In the late 1970s, under the leadership of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., the University’s international presence, including in Latin America, began to grow. In 1982, Father Hesburgh and Father Robert Pelton, C.S.C., visited Brazil with a twofold mission: engage local alumni in student recruiting efforts, and keep international students and alumni connected to the University and to each other long after graduation. In keeping with those goals, the Office of Admissions has continued annual recruiting trips across Brazil with enormous success.
São Paulo itself is the most populous city in the western hemisphere with more than 21 million people in the metropolitan area. It has a history of rich architecture, cultural influence, and esteemed academic institutions. There, Notre Dame can expand its collaborations with universities, corporations, foundations, and government organizations, and raise its profile in South America.
For those interested in exploring São Paulo and the Global Center, please feel free to contact us.
The São Paulo Global Center 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.