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  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Non-Notre Dame applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: NDI Summer Program Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Class Level While Abroad: High School Student
Program Director: Amber Li Program Length: 2 weeks
Program Information:
Program Dates
Regular two-week program: July 14-28, 2018

Program Description 
Explore what is like to study physics in college or be a physicist! International Summer Physics Institute (iSPI) is a two-week introductory science program on the most cutting-edge science: particle physics. It is administered by the Department of Physics and the Notre Dame Quark Net Center. The program strengthens students’ existing knowledge of physics and supplements it with advanced knowledge to investigate questions in physics using particle physics data. For the experiments, students use real data from the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland.  They assemble and test detectors in the laboratory to study cosmic rays and draw raw data from their particle physics experiments. Students also visit the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) outside of Chicago.

iSPI Learning Objectives 
  • Gain an understanding of elements of the Standard Model and be able to explain physical phenomena on the smallest scales
  • Strengthen and use their pre-existing knowledge on physics, especially conservation laws, along with new knowledge they gain to investigate questions using real and current data
  • Solve problems by working in diverse teams and collaborating as particle physicists do everyday
In addition, iSPI participants benefit in
  • Enhancing their ability to think as scientists in relation to problems and data
  • Forming a network of colleagues and mentors in physics who share their excitement for science
  • Obtaining a glimpse of studies in the US in general and at the University of Notre Dame
  • Visiting and interacting with people at world-class physics facilities
  • Interacting with and learning from the students at Notre Dame
  • Improve their skills in science, English, and teamwork
Special Opportunities
  • Face-to-face Q&A sessions with Notre Dame’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Field trip to Chicago and nearby cities: Visits include Willis Tower, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Chicago Architectural River Cruise, Silver Beach/Lake Michigan, Michigan City Premium Outlets, etc.
  • Academic field trip lead by physics faculty to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
  • Extra-curricular activities: Olympics, talent show, color run, scavenger hunt, ice-skating, etc. 
  • Interaction with high school peers from all over the world 
  • Interaction and discussion with Notre Dame undergraduate students
  • Previous particle physics experience/knowledge not required
  • International high school students from all countries.
  • Must be 15-year-old when attending the program.
  • An outstanding academic transcript.
  • High level of English language proficiency: TOEFL iBT 80+ or IELTS 6+ preferred. Please note that TOEFL iBT and IELTS can be waived if the language of instruction of applicant's current school is English. Other forms of English proficiency considered. Skype interviews might be conducted.
  • Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.
Program Cost
$3,800 for the 2-week program and this includes
  • Tuition
  • Housing in an on-campus dormitory
  • 3 meals per day for the entire length of the program (meals during field trips also included)
  • Welcome dinner and closing reception
  • All program-sponsored activities
  • Medical insurance
  • Ground transportation for all program activities, trips, and airport pickup/drop-off at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Note: Visa application fees and a round-trip airplane ticket to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport are the applicant’s responsibility. The University of Notre Dame will issue program acceptance letters as required for visa applications. In addition, all students should bring money to cover personal expenses such as phone, shopping, etc.

Program Payment
After admitted, students and parents will be able to make the $500 deposit and the remaining amount online using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards. This is very safe and fast, operated by Notre Dame MarketPlace. A link will be provided to you. We also accept payment through international wire transfer. Related info on international wire transfer will also be provided after students are admitted.

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • December 15, 2017: Online application available
  • January 31, 2018: Rolling admissions begin 
  • April 30, 2018: Application deadline                
  • May 15, 2018: Final deadline for remaining program cost of $3,500 (Deadline for the $500 deposit is 2 weeks after your admission date)
  • July 14, 2018: Arrival to Chicago O'hare International Airport and then to the University of Notre Dame by program bus
  • July 28, 2018: Departure from the University of Ntore Dame to Chicago O'hare International Airport by program bus 
Application Materials
Prospective program participants will need to upload the following within the application questionnaire:
  • An official high school transcript
  • Copy of TOEFL iBT or IELTS results, or other English proficiency test result that can show the applicant’s English level. If English is the language of instruction at the applicant's current school, please skip this step.

Housing and Meals

  • Housing: Students will live in university dormitories with supervision. Two students will share a double bedroom. Program staff is available on-site 24 hours a day to assist students.
  • Meals: When on campus, program participants will use their campus ID cards to eat at an on-campus buffet-style dining hall for three meals a day. When off campus, NDI will organize group meals.

Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive the invitation letters required to apply for B-2 visas. Students are responsible for applying and paying for their visa.

Airfare and Air Travel Arrangements
Students are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of their air travel to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Notre Dame International will pick up and drop off students on the arrival and departure days ONLY.

  • For the arrival day on July 14, 2018, it is highly recommended that you purchase a flight that lands between 10:00am and 4:00pm. If the flight lands before 10:00 am, students might have to wait at the terminal until 10:00 am to meet NDI staff.  The latest pickup will be 6:30pm, so please DO NOT purchase flight landing after 6:30pm. If so, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the program.  If your flight has the Unaccompanied Minor Service, it has to land between 10:00am - 4:00pm at Chicago O'hare Airport.  
  • For the departure day on July 28, it is highly recommended that you purchase a flight that takes off after 12:00 pm. We will drop off students to the airport 3 hours before their departure time. If your flight has Unaccompanied Minor Service, it has to depart between 12:00pm - 3:00pm from Chicago O'hare Airport.       
Your cooperation on making these recommended flight arrangements will ensure our program logistics operate smoothly.

Status at Notre Dame
Students are registered as visiting non-degree seeking students at the University of Notre Dame.

Program Contacts
American Short-Term Programs 
Notre Dame International
Phone: +1-574-631-1138

This program is currently not accepting applications.