Notre Dame began its history of study in London in 1968 with the creation of the London Law Program, the only full-year program for American law students in Britain. For more than a decade, only law students hopped the pond until the London Undergraduate Program hosted its inaugural class in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the LL.M. program was established and allowed for students to complete their degree either in South Bend or in London. This novel move made Notre Dame the only American law school to offer an overseas graduate-degree program.
Since the 2012 designation of the London Global Gateway, Notre Dame endeavors in London have been growing. Each year, more than 400 undergraduates, 50 law students, and many graduate students and faculty spend time in London, for a semester, summer, or full academic year. The London Global Gateway hosts nearly 100 conferences and events, and helps to place approximately 100 students with internships each annually. Graduate students will find opportunities for thesis seminars and dissertation exchanges to accelerate their progress, as well.
For those looking to explore London, the Gateway’s locations are ideally located. Fischer Hall, located in the heart of Trafalgar Square, and Conway Hall, near the South Bank and Waterloo Station, are both walking distance to landmarks, historic sites, and key partners in the area, while close proximity to underground rail stations ensure much of the U.K. is but a train ride away.
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The London Global Gateway is part of the University of Notre Dame’s global network. Notre Dame International oversees the Global Gateways centered in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, London, and Rome. The Gateways create unique opportunities for Notre Dame to engage the world and the world to engage Notre Dame through scholarly collaboration, undergraduate and graduate study, as well as cooperative programs with governments, foundations, corporations, alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Global Centers provide a more focused and intensive means for academic and cultural exchange encompassing a more defined geographical area than the Global Gateways. NDI leads six Global Centers located in Santiago, São Paulo, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and at Kylemore Abbey in western Ireland.
The University of Notre Dame (USA) in England is hosting the services of the London Global Gateway.
- 1968 London Law Program founded
- 1981 London Undergraduate Program begins
- 1998 Moved to current location, Fischer Hall, on Trafalgar Square
- 2012 Conway Hall opened as student residence building
- 2012 Officially designated as the London Global Gateway
- 2017 London Global Gateway library created from undergraduate and law libraries
- 2018 The London Law Programme celebrates its 50th anniversary