Ruth Di Rada is a fifteen-year-old from Brazil. While on campus, she participated in the iLED summer program, focused on international leadership.
The Mumbai Global Center hosted an event to celebrate the Notre Dame community in India and welcome newly admitted students
A Brazilian student from an underprivileged home finds himself first an iLED student, then an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame
Integrated biomedical sciences, Ovarian cancer research, PhDEgypt
“Receiving the Notre Dame acceptance letter was one of the happiest moments in my life,” says Asem. “Notre Dame has a very impressive reputation. Not only on the academic and research level, but also the family spirit and the values that Notre Dame implants in the students.”
Asem says that she was advised by American friends in Egypt that life in the U.S. would be much different. While she was surprised how helpful Americans have been, she agrees that there are extra stressors for international students. “International students face many challenges like being away from home and family, speaking a different language all the time, exposure to different cultures, and trying to merge into the new society,” she says. But she asserts that Notre Dame provided valuable resources, mentors, advisers, and classmates to make the transition smooth. In time, the challenge paid off. “I became more self-confident, open-minded and accepting of different people. I also got the chance to share my culture and immerse myself in new and different cultures.”
CJ (Caleb) Pine
Arabic, Peace studies, undergraduateChina
International Ambassador 2014-2017
“When I was a freshman, the International Ambassadors made me feel welcome at Notre Dame and gave me a vision of what my four years could look like. I wanted to be able to pass on the torch to others by becoming an IA.
“Through the experience, I have not only felt a deeper connection to the international community on campus but I have also developed my teamwork, mentoring, and organizing skills.”
Chemical engineering, undergraduateBrazil
Pedro Navarro was introduced to Notre Dame by a group of alumni who came to his high school to discuss opportunities for summer and undergraduate programs. When he was admitted to the iLED program, he boarded his first plane to begin the program.
“iLED was really a dream during those two weeks. The University was more stunning than anything I had ever seen. The community, faculty, and all students were extremely friendly
and welcoming. I had the chance to take classes such as engineering and business—I would have never known I’d have that much fun with the latter—and many other classes including architecture, where we got to visit incredible Chicago. The leadership workshops were really inspiring and thoughtful, and somehow motivated me to come back to Brazil willing to start a project of impact here and, especially, study at Notre Dame in the future.”
Pedro is now a chemical engineering student at Notre Dame. He intends to return to Brazil after graduation to work with energy, fuels, and technology. Since his iLED experience, several students from his high school have followed and also intend to apply to Notre Dame.
525+ generated I-20 forms
400+ students on Optional Practical Training (OPT)
36,637 international students at ND since 1842