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A Semester, Interrupted: International Student Stories

As the pandemic first exploded in the United States in early spring, international students had to make a tough call: Should they find a way to stay on campus or return to their home countries to wait for the situation to resolve itself? The crisis intensified in many locations across...
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Meet Jaime Signoracci: NDI's travel security and risk management expert

In June 2014, a plane landed hard at the Kabul International Airport. It was after dark and the flight crew needed medical attention. The plane suffered damage, so the crew needed to stay overnight in Kabul until another aircraft could be flown in. Jaime Signoracci, who was only in her...

How Notre Dame taught a scholar from India to smile

It was a picturesque morning in September following mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart when Pooja Ranade first realized that she was smiling. “It wasn’t a natural thing for me,” reflects Ranade. “But I remember feeling so calm and happy – I wanted to hold on to that...

Holi festival 2019: Blending culture with color

More than 200 students showed up in white shirts to participate in the Holi festival More than 500 pounds of vibrant color was thrown into the air as part of an ancient Indian spring festival. While students had a lot of fun splashing brilliantly colored dyes on each other, there’s...
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Business in Brazil: How an international student created a platform to connect students to high-tech jobs

Brazilian native Laura Henares is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, currently studying international economics, German, and international development studies. This international student has already lived in the United States, South Africa and Germany, and believes a global perspective can only contribute to one’s intellectual and practical pursuits. Currently...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Raphael Ng’etich

Raphael Ng’etich of Kenya has known that he wanted to study and teach law since he was in high school. As a law student at Strathmore University in Nairobi, he jumped at opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant for several professors. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Yue Yu

After working for three years as a senior associate in the merger and acquisition transaction services department for Deloitte Financial Advisory in China, Yue Yu decided it was time for a career change. She wanted to go somewhere outside her native country. Yu graduated in 2015 from Central University of...

An international student’s perspective: Tackling my first American football season

Physics major Nicole Lee is a Greater China Scholar and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar. Originally from Malaysia, Lee grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She intends on becoming a writer or journalist, using her platform to raise awareness on key issues around the globe to effect change. During her time at the...
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Notre Dame, international since the beginning

Since its inception, the University of Notre Dame has been a global school.  It was founded by a French priest and brothers in 1842 with money raised in Europe, and as soon as 1850 was enrolling international students.  In the decades that followed, more than 100 students would come to...
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A letter of thanks to Ireland

Khaoula Morchid is a Notre Dame alum (17’) and a former Naughton Fellow (18’) who completed her masters in Transport, Engineering, Policy and Planning at Trinty College Dublin. She is now working for AECOM in Dublin. Celebrating 20 years in Ireland this year, the Dublin Global Gateway invited Morchid to...
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An international student's perspective: It began with an Idea

Nicole Lee is a Greater China Scholar and part of the class of 2022. From Malaysia, Lee grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and intends on becoming a writer or journalist, using her platform to raise awareness on key issues around the globe to effect change. During...
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Why not him? Pedro Navarro's story

Navarro and his mother From a young age, the importance of education was impressed upon Pedro Navarro, a junior chemical engineering student from Brazil. His mother is a Portuguese teacher and saw firsthand the discrepancies between public and private schools in their hometown, but she couldn’t afford to send her son...
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Notre Dame community in India celebrated with special event

The Mumbai Global Center event was held to celebrate the Notre Dame community in India and welcome newly admitted students. The event is in its third year and helps showcase the growth of Notre Dame’s undergraduate and high school engagements in India.