are the closest international airports. We do not recommend flying into the Detroit or Indianapolis airports, as there is no direct public transportation to Notre Dame.
If you fly to Chicago, Coach Bus Lines operates a bus service from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) Airport or Chicago Midway (MDW) Airport to the University of Notre Dame. You may purchase your ticket on the bus or in advance at www.coachusa.com.
If you arrive at the South Bend Airport there are a variety of taxis waiting at the South Bend Airport that can drive you to campus for a fee, typically $20-30. If you arrive at the Coach USA Notre Dame Bus stop, you may request a ride from the Notre Dame Security Police for free to your on-campus residence. For instructions for using this service, click here.
For the average incoming freshman, leaving friends and family to go to college for the first time is often an overwhelming experience. But for international students, these nerves and uncertainties are amplified, as they must travel longer distances and face an entirely new culture and language.
That’s where the Notre Dame International Ambassadors step in.
The largest gathering of alumni, parents, students, and friends of Notre Dame in Asia came together this weekend in Beijing. Centered around Notre Dame International’s seventh Greater China Scholars Weekend, an annual event celebrating the top twenty high school applicants to Notre Dame from the greater China region, the Notre Dame community proved it is flourishing and excited about the future.