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. From Tantur, there is a magnificent view of beautiful and historic sights. To the south are the church spires and minarets of Bethlehem and other surrounding Palestinian villages. To the north spreads the city of Jerusalem, its Old City walls only a 15-minute drive away, and to the east a jumble of hills falls off into the Jordan Valley. The Jerusalem Global Gateway is ideally situated for taking advantage of numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment.
Participants enroll in a three-credit course taught by the Jerusalem Global Gateway Academic Director, Robert Smith. The course content is enriched by a wide variety of excursions, allowing students to experience the depth and complexity of life in Jerusalem as a site of religious, historical and political significance. Students are challenged to deepen their worldview through engagement with a wide variety of perspectives, and have the unique opportunity to visit local NGO's, meet with political and religious leaders, and traverse much of the Holy Land.
Program Dates: May 19 - June 9, 2018
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THEO 24846 Three Faiths, Two Peoples: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land (Taught at the 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)
- Arrive in Jerusalem on May 19
- Four day dual-narrative tour of Tel Aviv/Jaffa, Nazareth, Galilee, Bethlehem
- Check in to the Jerusalem Global Gateway for coursework and excursions
- Trip to Jordan: Amman, Petra, and camping in the Wadi Rum desert
- Depart Jerusalem June 9
- Students in all colleges are eligible to participate in the Jerusalem Summer Program.
- Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply.
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. All meals are provided at the Tantur Dining Hall, but students also have the option to cook for themselves. During program excursions, all meals are covered by the Gateway.
The cost for the Summer 2018 Jerusalem Programs is approximately $4700
The program fee covers:
- group excursions
- health insurance
- membership in nearby gym
Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.
Information and application procedures are available on the Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of students, faculty and staff are a top priority for Study Abroad. The Jerusalem Global Gateway has a strong set of security protocols and procedures in place, including regular consultation with a broad network of resources and specialists. Notre Dame International is confident that such protocols are able to respond effectively to any security concerns in context. Students receive a detailed orientation upon arrival, aimed at briefing students on the security environment and training them on the Gateway's protocols. All of this helps us to develop a security-minded culture and rich learning environment.
- Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office
- Provide ONE FACULTY academic recommendation (Non-ND students only)
- Provide ONE STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR approval (Non-ND students only)
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.
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