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iLED Program FAQs

1. Does attending iLED guarantee admission to the University of Notre Dame?

No. Attending the iLED summer program does not guarantee admission into the university.

2. Where will I be living while attending iLED. Will I have a roommate? Can I choose my own roommate?

All iLED students live in our undergraduate dorms during the program. Students will be randomly assigned to pair with fellow iLED participants as roommates. We do not accommodate requests of pairing friends as roommates because we want the students to involve themselves to the fullest by developing other friendships. The iLED program also assigns program staff to live in the same dorms with the students, providing 24/7 support for emergencies and other issues.

3. How do I eat while attending iLED?

During iLED, students are given meal plans to eat three meals a day at our on-campus, buffet style dining halls. The meal plan is included in the program fee. If the students do not want to eat at the dining halls for a meal, they may eat at the various on-campus restaurants and cafes with their own money. On some days, the program will also organize and provide group meals for all students, such as the welcome reception. Lunches and dinners during two day trips are often not included.

4. Do you provide airport pickup? What if my flight is delayed?

The iLED program provides a personalized airport pick-up service at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Admitted students will be requested to fill out airport pickup/dropoff forms with detailed information of their flights. On the arrival date, the program staff will track individual student’s flight status and pick up every student from their arrival terminal luggage carousel, and will wait if a student’s flight is delayed. The staff will be easily identifiable with Notre Dame clothing and signs. Pictures of the airport pickup staff will be sent to all students prior to arrival, along with detailed arrangement on dorm check-in and group dinner of the pickup/arrival day.

Please, note the following guidelines before flight purchase:

Students are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of their air travel to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Notre Dame International will pick up and drop off students on the program start/arrival and program end/departure days ONLY.

For the arrival day, it is highly recommended that you purchase a flight that lands between 10:00am and 4:00pm in order to avoid long waiting time at the airport for the student. For the departure day, it is highly recommended that you purchase a flight that departs after 12:00 pm.

If you use the Unaccompanied Minor Service for the flight, it has to land between 10:00am - 4:00pm at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and depart between 12:00pm - 3:00pm from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

5. Due to personal reasons, I have to arrive one day early or late, can the iLED program still pick me up?

If a student must arrive a day or two earlier or later than the program start date, please notify the program staff as early as possible. We will do our best to accommodate. However, due to strict university regulations on minors, additional charges for staff support, transportation, and housing (if arrive early) will incur. Please contact us (globalprograms@nd.edu) if you think you cannot arrive on the designated program start date.

6. Can I fly into the South Bend International Airport?

International flights are often cheaper to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). However, if you prefer to fly into the South Bend International Airport (SBN), the program staff will also pick you up there. Please contact us (globalprograms@nd.edu) if you decide to fly to South Bend.

7. What about airport drop-off?

On the departure day, all students taking international flights will be dropped off at least 3 hours before their flight departure time.

8. My parents/relatives will accompany me to Notre Dame campus and drop me off on the program start date. How can I meet the program staff in this case?

Designated program staff will be on campus to meet and welcome those students who are dropped off by parents or relatives. Detailed meet-up location and time will be sent to students prior to arrival.

9. I do not have a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo score, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply and the admission committee will conduct a phone interview with you to further assess your English ability. For those in grade 10 and above, your past grades in English courses will also be taken into consideration. English Proficiency requirement is waived if the language of instruction at your current high school is English.

10. I do not have an English transcript/marksheet, what should I do when applying?

If the student's transcript is in Portuguese, French, German, Chinese, and Spanish, no translation is needed. However, transcripts in other languages must be translated into English. If the student’s school does not provide an official English transcript, please email our program staff (globalprograms@nd.edu) to seek advice.

11. Is there an application fee for iLED?

There is no application fee for the iLED program.

12. How do I pay the iLED program fee?

The iLED program fee can be paid via credit card online in the application portal or via bank transfer. Once admitted, students will receive detailed instructions on making the payment.

13. How is the iLED program different from the Summer Scholars program offered by the Office of Pre-College Programs? Which one should I pick?

The iLED program is specifically designed for international high school students looking to visit and explore Notre Dame while taking courses in different fields from each of the university’s six colleges. iLED students also attend leadership seminars, ND student panel, cross-cultural and team building activities. International students have found this program to be particularly beneficial because iLED is made to foster cross-cultural competency and exchange. Our small program size cultivates intimate group dynamics and allows students to form profound friendships with international peers. Many of our past participants remain friends after the program and travel internationally to visit one another.

14. Can I have the program itinerary in advance?

The official program itinerary and class schedule will be sent to all participants before their arrival to campus. Hard copies will also be handed out at program orientation on Sunday. To get a general idea on how your iLED experience might unfold, feel free to review one of our past itineraries: 2019 iLED Program Itinerary. However, please note that each summer’s program is slightly different as we are constantly improving our curriculum based on previous students’ feedback. Adjustments might be made to previous year’s class schedule and extracurricular activities.

15. What should I pack?

Items to pack for your two weeks at ND:

  • Please bring your own pocket money (cash or credit card) for personal shopping and other needs.
  • Your room at Notre Dame will have sheets, a pillow, a pillow case, and a blanket. We request that you bring your own towels.
  • There is onsite laundry in each dorm with washing machines and dryers. Laundry allowance and individually packed laundry detergent pods will be provided.
  • Please bring toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, soap, slippers, travel size shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, and other personal toiletries items you may need.
  • Please bring a water bottle. There is filtered drinking water in every building.
  • Please bring the proper plug adaptor for charging your electronic devices.
  • If you prefer to use a hair dryer, please bring one with you. There is no hairdryer in the dorm.
  • It is often very hot in South Bend during iLED, so please bring your light summer clothes. However do bring a light jacket as some indoor space could be cold due to strong air-conditioning. The majority of the events will be OK with casual dressing.
  • Bring comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot on campus and during field trips.
  • We might be taking you to the Warren Dunes State Park, which is a beach located on Lake Michigan. Swimming is optional but if you want to get into the water, bring a swimsuit.
  • Laptop is not necessary but can be helpful for some group projects. The entire campus is covered by free Wi-Fi. We often also have mobile Wi-Fi on the buses during field trips.

16. Before my trip to Notre Dame, what else should I prepare for?

In the past, some students told us they wish they had more time to prepare for the iLED talent show. This could be a song, a dance, a gymnastic routine… you name it. We will also have a piano at the venue for the pianists. Everyone is welcome to make an individual performance, and many students will also deliver group performances with their iLED friends.

17. What if I have additional questions that are not answered here?

Please email our program staff at globalprograms@nd.edu, we are happy to answer any additional inquiries.