The entire iLED curriculum provides exposure to academic disciplines offered by each of Notre Dame’s six colleges and schools. All classes are taught by Notre Dame professors and are designed to cover one subject area per day, such as psychology, biological sciences, computer science and engineering, business, global affairs, economics, American studies, and architecture.
When taking classes in different academic fields with Notre Dame faculty, the iLED students have the opportunity to experience various state-of-the-art academic facilities on campus. Whether it be group work in the activity lab in the Stinson Remick Hall of Engineering, a presentation in the Geddes Hall auditorium, an interactive discussion in the iLab at the Jenkins Nanovic Hall, or a show at the Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science, iLED students will have the most unique, fun, and authentic collegiate learning experience during this summer program.
Notre Dame is known for its inclusive residential community and vibrant dorm culture. To truly experience what it is like to be a college student at Notre Dame, all iLED students will live in our undergraduate dorms (men’s halls & women’s halls) during the entire length of the program. Students will have roommates who are also iLED participants.
The designated iLED halls are often in close walking distance to all classroom buildings and dining halls. Each hall offers residents reading rooms, study spaces, lounges, communal bath and shower on every floor, and a variety of room configurations: singles, doubles and quads. Most halls have game rooms, vending machines, fitness, and laundry (with washing machines and dryers) at the lower level.
Each student’s room will have sheets, a pillow, a pillow case, and a blanket. We request that students bring their own towels. Laundry allowance and individually packed laundry pods/detergent will be provided. Other must-pack items include toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, soap, slippers, travel size shampoo and conditioner, and other personal toiletries items students may need. We also suggest students bring a water bottle. There is filtered drinking water in every building on campus. For the full packing list, please check the Frequently Asked Questions (link) page.
Notre Dame’s campus features two buffet-style dining halls, the North Dining Hall and the South Dining Hall, as well as many eateries and fast food restaurants such as Starbucks, Smashburger, Subway, and Taco Bell. iLED students will be given a meal plan that allows them to eat three meals a day at one of the dining halls. Meals at one of the eateries outside of the dining halls are out-of-pocket expenses, including lunches and dinners during field trips.
Activities and Events
iLED is not a typical summer camp where students are left with a great amount of free time outside of class with minimum organized activities. To help participants make the most of their time at Notre Dame, the program itinerary incorporates a wide range of extracurricular programming in the evenings and over the weekend. Every day during iLED is unique, fun, and fulfilling.
Traditional iLED events and activities include:
- Program orientation with campus tour, stadium tour, and team building
- Welcome and farewell reception/dinner
- Group ice-skating in the Compton Family Ice Arena
- Latin dance lesson
- Talent show in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
- Color run
- iLED Olympics
- Day trip to Chicago with visits to the Millennium Park, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Water Tower Place, Magnificent Mile, and the Navy Pier
- Day trip to Michigan City Premium Outlets and the Silver Beach at Lake Michigan
These events provide space for students to develop profound friendships with each other, facilitating great team dynamics and deeper cultural exchange. Many participants depart from iLED with new friends and unforgettable memories.
During their free time, iLED participants can use their Notre Dame student IDs to access various on-campus facilities such as the Hesburgh Library, Smith Center for Recreational Sports, Rolfs Aquatic Center, and more.
A series of leadership seminars is a key component of the transformational learning experience the iLED program offers. The seminars feature interactive discussions and lectures delivered by guest lecturers and faculty from the Notre Dame community. In the past, our leadership seminars covered inspiring topics such as ethical dilemmas in leadership, youth leadership, female leadership, servant leadership, and more. A variety of leadership activities and team projects are also incorporated into each seminar. In the end, the iLED students will be assigned into groups and deliver final presentations that reflect their learning outcomes.
Dialogue with Notre Dame Students
The iLED program is a great platform where high school participants can interact with current Notre Dame students. Every summer, a select number of Notre Dame undergraduate students are hired as program assistants and interns for the iLED program. This is an extraordinary group of passionate, responsible, and friendly Notre Dame students who help facilitate program activities, co-lead program outings, and care for iLED students in the dorms. They are happy to answer any questions about studying and living as a college student at Notre Dame. Besides daily interaction with the program interns, the iLED program also includes a panel discussion with a bigger group of Notre Dame students.
Health and Safety
Strict program rules and precautions are implemented to ensure the health and safety of all iLED participants, which is always a top priority of the University and the program staff. Each iLED participant is covered under Notre Dame student health insurance, which allows easy access to the on-campus clinic should they feel ill. The program staff will also accompany students to local hospitals and clinics under emergency circumstances.
All participants are also expected to observe the following program rules:
- Do not travel to any off campus locations without permission and company of program staff.
- Return to dorms before 11:00pm every night and check in with designated program interns.
- During day trips to Chicago or other locations, strictly follow the trip itineraries and do not separate from the group.
- Contact program staff when feeling sick, unsafe, or seeing suspicious activities.