Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hesburgh International Scholars Experience (HISE)?

HISE is a chance for high school seniors from Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe to visit Notre Dame and see what the University is like. Participants will meet other potential Notre Dame students and create friendships while experiencing life as a Notre Dame student. The program covers five days and is full of planned activities and presentations to answer any questions you may have about the University. 

How many students take part in HISE?

There are generally between 70 and 90 students attending HISE.

Is HISE a scholarship program?

HISE is an all-expense paid campus visit, not a scholarship program. Invitations to HISE are made independently of any financial aid or merit scholarship selection. 

Is HISE an honors program?

HISE is not an honors program, but many participants build relationships that carry over their years at Notre Dame. These relationships result in a strong community of support and camaraderie while on campus.

Is there any parent programming during HISE?

There is no formal programming for parents during HISE, but parents are welcome to attend the programming for Admitted Student Days, which occurs at the same time as HISE. More information can be found on our website.  

I was also invited to the Science or Engineering Open House and Admitted Student Days. Should I attend those programs or HISE?

Students are welcome to attend one of the Open Houses or Admitted Student Days and HISE if they wish. However, it should be noted that information covered during the Open House/Admitted Student Days is also covered during HISE. Also, HISE incorporates more campus and community opportunities than the other programs do. 

I cannot attend HISE. What are my other visit options?

If you cannot attend HISE, please review other campus visit opportunities on our website, including Admitted Student Days and College Open Houses. Please feel free to contact us to discuss these options should you have any questions.

What is the HISE Directory?

The HISE Directory is a publication that includes photos of HISE participants. This publication is only distributed to the HISE committee and the HISE participants. 

Please note that Notre Dame student hosts are given participants' cell phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate meeting and special packing suggestions. 

How is my travel arranged?

Anthony Travel will soon be sending HISE participants a potential flight itinerary which they will need to approve before we purchase your flight. 

Keep in mind that the plane tickets purchased for the visit program are non-refundable. In the event that students are not able to attend HISE, we may ask them to reimburse the University for the cost of the plane ticket. This will then grant a flight voucher to use over the course of the next year.

What happens after I arrive at the airport?

Whether flying into Chicago or South Bend, members of the HISE committee will be present at the airport to welcome all travelers. We will arrange for a bus to transport participants to campus upon arrival and back to the airport for departure. 

With whom will I stay during HISE?

HISE participants will be staying in a residence hall with a Notre Dame student during their visit. Student host contact information will be shared with participants just prior to arrival on campus. The student host will contact participants as well before the visit to introduce themselves. HISE students should be aware of the host's name, email, cell phone number, and dorm room number. This information might be needed when going through immigration or customs. 

For security reasons, all residence halls are locked 24 hours. Participants will be given temporary key card access during the program.

What should I bring?

The visit program lasts 5 days, so pack accordingly. Do not over pack. Be sure to leave extra space in your luggage as students will be accumulating more items during the trip. A winter jacket and layers is necessary to pack. Weather can change quite quickly at Notre Dame so you need to be prepared for anything (rain, snow, or sunshine!)

The dress is casual for most of the week activities. You will be doing quite a bit of walking around campus so make sure you dress warm and comfortably! The Closing Gala on Tuesday evening is the only dressy activity. 

Other Packing Tips:

  • Heavy coat
  • Hat and gloves
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shower shoes
  • Shampoo/toiletries/towel
  • Travel umbrella
  • Socks for ice skating
  • Athletic clothing if you want to play sports or go to the gym
  • Formal clothing for Closing Gala (shirt and tie for gentlemen and a nice dress for the girls)
  • Make sure to save room for things you might buy while here

Do I need to bring any money with me?

All meals, programming, and special event tickets are provided by the University during HISE. The only money you will need to bring will be for meal purchases at the airport if you get hungry and for souvenirs from the Notre Dame Bookstore.

What about cell phone use?

We ask all HISE participants to secure an international plan for their cell phones or connect with a U.S. SIM card. As with any international travel, delays and cancelations may occur. It is very important that all participants are able to contact Anthony Travel, our office, and – most importantly – their families while traveling. We will assume that the cell phone number listed on the registration form will work during travel and that you will have the phone on at all times. If participants secure another phone number for travel, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can update our records.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi on campus?

The Office of Information Technologies at Notre Dame will email each participant a username and password to use Wi-Fi while you are here. There is also a Notre Dame mobile app we recommend you download before you arrive; information and instructions can be found here:


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