Maximize your winter break

This winter, a flurry of opportunities to advance your academic career await.

The experimental Winter Session is a suite of engaging opportunities between the end of the Fall 2020 semester in mid-November and the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester on February 3, 2021.

The goal of the Winter Session is to capitalize on the length of this year’s winter break by providing meaningful engagement opportunities for Notre Dame students to nurture the formation of mind, body, and spirit.

Offerings include career development and professional growth workshops and projects, career counseling, skill building sessions, mentorships, virtual experiential co-curricular community service, research experiences, and a modest number of short online courses taught by Notre Dame faculty.

Alyssa DiPaolo ‘22

Neuroscience and Behavior

“I'm going to study for the LSAT and work with Dr. Nancy Michael on neuroscience research. I've previously participated in programs hosted by the Center for Social Concerns, and recommend other students consider the Winter Virtual Service Corps opportunity this winter break.


Online Courses

Jan. 4-27

Study what you love. Take courses that inspire you to think more deeply and to explore the unexpected. This year, we’re giving you even more opportunities to follow your passions. Registration for Winter Session classes will take place during students’ normal registration time in December.

Recently Added

  • PHIL 20640 Philosophy of Mental Illness
  • PHIL 20401 Ethics
  • PHIL 20603 Environmental Philosophy
  • MATH 20180 (CRN 33410) Introduction to Mathematical Writing and History
  • CDT 24610 Web Development Bootcamp
  • MATH 10555 Calculus Workshop

Learn more about online courses


Supervised Research Experiences

Nov. 21-Dec. 18 and Jan. 6-30

Develop skills and confidence, create networks, build your resume, and prepare for graduate school. Select academic departments will offer a limited number of virtual and in-person research experiences focused on special topics and research assistantships.

Learn more about research experiences Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement


Career and Professional Development

Dec. 7-18 and Jan. 11-22

Opportunities will be offered for students to connect with employers and organizations, build relationships with mentors, participate in workshops and skill building sessions, and receive one-on-one career counseling.

Learn more about career development Career Development Winter Session Opportunities


Community Engagement

Dec. 1-18 and Jan. 6-22

Collaborate and volunteer with community organizations across South Bend and the nation in remote service, research, and faith activities through the Center for Social Concerns, Robinson Community Learning Center, and other valued partners.

Learn more about community engagement

Winter Schedule

The calendar below offers a birds-eye view of peak activity related to the various offerings, however, there is nothing status quo when it comes to how you'll experience the Winter Session.

Winter Session Gantt Chart