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London Alumni Series: Usi Abugo realizes adventure is the best way to learn

Usiwoma Abugo ‘08 is probably the only oculoplastic surgeon who is instafamous. With nearly 17,000 followers, Abugo has had major success achieving her own career goals and helping others achieve theirs. Her time at the London Global Gateway allowed her to shift her focus, and instead of learning about medicine, she spent...
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Living out a dream: Artistic immersion in London

In her application for the London Global Gateway, Rachel Mills described a daydream that she often had in South Bend. The fantasy scenario involved her exiting the tube station into Trafalgar Square, and walking the through crowds of buskers, commuters and tourists to reach her place of work: the National Gallery....
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Shifting mindsets: A student learns the power of creative thinking

Bozzo with friends in Greenwich Dominic Bozzo is a computer science major, a subject that has always required him to think analytically. It may seem surprising then, that he spent his semester in London as an intern at a top design agency. “I work with 20 people who all have...
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A global perspective: Notre Dame London Law students at the United Nations

Halfway through their semester in London, Notre Dame law students stepped out of the classroom and headed to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, discovering what their studies look like in practice. The three day trip was a feast of experiential learning, and students debated topics with UN officials, analyzed...
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Experiencing London through literature of the fantastic

The London Global Gateway strives for students to experience London as its own classroom. This can be through trips to museums and specific cultural sights, or through street art, music and theater. This semester, Eliza Harris took a course in "London Literature of the Fantastic" with Professor Hadas Elber-Aviram, which enabled her to see London through...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Nina Oldehaver

For Nina Oldehaver, her LL.M. degree from Notre Dame Law School will give her a better understanding in her international workplace. During her mandatory two-year internship to become a lawyer in Germany, she worked in labor and employment law for international businesses. Working with American clients who have German businesses...
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Off the beaten track: Notre Dame law students discover Buckfast Abbey

At the beginning of this semester, fifteen law students traveled south for the weekend, swapping the bright lights of London for the stark and beautiful landscapes of Dartmoor. Staying at the Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery active since 1018, students took part in activities which took them off the beaten...
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Notre Dame, international since the beginning

Since its inception, the University of Notre Dame has been a global school.  It was founded by a French priest and brothers in 1842 with money raised in Europe, and as soon as 1850 was enrolling international students.  In the decades that followed, more than 100 students would come to...
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Identity through art: Jojo Lee's poetry explores what it means to be Black in London

What does it mean to be Black in London? Through street art, poetry and photography, Notre Dame London Global Gateway student Jojo Lee spent her semester exploring this question. She interviewed locals, researched the history of different areas and generally immersed herself in city's culture. In doing so, Lee discovered...
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"A life-changing education:" Armando Sanchez reflects on his time in London

Sanchez in Trafalgar Square with a classmate Armando Sanchez participated in the London Undergraduate Program and the London Internship Program this semester. Sanchez is an AnBryce Scholar and is grateful for the opportunities education has afforded him. He writes about his time in London, how it gave him a more...
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Pilgrimage to Lourdes: One student’s unique start to a semester abroad

The beginning of Ricardo Boschetti’s semester abroad was not like his fellow students’. A week before his classmates arrived, he was staying in a hospital in the heart of Lourdes, taking part in Westminster Archdiocese’s annual pilgrimage. When Boschetti decided to give his time to such a charitable cause, he never imagined...
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A shadow cultural history of London

In his latest work, London Global Gateway’s Adrian Chapman explores ‘anti-psychiatry,’ a concept developed and practiced by RD Laing in the 1960s experimental community of London’s Kingsley Hall. This radical community encouraged the idea of madness as a voyage and a method of self-exploration that, it was believed, may ultimately lead...
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A Medievalist's Year in London

After receiving her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Notre Dame in 2017, Megan Welton spent a year as an Arts and Letters Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame in England. She currently is a postdoctoral researcher on the NWO-VICI project titled, "Citizenship Discourses in the Early Medieval World"...
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London Lit of the Fantastic

Hadas Elber-Aviram, one of London Global Gateway’s adjunct faculty, is currently undertaking a research project dealing with traditions of authors living in London who wrote about London through the prism of science fiction and fantasy. She also teaches a course at the Gateway called London Literature in the Fantastic, which closely relates...
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From jazz clubs to buskers: A music student’s experience of London

Alex Mansour playing piano for London staff The elegant, drifting echoes of piano and cello became a welcome soundtrack to London’s Fischer Hall last semester. The program was hosting Notre Dame music major Alex Mansour, who made the most of the building’s musical facilities, and of London’s rich music scene....
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Life in London: A beginner's guide from the perspective of a study abroad student

California native Molly Melican, an economics and history major, is participating in the summer program at the London Global Gateway this summer. As a Notre Dame student experiencing life abroad for the first time, she was intimidated by the sheer scale of the city and wasn't sure what to expect. She learned pretty quickly...