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.
Faculty and Staff
Advisor Recommendation Procedures
All Academic Advisor Recommendation forms are submitted to ISSA using ISSAlink. Once a student has completed a request form, you will receive an email from email@example.com with instructions for how to complete a recommendation. If you need assistance, please call 631-3825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISSAlink Services that Require Advisor Confirmation
Program Extensions Reduced Course Load Requests
Optional Practical Training Curricular Practical Training
Academic Training (J-1 only)
Inviting Visiting Researchers to Campus
Academic departments or faculty members may wish to invite students or scholars from abroad to conduct research or participate in an internship at the University outside of a Notre Dame degree program. Please see the categories below for more information:
Undergraduate Researchers and Interns
Departments and faculty members may invite undergraduate students to conduct research or intern at the University of Notre Dame. In most cases, undergraduate researchers will be issued documentation to enter the United States in either the J-1 Non-degree Student category or the J-1 Student Intern category. For more information, contact Lisa Shroyer at email@example.com.
Guest Researchers (Non-Student/Non-Faculty) and Post-Doctoral Scholars
An individual who has completed at least a bachelor’s degree in his or her home country and will not be classified as a student for University administrative purposes should most likely enter the country as a J-1 research visitor in partnership with the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars. For more information, visit the J-1 Scholars section of the ISSA website.
Seminars, Conferences and Workshops
Individuals who will travel to the University of Notre Dame for short periods of time (less than 90 days) to attend lectures, conferences or workshops may enter the United States using a B-1 Visitor Visa.
For immigration purposes, this category requires no formal documentation from the University of Notre Dame, although participants often carry letters issued by the initiating department that may provide a clear description of the purpose of their visit for officers at U.S. consulates and ports of entry.
Certain visitors to the University who will conduct their own independent research without supervision or oversight from Notre Dame faculty or staff members may also be eligible to use this category.
For questions or more information, please contact International Student & Scholar Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.