Even though there is still plenty of snow on the ground in South Bend, that doesn't mean that summer isn’t on its way. After the academic school year ends in May, campus floods with students of all ages participating in sports camps, academic programs, and more. If you are searching for something to enrich your pending summer days, read on to learn more about the various opportunities Notre Dame has to offer for motivated high school students.
Notre Dame Summer Scholars is an intensive 2-week academic program in which high school students can get a taste of college life. A variety of courses are available for any interest, including American Politics, Astronomy, Debate and Public Speaking, Film Production, Photography, Psychology, Entrepreneurship, and more! Each course is limited to only 20 students to increase the one-on-one time with student and professor. Just like college students, high school students will be expected to work outside of class time on their coursework. However, there will still be plenty of time to participate in other activities, such as community service and other social events. Additionally, students will learn firsthand the community established by living in a real Notre Dame residence hall.
Notre Dame Vision
Notre Dame Vision is another opportunity for high school students searching to enliven their spirituality. This weeklong program is led by 70 Notre Dame students and consists of a series of conferences and large group activities aimed to help students explore God’s call and how they can benefit others with their individual talents and gifts. Speakers from the university and beyond will share their stories and experiences in an attempt to motivate students to deepen their faith and trust in God. Throughout the week, students will be challenged in both large and small group settings of teenagers from across the nation in a welcoming community “committed to authentic prayer, good conversation, and real life issues.”
This program guides curious high school students through an exploration of various topics that affect the global community. Centered around discussion, this course invites students to share their viewpoints and respectfully listen to the perspectives of others. Unlike other Notre Dame summer programs, this 2-week long seminar only admits 100 students, and all costs (including transportation) are paid for by the university. Students will receive one college credit upon successful completion of the course.
Physics and Architecture Summer Programs
Separate from the Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars programs, both the Notre Dame Physics and Architecture Departments offer their own 2-week long courses for high school students. Each program is aimed to help high school students explore these unique majors by living on campus and completing assignments and projects similar to those of real Notre Dame undergraduates.
Study Abroad: Rome
Unlike the Notre Dame Pre-College Programs listed above, this course takes place in the Eternal City of Rome, Italy! Students interested in a variety of subjects, ranging from anthropology to art history and architecture are invited to apply to this 12-day long program. In between daily explorations of Rome, students will have the opportunity to take classes in Notre Dame’s very own campus, the Rome Global Gateway, located just steps from the Colosseum. This program is limited to only a select group of 18 students who have completed their junior year of high school. One college credit will be awarded to students who successfully complete the course.