The entire iLED curriculum provides exposure to various academic disciplines within the scope of international leadership, innovation, and intercultural competence. All academic sessions are taught by Notre Dame professors and may include courses on ethics, international relations, design thinking, social entrepreneurship and innovation.
While taking classes in these different academic fields with Notre Dame faculty, the iLED students have the opportunity to experience various state-of-the-art academic facilities on campus and will have the most unique, fun, and authentic collegiate learning experience during this summer program.
A series of leadership seminars is a key component of the transformational learning experience the iLED program offers. The seminars feature interactive discussions and lectures delivered by guest lecturers and faculty from the Notre Dame community. In the past, our leadership seminars covered inspiring topics such as ethical dilemmas in leadership, youth leadership, female leadership, servant leadership, and more. Throughout the program, the iLED students will be tasked with integrating what they have learned through the various academic sessions and the leadership seminars into a final capstone project that reflects key learning outcomes of the program.
Notre Dame is known for its inclusive residential community and vibrant dorm culture. To truly experience what it is like to be a college student at Notre Dame, all iLED students will live in our undergraduate dorms during the entire length of the program. Students will have roommates who are also iLED participants. The designated iLED halls are often in close walking distance to all classroom buildings and dining halls. Each hall offers residents reading rooms, study spaces, lounges, communal bathrooms on each floor, and a variety of room configurations: singles, doubles and quads. Most halls have game rooms, vending machines, fitness, and laundry (with washing machines and dryers).
The dorm rooms are fully furnished, but we ask that students bring their own bed linen and towels. Students should bring twin-XL sized sheets, a pillow, a pillow case, a blanket, and bath and hand towels. Laundry allowance and individually-packed laundry detergent will be provided. Other must-pack items include a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, soap, slippers, shampoo and conditioner, and other personal toiletries students may need. We also suggest students bring a water bottle. There is filtered drinking water in every building on campus and the tap water is safe to drink. Program participants will receive a detailed packing list before their arrival on campus.
Notre Dame’s campus features two buffet-style dining halls, the North Dining Hall and the South Dining Hall, as well as many eateries and fast food restaurants, such as Starbucks, Smashburger, Chick-fil-A, and Taco Bell. iLED students will be given a meal plan that allows them to eat three meals a day at one of the dining halls. Meals at one of the eateries outside of the dining halls are out-of-pocket expenses, including lunches and dinners during field trips.
Activities and Events
iLED is not a typical summer camp where students are left with a great amount of free time outside of class with few organized activities. To help participants make the most of their time at Notre Dame, the program itinerary incorporates a wide range of extracurricular programming in the evenings and over the weekends. Every day during iLED is unique, fun, and fulfilling.
Traditional iLED events and activities include:
- Welcome Breakfast and Orientation with campus tour, stadium tour, and team building activities
- Day trip to Chicago with visits to Millenium Park, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Water Tower Place, Magnificent Mile, and the Navy Pier
- Scavenger Hunt
- Bonfire and S’mores
- Trivia Nights
- Movie Nights
- Snite Art Museum Tour
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart Tour
- Farewell Reception
These events provide a space for students to develop profound friendships with each other, facilitating great team dynamics and deeper cultural exchange. Many participants depart from iLED with new friends and unforgettable memories.
Dialogue with Notre Dame Students
The iLED Program is a great platform where high school students can interact with current Notre Dame students. Every summer, a select number of Notre Dame undergraduate students are hired as program assistants and interns for the iLED program. This is an extraordinary group of passionate, responsible, and friendly Notre Dame students who help facilitate program activities, co-lead program outings, and care for iLED students in the dorms. They are happy to answer any questions about studying and living as a college student at Notre Dame. Besides daily interaction with the program interns, the iLED program also includes a panel discussion with a bigger group of Notre Dame undergraduates.
Health and Safety
Strict program rules and precautions are implemented to ensure the health and safety of all iLED participants, which is always the top priority of the University and program staff. Each iLED participant is covered under American medical insurance for the program dates, which allows easy access to nearby clinics should they feel ill. The program staff will also accompany students to local hospitals and clinics under emergency circumstances.
All participants are expected to observe the following program rules. Violations of these rules and failure to follow the program staff’s instructions and guidelines will result in dismissal from the program at the cost of the student.
- Do not travel to any off-campus locations without express permission and company of program staff.
- Return to dorms before 11:00pm every night and check in with designated staff.
- During day trips to Chicago or other locations, strictly follow the trip itineraries and do not separate from the group.
- Contact program staff when feeling sick, unsafe, or seeing suspicious activity.