Updated: February 04, 2021 at 10:33AM

Graduate School & International

Graduate Students

Please check here for periodic Updates from Dean Laura Carlson.

Progress to Degree 

The University recognizes that the disruptions from the pandemic 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. Students whose academic progress has been impacted are encouraged to speak with their advisor and director of graduate studies.


The following financial information pertains to graduate students in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and Keough School.

While the spring semester has been delayed, the stipend payment schedule will not change. Continuing students will continue to be paid on the 15th and last day of each month. Spring stipends for new students will start as soon as students are able to arrive on campus and complete all necessary paperwork. They may also be eligible for health insurance subsidies if their funding qualifies at the semester rate.

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 February 3, 2021. 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 were still  unable to make it to South Bend due to visa issues or travel restrictions were able to apply for academic provisions, which allowed them to access their courses remotely from their home country.

International Students and Scholars

Presidential Proclamation

A Presidential Proclamation was issued which suspends  the entry of foreign nationals  in specific nonimmigrant visa statuses from specific locations and will remain in effect until otherwise announced by the current administration. The policy, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 26, 2021,does not currently impact students in F-1 or J-1 status, though J-1 students must apply for a national interest waiver to enter the U.S.; it may  include J-1 Exchange Visitors in Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, or Professor categories. An additional proclamation requires all individuals entering the U.S. to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arriving in the U.S. Additional information regarding the proclamations is posted on the Notre Dame International website on the Immigration Updates section.