Gep Sem Faq Page


Who is eligible to apply?

Students must be a sophomore or higher by the time they attend ND and have a GPA of at least 3.0. In addition, we require a minimum level of English proficiency of TOEFL 90+, IELTS 7.0+, or Duolingo English Test 115+. More information can be found here.

How do I apply?

You may apply online by visiting our application portal for the exchange program or the American Semester Abroad Program.

What if my institution does not have an exchange agreement with Notre Dame?

If you are not from one of our bilateral exchange partner universities, you may apply as a visiting student through the credit-bearing American Semester Abroad Program (ASAP).

Do I have to get the COVID-19 vaccine to be a visiting international student?

Yes, per University policy, all students must be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. For questions about vaccine requirements, visit the ND COVID website.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Notre Dame?

While Notre Dame is a Catholic institution, we welcome students from all faiths and backgrounds. The student body, faculty and staff are made up of a diverse range of beliefs and respectful discourse is encouraged. Campus Ministry on campus has interfaith resources, a meditation room, and other non-denominational opportunities.

What additional activities are available?

Students are able to participate in all campus events. Special activities are also offered to exchange and visiting students, including social gatherings, volunteering, and the peer mentoring program. 

Can I take classes outside of my major?

Yes, classes in the College of Arts and Letters, College of Science, College of Engineering, and the Keough School of Global Affairs are available to students of all majors. Courses in the School of Architecture and Mendoza College of Business are limited. Review the Academics section for more information about available courses and course restrictions.

Who will I take classes with?

Exchange and visiting international students take classes with our degree seeking undergraduate students and are fully integrated into the campus community. Courses are taught by our world-renowned faculty.

What housing options are available?

Students live both on and off campus. Visit our Life on Campus section for more information.

How do I know if I should live on or off campus?

Living on campus is highly recommended for the student experience and social benefit. However, living on campus may not be the best option for you if you are an older student, have a financial budget, or desire more privacy than the standard shared dorm room.

What should I pack for my semester abroad at Notre Dame?

Information about what to pack for your semester at Notre Dame and our recommended packing list can be found on our Pre-Arrival page.

Am I required to have health insurance?

Yes, all students are required to have health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the University’s health insurance plan. However, students can waive the Notre Dame insurance if their plan meets certain requirements. Please visit the University Health Services website for more information on requirements and deadlines for waiving your insurance.