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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 Research Program Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Class Level While Abroad: Undergraduate
Program Director: Amber Li Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips, Q & A Session w/Office of Graduate Admissions
Program Length: 6-8 Weeks
Program Information:
Program Description
The iSURE program provides opportunities for international undergraduate and Master's students to participate in engineering, science, and psychology research at the University of Notre Dame. Students will gain valuable hands-on research experience and exposure to broader areas of research. Students work closely with Notre Dame faculty and graduate students on a variety of ongoing research projects.
The iSURE program is open to all international students who are enrolled as undergraduate or Master's students in a university overseas. Notre Dame also works closely with the following partner universities in India, China and Mexico:
  • Fudan University (China)
  • Peking University (China)
  • Sichuan University (China)
  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • Zhejiang University (China)
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India) 
2018 Program Dates
  • India: Monday, May 21 – Saturday, July 14 (8 weeks) 
  • China: Thursday, July 5 – Thursday, August 30 (8 weeks)
  • Other: Sunday, June 3 - Saturday, July 28 (8 weeks)  
Chinese students who are able to leave school early are welcome to join iSURE from June 3 to July 28. 
Students not from one of the partner universities listed above may choose to come for any of the above time frames.

Research Projects 
Please find research projects for summer 2018 here

  • 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 may be conducted.
  • A CV detailing research experience and research interests
  • Exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments
Program Cost
$4,000 for the 8-week program, which covers the following:
  • Housing on campus for the entire length of the program
  • Partial meals on campus through Domer Dollars
  • Medical insurance 
  • Ground transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Opening and closing reception with participating faculty
  • Other program-sponsored activities
Note: Visa application fees and a round-trip airplane ticket 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 laundry, phone, shopping, activities outside of the classroom, etc.

NDI offers limited scholarships to outstanding students. All applicants will be evaluated. No separate scholarship application is needed.  
Application Process
Students from partner universities
If you are a student at one of the partner universities listed above, please contact your university before starting your application. Partner universities nominate students to participate in the iSURE program. Once you are nominated by your university, please complete the online application.
International students applying independently
If you are not from one of the partner universities listed above, please proceed to the online application. 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • January 31, 2018: Application deadline (Faculty will review the application AFTER this deadline. Applying later does not decrease your chance for admission.)     
  • February 28, 2018: Rolling decisions sent to applicants. (Rolling decision not rolling admission, meaning if faculty decides on their candidates earlier, we will send our admission letters earlier. If faculty takes more time to review, students will get decision at a later time.)       
  • March 31, 2018: Confirmation deadline with a non-refundable $500 USD deposit
  • April 8, 2018: Visa documents issued and mailed to admitted students by the University of Notre Dame
  • April 29, 2018: Payment of remaining program cost due
 Students are expected to arrive on the program start date and leave upon the completion of their research time on campus.

Note: Upon being admitted to the iSURE program, you will be assigned to your faculty mentors at the University of Notre Dame. Students will be notified when they can start conversation with their faculty mentors.

Program Payment
After admitted, students and parents will be able to make the $500 deposit and the remaining balance online using Visa, Master, or Discover credit cards through Notre Dame Marketplace. A link for Marketplace will be provided to you. We also accept payment through international wire transfer. Related info on international wire transfer will be provided after students are admitted.
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: Program participants will receive a meal allowance in Domer Dollar to eat at all campus restaurants, cafeterias, and coffee shops.
Upon acceptance into the program, the University of Notre Dame’s International Student and Scholar Affairs office will issue the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility required to apply for an F-1 student visa. Students are responsible for paying for the visa application fees.

Airfare and Air Travel Arrangements
Program participants are responsible for arranging their flights to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The University of Notre Dame will provide ground transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport on arrival and departure dates.

Status at Notre Dame
Participants are registered as non-credit  undergraduate research assistants.

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


This program is currently not accepting applications.