International Students

A diverse campus community enlarges the community’s world view and enriches classroom interaction. Valuing the contributions international students make to the campus community, the University has instituted scholarships for international students.

Programs and services for international students include:

  • Noncredit Study in the English Language Institute
  • Orientation
  • Academic and Immigration Counseling

At the same time, the University actively recruits and hires faculty and staff with international experience and intercultural expertise.

How to Apply

International students follow the regular application procedures for their undergraduate or graduate programs.

In addition, international students are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Scores should be sent directly to Notre Dame by January for fall admission.

TOEFL Code = 5114

Information about visa services is available from the United States Department of State.

Important Notes

  • Students in the United States on an F1 Visa must take 9 credits a semester and be in school full-time. This may require the student to commute to Notre Dame’s satellite campuses in order to fulfill the requirement.
  • A bank statement of financials is required by the International Office for every International Student.
  • Translation services may be needed for transcripts of universities abroad. The University recommends using WES or CAREE for these services.

Additional Costs

Students must be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation:

  • Room and board for Winterim (if staying on campus)
  • Textbooks, estimated cost per semester $500

Plan ahead for these potential expenses:

  • Additional room and board for summer (if staying on campus)
  • Tuition, fees and books during summer session
  • Travel expenses from your home country to the U.S.
  • Travel expenses during vacation periods
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance
  • Long distance phone calls
  • Off-campus transportation
  • Other personal expenses