Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not see the answer to your question below, please contact:

Margo M. Cunniffe

Director for International Education
mcunniffe@ndm.edu
410-532-5561
Feeley International Center, 016A

Who can study abroad?

Anybody can, everybody should! Any Notre Dame student of sophomore status (minimum 30 credits) who has declared her major and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (some programs require a 3.0).

When can I study abroad?

Anytime of year! Undergraduate students may study abroad during their sophomore or junior year, or during the first semester of their senior year. Graduate students are welcome to participate in short-term faculty led programs.

What types of programs are available?

All kinds! Academic Programs (one to four weeks, semesters, summers, or year-long); as well as Work Abroad, Teach Abroad and Volunteer Abroad Programs.

How can I finance study abroad?

Students who choose semester-long programs pay Notre Dame tuition, room and board and may apply all of their federal, state and institutional financial aid to Notre Dame-sponsored programs abroad. Eligible students may qualify for tuition aid for short-term academic programs abroad. Some additional financial aid is available to qualified students. There are also scholarship opportunities.

Will I receive academic credit for the courses I take abroad?

Students work with their academic advisors and the director for international education to select study abroad courses that can be used to fulfill graduation requirements at Notre Dame. In Notre Dame-sponsored programs, all credits are actual Notre Dame academic credits. Where possible, study abroad courses may be used to fulfill requirements in the major and general education. Credits completed as part of non-Notre Dame programs may transfer back to Notre Dame.

Can I study abroad and still complete my degree in a timely fashion?

The key is to plan ahead; with enough preparation and help from your academic and study abroad advisors, you will be able to stay on track for timely completion of your degree.

But what if my major doesn't seem really "international"?

Every major is international!  Your undergraduate experience prepares you to gain an understanding of others in a culturally diverse world, and study abroad is the perfect tool. Life-enriching experiences like study abroad make students stand out as risk-takers and as people who are interested in taking their learning and communication skills one step further.

What about my language skills?

No experience sharpens skills in a foreign language more than living abroad. Programs are, however, offered in various English-speaking countries and most programs in non-English-speaking countries offer classes taught in English.

Who will help me plan?

Study abroad literature and catalogs are available in FIC026 and around campus. Stop by FIC016A to talk with the director for international education about your study abroad plans.

Where can I go?

Notre Dame has programs across the globe through direct exchange agreements with other universities and study abroad program providers.  

What can I study?

A diverse portfolio of courses are offered through study abroad program providers and our university exchange partners.