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International scholars visit

Carolina Wilson | Monday, April 15, 2013

The 2013 Hesburgh International Scholars Experience (HISE) welcomed 69 prospective international students to campus on Saturday.

Julie Denkler, Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admission said the program promotes a stronger relationship between the University and the international sphere.

“We’re thrilled and excited to have this year’s Hesburgh International Scholars to campus,” Denkler said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know Notre Dame a little bit better and it’s a fantastic opportunity for those of us here on campus to welcome in a community from around the world.”

This year’s program has exceeded the diversity level of previous years, Denkler said. This included 69 attendees from 19 different countries and 27 countries of citizenship.

Junior Paulina Rullán, an undergraduate leader for the HISE planning committee, said the diversity international students bring to campus is essential for an ideal college experience.

“The admissions team has put together a weekend filled with great events, speakers, campus tours and information sessions to demonstrate to the international students what makes Notre Dame special and unique,” Rullán said.

One of the most memorable events includes a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, she said.

“The program was created in honor of Fr. Hesburgh’s interest and passion for international students,” she said. “The students are excited to meet with Fr. Hesburgh, and he in turn looks forward to the international visits each year.”

Jake Baska, area-admissions counselor for the international markets including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, said Notre Dame hopes to inspire and educate through the HISE program.

“While certain aspects of our personality certainly reflect distinctively American ideals – such as our love of football – Notre Dame hopes to train future leaders who will not just serve the United States but the larger world as well,” Baska said. “To accomplish this mission, we need the perspective of students from different nations and different cultural backgrounds to broaden the discussions and debates that drive the student body.”

Robert Mundy, director of admissions, said creating global leaders is also at the heart of the HISE program.

“We are all more aware of the global economy and worldwide connections in so many areas. Notre Dame should be active in developing leaders for this international economy,” Mundy said. “It’s also exciting to imagine the Notre Dame community and influence continuing to expand globally.”

Lucrecia Siman, a prospective student from El Salvador, said Notre Dame has already left a lasting impression.
“Notre Dame has made me feel like home since I got here. It is extremely special and everyone has been very welcoming. Every minute that goes by makes me want to be Irish for life,” Siman said.