Frequently Asked Questions

I heard that NDI canceled summer programs. Does this affect Summer in Silicon Valley?

Summer in Silicon Valley is administered by Notre Dame-California and the Provost's office. We are not an NDI program and Summer in Silicon Valley will proceed as planned for Summer 2021. We are currently accepting applications through April 15 and we will update this website if there are any changes.

How do I apply?

See up-to-date application instructions and details here.

What is the minimum GPA to apply?

Advisors and department faculty prefer that students maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to be considered for off-campus programs. We evaluate each application thoroughly, regardless of GPA, but prefer students who have demonstrated an ability to do well academically in a setting away from campus.

Does participating in the Summer in Silicon Valley program prevent me from participating in traditional study abroad programs?

Participating in the Summer in Silicon Valley does not prevent you from going abroad through a Notre Dame International program.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $9,000. This covers the price of tuition for 6 credit hours of Notre Dame coursework, shared housing, program activities (hiking, company visits, etc.) and some group meals/entertainment. There are no additional fees but students are expected to cover the costs of their meals and flights to and from California.

Does the program offer financial aid?

No, the program does not offer financial aid. Students with portable scholarships may use them.

What is the check-in date?

The Summer in Silicon Valley move-in date typically corresponds with on-campus move-in days.

What time is check in?

The Summer in Silicon Valley students will communicate their check-in times with the Notre Dame-California program staff. The apartment complex is staffed by a property manager who works from 9-5 and we prefer this window, but alternative arrangements can be made to meet arriving students outside these business hours.

Is there a meal plan?

No, there is no meal plan.

Where will I live?

Students will be housed in luxurious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments in the Oak Creek complex in Palo Alto, adjacent to Stanford University campus. The housing complex features include:  tennis and basketball courts, theatre room, swimming pool, walking trails, gym, etc.

Is it safe?

Palo Alto is a safe area located near Stanford University and many Silicon Valley attractions.

What is included in the apartment?

2-bedroom and 2-bathroom furnished apartment. The housing complex features include:  tennis and basketball courts, theater room, swimming pool, walking trails, gym, onsite laundry, and more.

Will I have roommates?

Yes, the apartments are spacious and each apartment will house up to 4 occupants (two students to a room).

Can I do laundry?

Each apartment comes with washer and dryer.  Additionally, there is paid onsite laundry.

Will we do group outings?

Yes, many.  These will range from hiking in Redwood Park and Stanford Dish to day trips to Monterey Bay and Big Sur. We will also plan several group outings to San Francisco.

What are the required courses?

Notre Dame-California provides 3 courses for students participating in the Summer in Silicon Valley program. Students will choose 2 of the 3 courses offered for a total of 6 credit hours. All courses are available to undergraduate students regardless of College or major; no prerequisites.

What is the course load?

Students will take a 6-credit course load during the Summer in Silicon Valley semester.

Where are classes held?

Courses are held in the Notre Dame-California facility in the Oak Creek Housing complex, and are walking distance to the apartments.

What days are classes held?

Courses will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Wednesdays and Fridays will be reserved for off-site activities.

What if I want to take only one class?

Please notify us via email or in your application if you wish to take one class only. If you can take only one class, you will be placed on the waitlist and your admission to the program will depend upon availability after the cohort is finalized.