An intellectual and spiritual oasis within the region, the University of Notre Dame at Tantur is a community of students, faculty, scholars, and pilgrims who seek to deepen their worldview by experiencing firsthand the richness and complexity of life in the Middle East.

The University of Notre Dame at Tantur (UNDT), home of the Jerusalem Global Gateway undergraduate program and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, collaborates with academic, religious, diplomatic, and governmental partners to provide scholarly, social, spiritual and service-learning opportunities. UNDT also hosts conferences, workshops, symposia, and research studies lead by both Notre Dame faculty, international scholars, and local and regional partners making it an ideal choice for short and long-term stays by students, post-docs, and scholars throughout the world.

The University of Notre Dame at Tantur also facilitates the work of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and welcomes clergy, pastoral leaders, scholars and pilgrims to Tantur’s residential community and conference center. Affectionately known as “Tantur,” UNDT is located between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, at a crossroads of diverse cultures, religions, languages, and opportunities.

The origins of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur

Planning for the future, the University embraced a name change; the collective presence is now known as the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, a title that includes the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and the Jerusalem Global Gateway.

Unearthing the past

Over the summer, Notre Dame theology students joined professional archaeologists to look for clues buried in the ancient soil of the Holy Land.

Living stones

Students studying at the University of Notre Dame at Tantur in Jerusalem experience the holy pilgrimage sites, but also much more.

210 undergraduate participants since Gateway founding in 2014

3 universities where students attend class: Hebrew, Bethlehem, and Al-Quds universities

1000s pieces of falafel enjoyed

15 traditional meals cooked by undergraduates