DePaul University believes students should get an early start with their global education, to begin acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help prepare them for lives and careers in our increasingly globalized world. FY@broad programs are designed specifically for first-year students and are just one of many international learning experiences for DePaul students. The programs combine first-year coursework with a short study abroad experience at the end of the quarter, where students and the faculty who taught their class then travel abroad for 8-12 days to visit sites they have been studying. Note: While priority is given to first-year students, sophomores may apply if they were unable to complete their Focal Point Seminar in their first year.
Video courtesy of Ronan Morrissey.
This Focal Point Seminar and First-Year study abroad program looks at the many reasons people travel and write about their experiences. Our particular focus will be on travel literature about The Republic of Ireland. What is it that makes people want to travel to there? How is it imagined in our minds, and what do we hope to find when we go there? These are some of the questions we will be asking, as we read classic and contemporary pieces of travel writing during the classroom portion of the class. We will read, and of course, write, about the journey we will take to Ireland and the journeys you have taken.
The travel portion of the course will take students to Ireland, to experience and retrace some of the very steps of those travel writers, as we explore Ireland on our own. We will visit the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway, plus the charming coastal village of Doolin. We'll visit sites such as historic Trinity College, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Monastery, castles, museums, and other important Irish landmarks. We will have guest lecturers, discover remnants of early Irish history, and explore the stunning beauty of Ireland, as we write and reflect upon this travel experience.
Barbara Schaffer is a faculty member at DePaul University who has taken many students to countries in Europe and North Africa. She loves traveling with students as they explore new places and grow as scholars through this experience.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Travel Literature
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
This course explores Ireland’s rich historical and cultural traditions through the lens of travel literature. Students will read, write, and discuss the rich body of travel literature of one of the most beautiful and historically complex countries in the world. With this foundation, students will travel to Ireland, visiting the sites and landscapes that writers describe.
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for an Honors Fine Arts Elective.
LSP 250: Travel/Study
2 credit hours
This is the two-credit course associated with the travel portion of the FY@broad program.
The prerequisite for this study abroad program is WRD 103 (or HON 100 for Honors Program students). Exceptions will be considered for students enrolling in WRD 103 (or HON 100) during the same quarter as the study abroad program coursework—if this will be the case for you, be sure to clearly indicate this in your study abroad application. Students with AP Language and Composition credit typically will have already received course credit for WRD 103.
Note: Just as with any application submitted to Study Abroad, a completed application does not guarantee program admittance. Any students not admitted to the FY@broad program will need to register for one of the other Focal Point Seminars offered that does not include a study abroad component.
Students stay in hotels for the majority of the program, along with a stay in a traditional Irish bed & breakfast during their visit to Doolin.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Note: There are specific FY@broad scholarships available, and students are strongly encouraged to apply for the FY@broad scholarship by the application deadline. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.
DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the FY@broad Ireland program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.
Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
Have plenty of money with you and a way to get more money in case you run out.
Don’t forget to let your bank know the duration and location of your trip.
Make sure you have your phone service set up to be abroad.
Pack so you’re prepared for everything, but try to pack as light as possible. There is a lot of walking and lugging around suitcases and lifting them on and off buses, trains, and sidewalks.
Double check that you have EVERYTHING before you leave a hotel or city. Make a list of everything you brought and go through it every time you leave for a different town.
Be sure to complete the journal assignment daily so you do not spend the plane ride home trying to do them all at once.
Bring medicine for headaches, throat aches, and stomach issues. Also, make sure you get enough sleep and take care of yourself.
Branch out to everyone in your class.
Bring warm clothes and raingear, as it can get very chilly and wet. The weather in Ireland is often unpredictable.
Keep your passport in your lodging while going on daytime excursions to be sure that you don't lose it.
Be open to conversation. The Irish are very outgoing, easy-going people who will most likely be open to conversation if you are. Bonding with locals will really enrich your experience!
If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:
DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
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NOTE: The faculty Program Director(s) will be conducting short interviews with all applicants, to meet them in-person before making final acceptance decisions. Faculty will be in contact with all applicants around the time of the application deadline to schedule these required interviews.