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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: ND Conducted Program Recommended GPA: 3.7
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: No
Minimum Credit Load: 16 credit program Program Director: Brigitta Richmond
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips, Independent Research, Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:

The Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar is a special opportunity for motivated Arts & Letters students who value the opportunity to undertake independent research during and immediately following their junior year that would ideally lead to a senior thesis project during senior year and/or subsequent development of post-graduate research.

The program is based at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, which is located in Fischer Hall right on Trafalgar Square, one of the most important and recognizable sites in London. The facility serves as a hub supporting the academic, educational, and cultural mission of the University by hosting and organizing a rich variety of education abroad opportunities for students. In many ways, the Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar program is a facet of the larger London Undergraduate Program (LUP); Kennedy Scholars students will live, study, and work alongside their LUP peers. However, Kennedy Scholars students will participate in a semester-long, 3-credit research seminar course.

An application to the Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar program is also considered an application to the London program. If a student is not selected for Kennedy Scholars, they will still be considered for the London Undergraduate Program.

Program Dates*

Fall Semester:  Mid-August through early December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through early May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
Students admitted to the Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar program will participate in a small seminar course in which they will examine research methodologies, visit prominent centers of research and culture in London (such as the British Museum, the Wellcome Trust, and the British Film Institute), and ultimately prepare individual prospectuses for their senior projects. This prospectus can then be used to seek advisor and departmental approval and obtain further research travel grants, especially the Kennedy UROP grant.

Kennedy Scholars students are subject to the same credit requirements as LUP students. Students are required to take 16 credits. Required classes include:
  1. “Inside London:” An intensive required three-week, 1-credit core course designed to immerse students, intellectually and materially, in London as a great global city—past and present.
  2. Kennedy Scholars seminar: meets once a week and includes numerous field trips and research opportunities.
  3. Four other courses in areas such as Fine Arts, Social Science, History, Literature, Political Science, Theology, Philosophy, and more. These classes are taken as part of the London Undergraduate Program. For a list of the courses that have been offered in the past at the London Global Gateway, please visit the Courses Abroad database.
Students in the College of Arts & Letters only are eligible to participate in the Kennedy Scholars during their junior year. A minimum GPA of 3.7 is required.
Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.

Additional Application Requirements
  • A 500-word essay submitted by the student describing the research topic to be explored in London.
  • A reference from a faculty member indicating their commitment to supervise the project to be explored by the student in London is strongly preferred.
Special Opportunities
Students can undertake co-curricular activities for academic credit while they are in London to deepen their experience of British culture, expand their intellectual horizons, and develop their career prospects. Such activities may include:
Internships are an important means by which students meaningful integrate themselves into British society while they are in the LUP. Internships teach students how to acquire knowledge through work experience, apply theoretical concepts in practical situations, and gain self-knowledge regarding personal skills and career ambitions. Internships are also an important way in which students can enhance their resumes. The internship program is constantly expanding.

Community-Based Learning
London students have the opportunity to take a community-based course called “Developmental Disabilities: Integrating Theory and Practice.&rdquo The course is based at Drumbeat School, a school for young pupils with severe learning disabilities. Each week, students spend time with pupils and professionals in classrooms. Students also have opportunities to meet with parents and families of young people with disabilities.

Summer/Senior Year Research
Kennedy Scholars students will be eligible to apply for various research grants to begin or continue their research in the summer following their semester in London or early in their senior year. In particular, these students will be extremely qualified for a prestigious Kennedy UROP grant.

The program will cover all costs, including travel, for the Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar course.

Housing and Meals
  • Students live in self-contained flats in a secure building—Conway Hall—which is located near the South Bank in central London.
  • Each flat has a fully equipped kitchen. Students may cook for themselves or take advantage of London's diverse dining options.
  • British scholars, artists, and writers whose work is internationally recognized teach most courses. Many hold faculty positions at major British universities.
  • Others, especially members of Notre Dame’s fine arts faculty, are noted experts in their field, working as composers, critics, and curators in their respective disciplines.
  • Additionally, one or two Notre Dame professors come from the home campus each semester to teach in the LUP.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.