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Service-Learning Courses

Service-learning is an important part of Notre Dame’s mission. Courses that incorporate service-learning provide students with the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom into the community in a variety of ways. Interaction with diverse groups, real life problem-solving, and real-life complexities provide rich learning opportunities when coupled with guided reflection, class discussion, and skilled analysis relating to course content.

Service-learning courses may be offered in any discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level. Courses offered with a service-learning component are so noted in the course catalog. Students are encouraged to discuss service-learning interests with faculty members.

International Service Opportunities

The first international service-learning course was successfully completed in the summer of 2008 by two students. They worked with a SSND convent in Peru. This has continued each subsequent summer and new opportunities continually being considered to expand service-learning opportunities abroad.

The Service Abroad program provides many different possibilities for students to study and learn the history and culture of the country, while earning four academic credits—one for the independent study and three for the service given.

Through Service Abroad, students can expand their knowledge of the world and their own self-giving. Unlike Study Abroad and short-term tours, Service Abroad allows students to serve the poor and needy of another culture. Prior to this opportunity, and to enhance the experience, students engage in an independent study to understand and appreciate the culture they will be working in. International service is a perfect balance between academic and experiential learning and personal growth experiences.

Service Abroad is an independent course (IDS-310) enhancing all of Notre Dame's departments and programs. Qualified students can give service in areas beyond the U.S., serving from four to eight weeks during Winterim or Summer Semesters. Third-and fourth-year students in the Women’s College and CAUS may apply.

International Service works closely with the Office of International Programs to create and deliver quality programs for international students from Notre Dame’s Sister Colleges.

Programs are tailored to the needs, interests, and curricular or co-curricular goals of participating groups. The Service Abroad Director works closely with Sister College faculty/staff to design a program tailored to the established learning goals. Generally, the programs will fit in one of the three formats:

  • Residential Service-Learning Summer Program
  • Residential Service-Learning January Program
  • Residential Service-Learning Semester Program

Annual Service-Learning Award

Awards for outstanding commitment to service-learning have been given to a faculty member and a student each Notre Dame Day since the award's inception in 2007.





Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND
Professor of Communication Arts

Bridget Smith '07


Joanne Gladden, Ph.D.
Professor of Nursing

Steffani McQuerry '08


RaeAnn Wuestman, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

Rebecca Jones '09


Sally Wall, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Michelle Santos '10


Susan Barber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Stephanie Uza '11


Leonor Blum, M.A.
Associate Professor of History

Brianna January '12


Linda Stilling, SSND
Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

Marianna Milkowski '13