International Opportunities

Notre Dame offers many international opportunities for students. Highlighted below are opportunities to study topics of theological interest outside the country.


  • poland_1John Paul II University, Lublin, Poland

    Poland: Fall Break, 2014
Over Fall break, 2014, Prof. David Fagerberg is taking a group of undergraduate students to the University where John Paul II taught for 25 years: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski (KUL)
This will be in conjunction with a 1-credit Theology course titled "The Church in Poland, Iconography, and John Paul II on the Human Person" (Theo 30861).
No other Church in the Latin Catholic world engages icons the way the Church in Poland does; and the icon expresses "the person fully alive, in holiness;" and John Paul II writes about what it means to be fully human. These three themes come together in this course.
The class will meet several times before leaving in order to read essays on iconography and by John Paul II. Then KUL faculty will give lectures on the Church in Poland during communism, Polish history, theology, and spirituality. Students will meet a former student of Karol Wojtyla, and the Catholic and Orthodox Archbishops. They will travel to famous sites (among them being Wlodawa and Jableczna Monasteries, the state museum at Majdanek, the Wawel castle in Krakow, the State Museum of Auschwitz, the shrine at Czestochowa, and Warsaw). The total cost per student will be $1,400, thanks to a generous grant from the Nanovic Center.
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Study Abroad:

Theology courses are offered through a number of the study abroad programs run by the Office of International Studies at Notre Dame.  A listing of those courses which meet the university requirement for a course in the "Development of Theology" can be found here.  Requests for approval of a new course to meet a university requirement, or to count as a theology elective (THEO 4xxxx), should be made with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Students should keep in mind that only one of the two university requirements in theology may be taken away from Notre Dame’s campus (whether domestic or abroad).  One further course can be taken away from Notre Dame’s campus and counted towards the minor; two further courses can be taken away from Notre Dame’s campus and counted towards the major; four further courses can be taken away from Notre Dame’s campus and counted towards the joint major.