International Opportunities

Notre Dame offers many international opportunities for students.

For information about future pilgrimages, please visit Campus Ministry's website.

Highlighted below are past opportunities to study topics of theological interest outside the country.


  • poland_1John Paul II University, Lublin, Poland

    Poland: Fall Break, 2015
Over Fall break, 2015, 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 one-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; 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.
  • The Holy Land: Fall Break 2015
Over Fall Break, Prof. Gary Knoppers will accompany students on a historical and theological journey through the Holy Land. Explorations will take two complementary forms. One involves visiting the remarkably different regions, such as Galilee, the Mediterranean coast, the central hill country, the Judean desert, and the Jordan River valley, that collectively constitute the land. The second involves exploring firsthand what archaeologists and historians have discovered about important sites, such as Bethlehem, Beth Shean, Capernaum, Jerusalem (including the City of David, the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), Masada, Megiddo (biblical Armageddon), Nazareth, and Qumran (site of the Dead Sea Scrolls). Visiting these regions, places, and holy shrines will bring to life the land of the Bible, as well as the history of early Judaism and early Christianity. 
Prior to Fall Break (October 18–26, 2015), there will be a series of two or three preparatory on-campus meetings in which students will be introduced to relevant places in the Holy Land and prepare themselves for the journey overseas. Following the trip, the course will conclude with one final meeting in which students will offer final reflections, detailing their personal learning and growth from this overseas experience. For more information and to sign up, email Prof. Knoppers at

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 Department. Contact Undergraduate Coordinator Allison Collins at

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.