Global Professional Experience
Notre Dame International offers undergraduate students an international experiential learning opportunity to experience firsthand within an immersive environment how businesses and organizations operate in selected locations throughout the world. The Global Professional Experience Program places students with selected global and local companies and organizations in Asia (China, India, and Japan), Europe (Greece and the United Kingdom), and Latin America (Brazil and Chile).
This seven-week program includes three main components:
- A one-credit course offers an exploration of historic, social, and economic dimensions related to each of the program’s regions, in addition to providing a forum to reflect upon new international perspectives, inter-cultural knowledge, collaborative skills, integrative competencies, and career discernment.
- A one-week on-site orientation provided by the Notre Dame Global Gateways, Global Centers, and selected service providers. The on-site orientation helps students better understand the local cultures and includes cultural excursions and basic language training.
- A six-week placement within a business or organization that will provide students with professional experiences related to their academic and professional interests. Host businesses and organizations include media, startups, technology, healthcare, finance, NGOs, and think tanks, among other sectors.
This exciting program will travel to Mumbai, India to give students the opportunity to learn about Indian culture, history, politics, and society both in the classroom and through a variety of cultural activities and excursions. The first week of the program will be taught at the end of the spring semester on Notre Dame's campus and will include a thorough introduction to area studies and to India. Students will then travel for three weeks to Mumbai, India during the summer to attend a range of courses at St. Xavier's University taught by local professors. In addition to the classroom sessions, students will participate in a variety of activities, including visiting a Bollywood Studio and the Bombay Stock Exchange, trekking around Matheran, and participating in a service activity to support underprivileged youth.