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

Author: Jessica Lee



Summer 2022 could be your best. summer. ever! 

Picture it now: Meet other kids from around the world. Living on Notre Dame’s beautiful campus for two weeks, learning from world-renowned ND professors and having the time of your life!

With Notre Dame's Pre-College Programs, you'll get a true college experience. 

The college-level courses are challenging and rewarding as you dig deeper into topics not typically offered in a high school curriculum, like: Engineering and Inventing the Future; Entrepreneurial Immersion; and Neuroscience, and Immigrant America—these are only a few of the amazing courses on the roster!  

If you are looking for a global adventure, check out our study abroad programs. You can travel the world with 17 new best friends. We offer programs in Italy, Ireland, or South Africa. You'll stay at the Notre Dame Global Gateways, experience a new culture and landscape, have once-in-a-lifetime adventures (safari ride, anyone?), and make lots of memories. 

There’s also an online option for students who want to learn from Notre Dame faculty and collaborate with peers across the globe from the comfort of home.

All of that, plus this: All students earn college credit upon completion of any of our programs.

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

Pre-College Programs

Summer Scholars

June 25 - July 9, 2022    


What is life like for Notre Dame college students? 

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

Students spend two intensive weeks of study in programs taught by Notre Dame faculty. Participants can choose from 23 courses of study on a wide variety of exciting topics. 

Application Deadline: February 21, 2022

Summer Scholars Online

July 18 - 29, 2022



High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have the opportunity to participate in one of 15 enriching online courses. Students are introduced to college-level academics, collaborate on coursework with peers from across the globe, and experience the Notre Dame community virtually.

Application Deadline: February 21, 2022

Leadership Seminars

July 16 - 27, 2022

Leadership Seminar


Leadership Seminars is a highly competitive program in which admitted students have their tuition, housing, and meals paid for by the University. 

You’ll live on campus for 10 days and experience all campus life has to offer, exploring topical global issues while studying under Notre Dame faculty. The focus is on an exchange of ideas as you learn to develop your own conclusions, honing your ability to think critically and expressing your ideas in a collegiate setting. 

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

Study Abroad Italy

June 4 - 18, 2022  



Join us for a 12-day experience in Italy, open to high school juniors. You’ll visit famous landmarks in Rome, including the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and more! Throughout the experience, you'll learn about the history, architecture, and art of the Eternal City.

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

Study Abroad South Africa

July 10 - 25, 2022       



The South Africa program is a 13-day seminar led by Notre Dame Psychology Professor and South African native Anre Venter. Through the course, which includes 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 will grow through this incredible journey.

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

Study Abroad Ireland

July 23 - August 6, 2022



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

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022