The Program The Petition Program is designed to meet the unique academic or curricular needs of an individual student who cannot find an existing Notre Dame program that meets those needs. It is tailored to the independent and mature student who is willing to research to find a program that best meets his or her individual needs while still maintaining the rigor and quality of study to meet the standards of Notre Dame.
The Petition Program is a Notre Dame Study Abroad program. It may require more research and individual effort by the applicant, but it is a study program with a variety of possibilities. The petition application must be completed and various approvals will be needed before the petition is approved. Students accepted in the Petition Program continue to be enrolled as Notre Dame students during the study period abroad. Just as in all other study abroad programs, courses and credits are listed on the ND transcript and grades earned are calculated into the student GPA. Students are expected to carry a full course load of 15 credits. Students continue to pay regular ND tuition, room and board, and a $750 study abroad fee. All study abroad students receive GeoBlue worldwide insurance during the duration of study abroad.
DO NOT apply to your host program or institution until your petition has been approved.
Petition Process: (stepsto be followed sequentially)
Schedule a meetingwith the program director, David Younger. At this meeting you will discuss the program/topic/discipline for which you are petitioning as well as help to establish whether your compelling academic needs can be addressed within existing ND programs.
Complete the on-line Study Abroad Petition Program application questionnaire and submit through the Study Abroad Application system. This must be done as soon as possible to allow time for the review and decision process. (Complete only the Recommendations portion of the application process at this time. Do not request Approvals yet.)
Your application will be preliminarily reviewed by the petition committee. If the decision is favorable, you will then be instructed to complete the Approvals portion of your Study Abroad Petition Program application.
Students interested in applying for a petition program should:
Possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Students who are self-starters, independent, and responsible are better suited for these programs.
Understand that these programs will typically not include any other Notre Dame students but will often include students from other American universities as well as other national and international students.
Understand that they will undertake additional work to complete a lengthy Notre Dame study abroad application, hold additional meetings with college advisors, and complete course approvals on campus prior to departure for the program.
Understand that they will be responsible for submitting a secondary application to the program listed in the petition as well as all of the other administrative details related to the program.
Business Students: If you are anticipating taking business courses to count towards your major, Mendoza requires them to be taken at an AACSB accredited school.
Petitions will be judged upon the following criteria by the Petition Committee:
Has the student put together a full, complete petition incorporating all the required items on the application?
Is the program is fundamentally sound—does it appear to have enough academic rigor to warrant ND credit?
Does the student have the necessary background to succeed in the program?
Is the safety of the student is going to be in jeopardy by attending the petition program in question? (See the U.S. Department of State's listing of Travel Alert and Travel Warning locations.)
Is the program the student is petitioning for is an intensive language experience?
Is the program in a location where Notre Dame already offers a program?
Is the petition program is the first choice of the student? (Students can rank the petition alongside their other applications.)
More information on Petition Programs: You may choose to direct enroll in a foreign university or work through another school or provider. Below are some quality options; however, please keep in mind the criteria above. CIEE(Variety of program offerings) SIT(Programs have independent study projects)
Passports If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.