How to Apply
Have your eyes set on a specific trip? Or maybe there are a few that interest you. Our application processes make it easy to get started on your ND Global Education journey.
Justice and Leadership Immersion Trips
To apply to be a delegate on one of our 7 justice and leadership immersion trips, you must fill out the official interest form. Financial aid is offered only for these 7 trips and you can apply for assistance directly via the application. Please see the financial aid section below for more information on our offerings. The 7 trips that are included in the interest form application process are:
- Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Washington, D.C.
- Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles
- Neighborhood Plunge
- Urban Plunge: San Francisco/Tenderloin
- Central Coast Plunge
- Urban Plunge: New Orleans
- Sisters in El Salvador
Students are encouraged to apply for their top two or three choices to increase chances of placement on a trip. Every effort will be made to place students in their first choice, but space is limited. Trips fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as possible to increase your chance of being placed in your first choice trip. The Global Education team reviews all applications to determine trip placement. Special consideration will be given to first time participants, especially seniors. A ranking system will be used to determine trip placements when interest exceeds trip capacity, where grade level, date applied, and counselor recommendations will be taken into account. Eligible students not placed on a trip will be placed on the wait list or their second choice trip. Global Education will continue to accept applications as space allows.
Cultural/Language Immersion Trips
Students interested in the following trips are required to email the faculty/staff trip organizer for more information and to apply for the trip:
- Quito/Galapagos Islands: contact Tony Lecheler at email@example.com
- Italy/Greece: contact Hilary Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tanzania: contact Nicki Pfaff at email@example.com
- Japan: contact Amy Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iceland/Berlin Global Leadership Conference: contact Nicole Pfaff at email@example.com
Financial aid is not offered for these trips. Each trip has a different student selection process and the respective trip organizer can be contacted to find out more. Student grade level and application date are almost always considerations and feedback from the student's counselor is always looked at. Certain trips have other selection priorities - for example, since the Japan trip is an exchange program with Notre Dame Seishin in Kurashiki, Japan, priority is given to students who are able to host a Japanese exchange student in their home in the odd-years when the Seishin students come here.
Costs are designed to cover the full experience - transportation, housing, meals, trip guides and other program costs. Costs are reflective of “simple living” and cover basic needs. We strive to live simply so we are in solidarity with the communities that we visit. Please see the respective trip pages or the main graph on the front page of the website for costs.
For those requiring financial assistance, Global Education offers alternative payment arrangements and/or partial financial aid awards, depending on trip and need. The financial aid request is included in the interest form, and must be completed by the registration deadline of September 20 in order to be considered for aid. Justice/leadership immersion trip placements are made irrespective of need or financial aid requests and decisions are made by two separate committees.
After the interest form deadline closes, the Global Education Committee will meet to review applications and place students on trips. You and your parents will receive an official email soonafter that lets you know if you were selected for a trip or if you were placed on a wait lsit. Once you have received notification of placement on a justice/leadership immersion trip, you must confirm your acceptance via our Google Form within one week to guarantee your spot. The form will include the Global Education policy, which must be read and acknowledged, and the online registration form, where we will collect all of the pertinent information we need for your respective trip.
After you complete the form, you will arrange for payment. Payment for justice/leadership immersion trips will be automatically deducted through your FACTS account at the time of registration. Checks are no longer accepted unless special arrangements are made with the business office. Families registering before the 23rd of the month will have the registration fee deducted through their FACTS account on the 1st of the following month. Payments can be made in one or three payments. The business office will contact families who do not have a FACTS account to set up a payment method. Registration is not complete until payment has been made. $150 of the initial payment will be held as a non-refundable deposit towards holding your spot on the trip.
Registration is complete only when the form has been submitted and payment has been arranged. Students who do not confirm their placement within one week are at risk of losing their spot on the trip. If you are unable to accept placement for any reason, please inform the Global Education team as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another student.
Student Commitment Expectations
Students are expected to have open hearts, minds and hands to the full process and experience, including simple living, reflection and prayer. Each student must be in good standing and up-to-date with all academic, service and discipline obligations. Each student must attend all pre-trip meetings and complete paperwork by set deadlines. All immersion students will participate in the Solidarity Dinner as well as post-trip advocacy and witness activities.
Parents should be willing to support their daughter with prayer and encouragement and must be willing to make the financial commitment and/or request supplemental financial aid for the trip. Parents must complete paperwork by set deadlines and support and attend the Solidarity Dinner.
Please contact Cara Borromei, Student Affairs Program Coordinator, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-294-1113 ext. 2183.
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