Looking for an Extraordinary Summer Experience? Apply to ND Pre-College Programs!

Author: Jessica Lee


What are your plans for Summer 2021?

Video games are fun—we like those too—but if you're looking for something...more, consider this:

You could spend two weeks on the Notre Dame campus digging into fascinating topics like Restorative Justice, Entrepreneurial Immersion, or Engineering and Inventing the Future, to name a few.

You could take college-level classes in subjects that interest you, taught by Notre Dame's world-renowned faculty. While you're at it, you could live in a residence hall with people from all over the world to get a taste of the true college experience.

Or, indulge your wanderlust. Travel to Italy, Ireland, or South Africa to explore new cultures and log some once-in-a-lifetime experiences with 17 new friends. (You'll feel like a family by the time you get home.)

Notre Dame Pre-College Programs offer these experiences, plus a totally online option for students who want to learn from Notre Dame faculty and collaborate with peers across the globe from the comfort of home.

Bonus: All students earn college credit upon completion of our programs.

Check out the options below and visit the Pre-College Programs website to learn more about each one, who's eligible, and the application process.

Let’s make this a summer you’ll never forget. 

Summer Scholars

June 26 - July 10, 2021


What will college be like? Find out for yourself at Summer Scholars!

Students spend two intensive weeks of study in programs taught by Notre Dame faculty. Participants can choose from 25 courses of study on a wide variety of topics from engineering to journalism to international relations.

As a Summer Scholar, you’ll live on campus, eat in the dining hall, and become part of our campus community.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2021  

Summer Scholars Online

July 14 - 27, 2021




High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will have the opportunity to participate in one of 20 enriching online courses, all taught by Notre Dame faculty. Students are introduced to college-level academics in a wide variety of fields, from marketing to sports analytics to modern art. They collaborate on coursework with peers from across the globe and experiencing the Notre Dame community virtually!

Application Deadline: February 16, 2021

Leadership Seminars

July 17 - 28, 2021




In our Leadership Seminars, academically talented high school juniors who are leaders in their school and community .

Students explore topics of global importance while studying under Notre Dame faculty. The focus is on an exchange of ideas as you learn to develop your own conclusions and hone your ability to think critically and express your ideas in a collegiate setting. You’ll also live on campus for 10 days and experience all campus life has to offer. Admitted students will have their tuition, housing, and meals paid for by the University.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2020

Study Abroad Italy

June 5 - 19, 2021




Join Notre Dame faculty for a 12-day experience in Italy, open to high school juniors. You’ll visit famous historical sites with gelato in hand, as you learn about the history, architecture, and art of the Eternal City.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2020

Study Abroad Ireland

July 24 - August 7, 2021




Explore the rich history and culture of Ireland with Notre Dame faculty and local scholars. Students embark on a 12-day adventure, traveling to sites in the east and west of Ireland. Seminars are taught at the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center in Dublin and the historic castle of Kylemore Abbey.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2020

Study Abroad South Africa 

July 11 - 26, 2021




The South Africa program is a 13-day seminar led by Notre Dame Psychology professor and South African native, Anre Venter. Through the course and cultural excursions, you will gain a deep understanding of South Africa's challenges as a nation. Students will be stretched outside their mental comfort zone to confront tough issues, pushed to explore new ways of thinking, and grow holistically through this incredible journey.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2020