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.
In addition to following the steps listed in ISSA’s Pre-Arival Materials, please make sure to complete the pre-arrival and arrival steps listed in your acceptance packet from the University of Notre Dame. Here is a summary of some of those steps:
Preparing for Life at Notre Dame
Access InsideND Website
With your NetID and password, you will be able to access InsideND, which is where you will find class schedules, student account information, financial aid information, links to housing applications, etc.
You will receive an email from the Office of Student Accounts with instructions on how to log into IRISHPAY to view your statement. The University has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide a convenient, economical, and efficient wire transfer process for international students. The details of the Western Union Bank to Bank Transfer process, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), are outlined in the International Student Accounts Payments section of the Office of Student Accounts' website. For questions regarding paying your statement, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic GuidanceContact your academic department directly for information about selecting courses, departmental orientations, and exams, etc.
- Graduate Students: You will be assigned an advisor through your academic department.
- Undergraduate students: You will be assigned an advisor in the First-Year of Studies Department during Freshman Orientation.
Student Identification (ID) Card/Meal Plans/Domer DollarsYou may sign up for your student identification (ID) card and meal plans, and apply for Domer Dollars, a system of electronic funds attached to your ID card for on-campus purchases, in the Campus Card Office, located in Grace Hall (574-631-7814). Please write down your University student ID number (or “ndID” number) to present to the Campus Card staff. There will be an opportunity to get your ID card during International Student Orientation.
Class RegistrationRemember that before you will be allowed to enroll and register for classes on the InsideND site, you must register your immigration documents with ISSA in 105 Main Building and complete the health history and tuberculosis (TB) screening. If you still have questions after attending International Student Orientation, please refer to the Registrar’s website for information about how to enroll and register for classes.
HousingYou may apply for on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and married housing at the Office of Housing’s website. For off-campus housing information, please visit the Housing page.
The following financial services are available on campus:
First Source Bank: Full-service bank located in the basement of the LaFortune Student Center. New international students may open an account online at https://www.1stsource.com/
- Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs): http://treasury.nd.edu/cash-management/campus-banking-atm-locations/
The following banks and credit unions have branches within one mile of campus:
For obtaining other on-campus and off-campus services, please refer to the International Student & Scholar Handbook (PDF).
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.