One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
ISSA offers a wide variety of services and programs to support international students in F-1 and J-1 status studying at the University of Notre Dame. You can reach advising and programming staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 631-1138, or meet with an advisor during walk-in hours Monday to Friday, 1-4pm at 105 Main Building.
ISSAlink is your tool for managing your international student record at ND. You will use it to request paperwork / services from ISSA and to monitor the status of those requests.
For information about maintaining your F-1 status and using your work authorization benefits (CPT, OPT, OPT STEM Extension), review our resource page for F-1 Students.
For information about maintaining your J-1 status and using Academic Training, review our resource page for J-1 Students.
International scholars should visit the J-1 Scholars page for immigration resources and information.
ISSA coordinates programs to help international students and their dependents learn more about American culture and participate in campus life. For more information about how to participate, please click below. Updates about monthly events, like World on Tap, Global Cafe and volunteering at Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, come through our weekly ISSA newsletter and are posted in ISSA Events.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes for International Spouses
- Family Friendship Program
- International Ambassador Program
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When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.