Updated: October 20, 2020 at 1:49PM

Graduate School & International

Graduate Students

Progress to Degree 

The University recognizes that the disruption this spring and summer may have slowed some graduate students’ progress to degree. The Dean of the Graduate School is working very closely with the deans, associate deans, and directors of graduate studies in each program to identify student needs for additional time, and financial and academic accommodation. There will be a process in place for a graduate student and faculty mentor to indicate need, and for the mentor, program, college and Graduate School to provide additional stipend support as needed. Extensions of Graduate School and departmental deadlines are also being evaluated. 


Given the early start date for the academic year, we are working through the potential implications for graduate student stipends. There are a number of internal and external issues regarding start and end dates, pay periods, and enrollment date for the University-sponsored health plan. We continue to examine these issues and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

International Students and Scholars 

The International Students and Scholar Affairs office within Notre Dame International continues to support international students and scholars who may not be able to arrive on campus in time for the start of the semester due to the current challenges of securing a student visa by helping them comply with changing regulations, monitoring travel bans and embassy closures, and assisting them with academic and student life issues. For any questions about these members of our community, please reach out to Notre Dame International. 

There are a series of legal and immigration issues surrounding incoming international students who are unable to secure visas and/or travel to the University of Notre Dame campus to begin classes in person at the start of the fall semester on August 10, 2020. Processes for handling these situations have been conveyed by the Dean of the Graduate School, to department chairs and directors of graduate studies.

Like returning international undergraduate students, first-year international undergraduate students who are unable to make it to South Bend due to visa issues or travel restrictions will be offered the opportunity to “study away locally” by which we mean taking courses at one of our study abroad programs or partner universities in their home country. These students will be allowed to join us on campus in January for the spring semester if virus-related and immigration issues allow.

International Students and Scholars

Presidential Proclamation

Presidential Proclamation was ordered which suspends foreign nationals seeking to enter in specific nonimmigrant visa statuses until Dec. 31, 2020. The policy, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 24, does not currently impact students in F-1 or J-1 status; it does not currently include J-1 Exchange Visitors in Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, or Professor categories. Additional details and information regarding the proclamation is posted on the Notre Dame International website in the frequently asked questions section.