DePaul University believes that students should start on the path to global citizenry early, hoping to open new doors to the world and help students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that 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 students while at DePaul. FY@broad programs combine first-year coursework with travel abroad to enhance students' learning about particular topics. At the end of the designated course, students then travel abroad with the faculty who taught the course, as well as a staff professional, spending approximately 7-10 days visiting the sites they studied in the course. Note: While priority is given to first-year students on the FY@broad programs, sophomores may also apply if they were unable to complete the Focal Point Seminar in their first year due to inflexible class scheduling in their major.
Video courtesy of Ronan Morrissey.
For this program, students will look at the many reasons people travel and write about their experiences. We will read, and of course, write, about the journey we will take to Ireland and the journeys you have taken. Our particular focus will be on travel literature on 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. And then, we will experience and retrace some of the very steps of those travel writers, as we explore Ireland on our own. We'll visit sites such as Trinity College, Doolin (the center of traditional music), Sligo (the center of “Yeats country”), and more. We will have guest lecturers, explore remnants of early Irish history, and stay in a castle, to name a few of our activities.
Barbara Schaffer is a professor in Women's and Gender Studies who has taken many students to other countries in Europe and North Africa. She loves traveling with students as they explore new places and grow as scholars through this experience. She is also the Associate Vice President of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at DePaul.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Travel Literature
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
TTh 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM (LPC)
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.
ANT 397: 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.
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.
Make an effort to interact with locals, as they often have very interesting stories they’re willing to share.
Be sure to complete the journal assignment daily, so you’re not spending the entire plane ride home trying to do it all at once.
Bring medicine for headaches, throat aches, and stomach issues.
Branch out to everyone in your class.
Bring warm clothes and raingear, as it can get very chilly and wet.
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.
Dates / Deadlines:
Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.