VP Bob Bernhard moderating a panel at the 2011 Forum on Global DevelopmentUniversity of Notre Dame Vice President of Research Bob Bernhard moderating a panel of representatives from The Coca-Cola Company, USAID, the Department of Defense, and Notre Dame faculty at the Notre Dame Forum on Global Development in Washington D.C.

Global consciousness, cultural literacy and engagement with diverse populations have been part of the Notre Dame experience since the University’s founding. Notre Dame has made it a goal to create new international learning opportunities for its students, while enhancing its reputation as a center for international research, teaching and service. In order to achieve these aspirations, Notre Dame is building multidimensional international partnerships with hundreds of academic institutions and government organizations, thereby obtaining greater access and opportunities throughout the world.

Global Corporate Opportunities

Notre Dame works with corporations on a variety of International Projects:

  • Solar Power Microgrids
  • Wells for Africa
  • Business Training for Development Market Leadership
  • Human Rights Training
  • Haiti Housing Models
  • Climate Change Index
  • Internet Connectivity in Africa
  • Mobile Health Monitoring
  • Low Cost Diagnostics
  • Impact Evaluation

Please see the Initiatiative for Global Development for more information. 


International opportunities in the academy, service, and research promote the leadership development of Notre Dame students. Partnership with the University creates opportunities to engage these future leaders and collaborate with institutional international partners, all while promoting corporate research and global citizenship efforts.

Notre Dame also works with corporations through its network of global gateways around the world: 

  • Notre Dame World Forum
  • Global Partners Fellowship Program
  • Academic-Corporate Partnerships
  • Global Gateway Events
  • Consortium of Catholic Universities
  • Greater China Scholarship Weekend
  • Pre-Departure Orientation Conference
  • International Student Oreintation
  • International Week
  • Summer Research Internships
  • Service Learning Programs

Please visit Notre Dame International for more information or contact our office.


China's Vice Minister for Education Hao Ping visits with Provost Tom Burish on April 9, 2013 to celebrate an agreement between the University of Notre Dame and the MInistry of Education's China Scholarship Council

Program Spotlights

IBM-Notre Dame Global Internship Program

IBM - ND Global InternsIBM Research and the University of Notre Dame partnered to launch a new Global Internship Program during the summer of 2010 in Beijing, China.  As Notre Dame strives to build its international presence and status as a premier research institution, the IBM internship provides an outstanding opportunity to advance our organizational goals while simultaneously providing valuable ideas and access to talent for IBM.  Read More

Accenture and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development harness solar energy to connect and empower Northern Uganda

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Accenture (a global services company) are taking the lead to empower disconnected communities in northern Uganda by harnessing solar energy to generate electricity for Internet and Communications Technologies (ICT), education and training centers, and new locally developed ventures. The Accenture Foundation has awarded Notre Dame a $550,000 grant for this two- year project. Read More

Master of Science in Global Health

Students in the Master's of Global Health programOne of only three similar programs in the United States, sets the stage for Notre Dame to become a national and international global health enterprise. Learn more about the Master of Science in Global Health.


Additional Resources

Extending Our Influence

Verizon Foundation grant boosts Ugandan health team with mobile technology


Can text messaging improve the health of Ugandan village residents? An $85,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation promises to help the University of Notre Dame’s Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity find out.

The grant will provide improved information and communication technology to the village health team in Uganda’s Nnindye Parish, where the Ford Program has been engaged in community-led development work since 2008. In addition, a Notre Dame research team will study the impact of the updated technology on health outcomes.


Notre Dame Forum on Global Development

11_10_11_global_development_forum_4As a panelist at the event, Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator, D-Illinois, remarked that, “The work that Notre Dame is doing globally not only alleviates human suffering, but also defines America to the world. Time and time again Notre Dame has risen to the challenge, and today we need you more than ever.” He referred to Notre Dame’s presence in the global community as “stellar,” and said that the University brings real value to the table.


Featured Research: Ford Program in Uganda

The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, housed in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, promotes the interdisciplinary study of international human development at the University of Notre Dame