Students can choose from a robust range of options throughout Asia to study abroad during the summer, including:
The University of Notre Dame's China Summer Language Program in Beijing is an intensive language program with a rigorous study schedule that allows students to complete a full year Chinese study in eight weeks. In addition to lectures, drills and individual sessions, students will also spend three to four hours on Chinese study by themselves every day. This program, based at Peking University, allows Notre Dame language instructors to partner with those at Peking University and other institutes.
Southern University of Science and Technology
The China Summer Engineering Program at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), located in Shenzhen, China, offers University of Notre Dame students from the College of Engineering an opportunity to apply their engineering skills on a corporate-sponsored design project alongside students from SUSTech in China. While it is an Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering program, it is open to a limited number of non-AME students.
Participants of the China Summer Engineering Program will work together with SUSTech students in international teams to work on engineering projects. Past project sponsors have included General Electric, Timken, or other companies. This is a seven-week program for which participating Notre Dame students will receive six credits, equivalent to two courses at the University of Notre Dame. Participants will reside at SUSTech for the duration of the program. Successful project completion will require effective global and cross-cultural collaboration, providing participants a unique opportunity to develop their international teamwork skills.
Global Professional Experience
Notre Dame International offers undergraduate students an international experiential learning opportunity to experience firsthand within an immersive environment how businesses and organizations operate in selected locations throughout the world. The Global Professional Experience Program places students with selected global and local companies and organizations in Asia (e.g., Beijing, Hong Kong & New Delhi), Europe (e.g., Athens), and Latin America (e.g., São Paulo).
This seven-week program includes three main components:
- A one-credit course offers an exploration of historic, social, and economic dimensions related to each of the program’s regions, in addition to providing a forum to reflect upon new international perspectives, inter-cultural knowledge, collaborative skills, integrative competencies, and career discernment.
- A one-week on-site orientation provided by the Notre Dame Global Gateways, Global Centers, and selected service providers. The on-site orientation helps students better understand the local cultures and includes cultural excursions and basic language training.
- A six-week placement within a business or organization that will provide students with professional experiences related to their academic and professional interests. Host businesses and organizations include media, startups, technology, healthcare, finance, NGOs, and think tanks, among other sectors.
Guizhou Service Learning Program
The Guizhou Service Learning Program has brought more than ten students to China’s south-west province of Guizhou to experience and engage issues related to sustainable development, cultural preservation, and ethnicity. The students partner with a local non-governmental organization that aims to promote economic growth while preserving the local heritage among different ethnic minorities in the region.