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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: ND-Conducted Program Recommended GPA: 2.75
Housing Options: Apartment Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Program Information:


Notre Dame's Jerusalem Semester Program is conducted at the Jerusalem Global Gateway at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, located atop a hill on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. On the Tantur Ridge there is a magnificent view of beautiful and historic sights. To the south are the church spires of Bethlehem and the Muslim minarets of other Arab villages. To the north spreads the great city of Jerusalem, its Old City walls only a 10-minute drive away. To the east a jumble of hills falls off into the Jordan Valley.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester: Mid-January through mid-May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
In this program students will be challenged in their courses and in their daily lives to reflect on the meanings and experiences of the Middle East and the Holy Land. While studying at the Jerusalem Global Gateway, students select from courses offered at the Gateway itself, Bethlehem University, Hebrew University, and Polis Language Institute. The academic program is enhanced by co-curricular and cultural excursions throughout the semester. See special opportunities below.

--Core Course: THEO 24846 Three Faiths, Two Peoples: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land (Taught at Global Gateway.)
This course explores the history of Christian experience in the Holy Land, with a focus on Christian relationships with Jews and Muslims. We will focus on the theme of the Church’s identity in the world from its biblical roots to the multiplicity of contemporary understandings. (Fulfills 2nd THEO university requirement)

--Philosophy: PHIL 24346 Modern Jewish Thought (Taught at Global Gateway.)
In broad strokes we will trace the trajectory of modern Jewish religious thought from an apologetic accommodation to the regnant philosophical and secular sensibilities – a tendency that characterized 18th and 19th century Jewish philosophy – to an affirmation of Jewish theological discourse as a mode of theocentric reflection – a tendency that increasingly marks Jewish thought since the early 20th century. (Fulfills 2nd PHIL university requirement)

--POLS 34317 Democracy, Human Rights, & International Humanitarian Law (Taught at Bethlehem University)
This course addresses issues related to democracy and fundamental freedoms. It deals with contemporary scholarship on democracy and its variations, causes of transitions to democracy, and sources of democratic stability. Our discussions will cover the relationship between democracy and other values such as equality, efficiency, justice, freedom of thought.
(Crosslisted as IIPS 34517)

--Language classes including Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and Hebrew are available at
Polis Institute.
--Additional courses across the disciplines are offered through Hebrew University.

The program is open to qualified sophomores and juniors. Candidates should have a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, must demonstrate adaptability to new situations. Non-Notre Dame students may apply for participation through this site.

Special Opportunities
Beyond their coursework in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, program participants will have the opportunity to visit local NGO's, engage with local religious, political, and civil societies leaders, and traverse much of the Holy Land. Some highlights include:

  • Christian holy sites in Nazareth and around the Sea of Galilee
  • Tel Aviv / Jaffa
  • Ramallah
  • Hebron
  • The Dead Sea
  • Jordan, including Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum

Housing and Meals
All students in the Jerusalem Global Gateway program will live in  shared apartments at the Gateway. Each apartment has a kitchen and shared bathrooms. Meals are offered at the Gateway but students also have the option to cook for themselves or to use a meal stipend to eat elsewhere. During the program excursions, some meals are provided.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

An Israeli issued student visa is needed for semester-long study in Jerusalem. It is important to obtain or update your passport as soon as possible so that once accepted NDI can help you with the visa process.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.