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London Alumni Series: Usi Abugo realizes adventure is the best way to learn

Usiwoma Abugo ‘08 is probably the only oculoplastic surgeon who is instafamous. With nearly 17,000 followers, Abugo has had major success achieving her own career goals and helping others achieve theirs. Her time at the London Global Gateway allowed her to shift her focus, and instead of learning about medicine, she spent...
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How Notre Dame taught a scholar from India to smile

It was a picturesque morning in September following mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart when Pooja Ranade first realized that she was smiling. “It wasn’t a natural thing for me,” reflects Ranade. “But I remember feeling so calm and happy – I wanted to hold on to that...
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Living out a dream: Artistic immersion in London

In her application for the London Global Gateway, Rachel Mills’ described a daydream that she often had in South Bend. The fantasy scenario involved her exiting the tube station into Trafalgar Square, and walking the through crowds of buskers, commuters and tourists to reach her place of work: the National...
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Holi festival 2019: Blending culture with color

More than 200 students showed up in white shirts to participate in the Holi festival More than 500 pounds of vibrant color was thrown into the air as part of an ancient Indian spring festival. While students had a lot of fun splashing brilliantly colored dyes on each other, there’s...
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A community of layers: Discovering Notre Dame, in Rome

The Rome Global Gateway, one of five operated by Notre Dame International, focuses on providing students and scholars research opportunities, taking advantage of the unique combination of cultural, political, historical and religious layers that make Rome what it is today.…
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How a study abroad experience in Ireland led to innovative cancer research

Jenna Koenig’s first love was solving mysteries. She felt compelled to piece together leads and unravel complex puzzles. There was excitement behind the chase, as it ultimately led to discovery. This fascination was followed by her love of science and biology. It was only natural that Koenig was drawn to...
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Business in Brazil: How an international student created a platform to connect students to high-tech jobs

Brazilian native Laura Henares is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, currently studying international economics, German, and international development studies. This international student has already lived in the United States, South Africa and Germany, and believes a global perspective can only contribute to one’s intellectual and practical pursuits. Currently...
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Colombia beyond 'Narcos'

Ruiz and students enjoy the view overlooking Medellín. Jason Ruiz, associate professor of American Studies, won funding from Notre Dame International’s Insider Project for “Beyond Narcos: From the war on drugs to the coming peace." His project involved taking a group of students over fall break to two Colombian cities, where they studied several forms of...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Yue Yu

After working for three years as a senior associate in the merger and acquisition transaction services department for Deloitte Financial Advisory in China, Yue Yu decided it was time for a career change. She wanted to go somewhere outside her native country. Yu graduated in 2015 from Central University of...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Raphael Ng’etich

Raphael Ng’etich of Kenya has known that he wanted to study and teach law since he was in high school. As a law student at Strathmore University in Nairobi, he jumped at opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant for several professors. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant...
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From battle plans to lesson plans

In September 2018, 27 Master of Finance and Accounting graduates walked across the stage at Balkh University in Afghanistan In 2016, a $1.15 million grant funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was secured by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development…
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An international student’s perspective: Tackling my first American football season

Physics major Nicole Lee is a Greater China Scholar and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar.  Originally from Malaysia, she grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She intends on becoming a writer or journalist, using her platform to raise awareness on key issues around the globe to effect change. During her time at the University of...
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Building international exchanges with athletics in Chinese higher education

ND fencing coaches gave a series of clinics and camps in China In 2016, the University of Notre Dame entered into a partnership with the Federation of University Sports China (FUSC), the national organization for university sports in Beijing. This unique athletic collaboration has brought some of the biggest leaders...
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NDI protocol officer helps build international relationships

Originally published on NDWorks.  Catherine Wilson is a self-confessed etiquette geek. “I really do like the Emily Post thing,” she says. “When I was 5 years old, my mother signed me up for my very first etiquette classes — I’m from the South so it’s not as unusual as it...
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Notre Dame, international since the beginning

Since its inception, the University of Notre Dame has been a global school.  It was founded by a French priest and brothers in 1842 with money raised in Europe, and as soon as 1850 was enrolling international students.  In the decades that followed, more than 100 students would come to...
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Locked in for the night: A student shares her experience inside the Holy Sepulchre

Eva and two other students spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre for a night of prayer and refection Eva Napierkowski is a junior studying neuroscience at Notre Dame. Originally from Broomfield, Colorado, Eva traveled to Jerusalem last fall to experience the Holy Land through Notre Dame International’s study abroad...
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"A life-changing education:" Armando Sanchez reflects on his time in London

Sanchez in Trafalgar Square with a classmate Armando Sanchez participated in the London Undergraduate Program and the London Internship Program this semester. Sanchez is an AnBryce Scholar and is grateful for the opportunities education has afforded him. He writes about his time in London, how it gave him a more...
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A letter of thanks to Ireland

Khaoula Morchid is a Notre Dame alum (17’) and a former Naughton Fellow (18’) who completed her masters in Transport, Engineering, Policy and Planning at Trinty College Dublin. She is now working for AECOM in Dublin. Celebrating 20 years in Ireland this year, the Dublin Global Gateway invited Morchid to...
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The cinematic and literary representation of Italian postwar architecture

Alberto Lo Pinto is a Mellon Post-doctoral scholar in Italian Studies at the Rome Global Gateway through December 2018. Born and raised in Rome, Lo Pinto moved to South Bend, Indiana in 2010 to pursue a M.A. in Italian Studies. Lo Pinto then taught in three colleges in New York...
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A lullaby from cell 382

Commers Macartan and Sam X. Zhuang are two architecture students and musicians from the University of Notre Dame. Macartan plays the piano and Zhuang is a singer. While in Rome, they are attending the Textual Analysis Italian Course for Architects with professor Chiara Sbordoni. As part of the course, they...