Hong Zhu

Associate Director, Study Abroad


My role: I oversee study abroad programs in Greece (Athens), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong), England (Norwich, Twickenham), Scotland (St. Andrews), and the following summer programs: China Business and Culture, China Summer Language, China Summer Engineering, and Greece Summer.

Why I find my work important: A global perspective and understanding is essential to Notre Dame’s mission to cultivate students’ mind and spirit. When students have the knowledge of other world regions and cultures, are familiar with international and global issues, and have the competence to communicate in cross-cultural environments, we have prepared them to become engaged participants and future global leaders in an interconnected world. That’s what international education does: it changes perspectives, it debunks stereotypes, it changes lives and produces global citizens.

Professional background: International education has always been at the heart of my career. Prior to joining NDI as a study abroad program manager, I was an international student advisor with the immigration services office at Notre Dame, working with international students from all over the world. Prior to that, I taught English, Chinese, English as a Second Language (ESL) and education for six years at different local universities. I also worked as director of The Language Company–South Bend English Institute for nine years.

I have an Ed.D. and M.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in English from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

My favorite place: From the Loire Valley in France to the Acropolis of Athens, from the Shinto shrines in Kyoto to the night markets of Taiwan, and from the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong to the Garden City of Singapore, each place has each own uniqueness and beauty. And yet, no matter how far I have travelled and how many places I have visited, Beijing always stands out on its own, not just because of its opulent palaces, temples, and gardens, its rich history, its magnificent Great Wall, and the Tiananmen Square, but because of my roots that are forever connected to it.

About me: Seeing the transformative experiences from students through study abroad brings me the greatest satisfaction; watching a game of tennis is my favorite pastime; and holding a book while curled up in a comfy chair is my ultimate relaxation!

Email Hong +1 574 631 3229 • 105 Main Building