International Leadership, Enrichment and Development Program
iLED is a two-week curriculum taught by Notre Dame faculty with a focus on international leadership. It includes lectures by professors, hands-on learning, collaborative projects, business and community engagement, and many extracurricular activities.
Students take courses at the College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business, College of Arts and Letters, Keough School of Global Affairs, and the School of Architecture. The program offers the best exposure to life at Notre Dame and broadens students’ understanding and knowledge on the disciplines of science, engineering, business, social sciences, global affairs, innovation and entrepreneurship.
In addition to taking class with Notre Dame faculty, students also enjoy a wide range of extracurricular opportunities that include:
- face-to-face Q&A sessions with Notre Dame’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- field trip to Chicago and visit Chicago’s most iconic attractions
- evening events: talent show, color run, scavenger hunt, ice-skating, etc.
- interaction and discussion with Notre Dame undergraduate students
2021 Program Dates
Start/Arrival Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
End/Departure Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
$4,000, which covers the following:
- Housing in an on-campus dormitory
- Meal plan at the buffet style campus dining hall that covers 3 meals/day on campus (lunch and dinner during Chicago trip not included)
- Welcome dinner and closing reception
- All program-sponsored activities
- Medical insurance
- Ground transportation for all program activities, trips, and airport pickup/drop-off at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Every year, around 60% of iLED participants receive varying amounts scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000. The iLED program, together with our donors from around the globe, is dedicated to bring the most driven young global leaders to Notre Dame. The scholarships are merit-based and all applicants will be automatically considered. No separate application is required.
Words from our iLED Alums
“It literally changed my life in a way I wouldn't have thought of! Notre Dame gave me a great impression of America, universities and the people and professors there, it's completely different than in Germany! It is beautiful there and it would be a dream of me to study on ND” – Lion (Germany)
“I left Notre Dame a totally different person, a better one and I hope someday I can be back. I needed time to really realize that the best weeks of my life was over and I am back to my reality...” – Julia (Brazil)
“Thank you for the most amazing two weeks of my life! iLED was a great experience and I'm looking forward to applying to Notre Dame next year." – Shahan (India)
"Since I set foot on Chicago airport, I was really impressed for the personalized attention y'all gave us. It was evident that you all took the time to remember everyone's face and name. I think it's the only summer program I know that cares so much about the individuals who are participating, to the point, of receiving and leaving them in their exact airport terminals! This experience was the perfect example of how diversity creates unity, because really without one of us, this wouldn't have been the same. Being in touch with so many cultures was a life changing experience, and I'm thankful that I was able to share my first college experience with you all." – Mariana Escobar (Nicaragua)
Life as an iLED Student
What is it like attending classes, living on campus, taking field trips, and hanging out with fellow students in the iLED program? Learn more here.
Frequently Asked Questions by Students and Parents
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Additional Program Information
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