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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...
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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...
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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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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...