Global education opportunities are powerful learning tools that surround a student with a particular culture and intense experience. Through local, national and international immersion experiences, students will be empowered to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings to build global perspective, cultural competency and cultural fluency. Learn more about Notre Dame's Global Education Program here.

NDSJ Global Education Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to experience culture, service, and language through a variety of unique local, national and global trip offerings. From rebuilding neighborhoods and snacking on beignets in New Orleans to serving the underprivileged while learning about the Tenderloin's storied history in San Francisco, there is a trip for everyone!

Traditionally, Notre Dame offers 7 justice and leadership immersion trips on an annual basis during the school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ND is suspending all student travel until summer 2021 with the exception of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, which will be held virtually. There are also 5 cultural immersion trips due to embark in the summer of 2021 that are still proceeding as planned and interested students can email the faculty member in charge of the trip for more information. The travel landscape will be reevaluated in January 2021 and any updates or trip additions will be posted here and in the Student Announcements as they become available.

2020-21 Immersion Trips

Trip Name and Type Location Date Grade Levels Maximum
Cost Application Process
Leadership Immersion            
Ignatian Family Teach-In
for Justice
Virtual October 24-25, 2020 10, 11 & 12 n/a $40 Registration Closed
Trip Name and Type Location Date Faculty Contact Email Approx. Cost Application Process
Cultural/Language Immersion            
Quito/Galapagos Islands Ecuador/Galapagos
June 2021 Tony Lecheler alecheler@


Email faculty

Italy/Greece Italy/Greece June 2021 Hilary Orr



Email faculty

Tanzania Tanzania June 2021 Nicki Pfaff npfaff@
$5,255 Email faculty
Japan Exchange Japan June 2021 Amy Huang ahuang@
$3,500 Email faculty

Berlin Global Leadership Summit

Iceland/Germany July 2-12, 2021 Nicki Pfaff npfaff@


Email faculty

2020 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Information

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is the largest annual Catholic social justice conference in the U.S. Traditionally, six ND students travel to Washington, D.C. for the event, sightseeing, and other activities like having lunch with D.C. area alums. This year, the conference will be held virtually and this will give many more of our student leaders a chance to experience the content, which features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, prayer, group activities, and reflection time.

The virtual conference is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors and students can attend any of the sessions during the conference from:

Saturday, October 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 25: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the sessions attended, students can submit those hours for their Community Service Learning requirements for the year and receive up to 17 hours. There is also optional on-demand conference content released each day from October 19-23 that will be available for you to download and includes keynotes, student speakers, student-led workshops, and prayers.

Please email Cara Borromei with any questions at

Annual Justice/Leadership Immersion Trips

Click the links below to find out more information about the 7 trips that Notre Dame traditionally offers on a yearly basis. It is our goal to be able to run these trips again safely in the 2021-22 school year.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Washington, D.C.
Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles
Neighborhood Plunge
Urban Plunge: San Francisco/Tenderloin
Central Coast Plunge
Urban Plunge: New Orleans
Sisters in El Salvador

Cultural/Language Immersion Trips

The following trips are traditionally offered every 2-3 years. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

South Africa
Costa Rica