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.
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Saint Francis of Assisi changed his world -- and invites us to do the same! In this Focal Point Seminar, students will discover the young man from Assisi, Italy who became a powerful peacemaker and spread a new way of life throughout the society of his time. We will get to know and learn from this spiritual pioneer whose compassion for others, love for the earth, and work for peace and reconciliation has inspired people everywhere for the last eight centuries.
Together, we will embark on an exciting pilgrimage—first, by studying the moving life and work of Saint Francis during a spring Focal Point Seminar at DePaul University, and then by retracing the saint's steps in Italy in June, by visiting places where he built his movement of peace and spiritual transformation, including in Rome and Assisi.
Together, students and faculty will visit sites that ring with the spirit of Saint Francis in Assisi and Rome. Students will visit the Vatican, where Saint Francis received approval to establish the Franciscan order. Students will also take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside, just as Saint Francis did. The program will explore the life and world of Saint Francis, study the power of pilgrimage, sharpen our own knowledge and skills as peacemakers, and experience the beauty and excitement of Italy!
Ken Butigan, Ph.D. teaches at DePaul and has been making social change for many years. He has led peacemaking programs in Australia, helped launch the Nonviolent Peaceforce in India, studied at Oxford University, did his doctorate in pilgrimage studies, and has facilitated over 100 workshops in active nonviolence.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: St. Francis of Assisi's Pilgrimige of Peace
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:15 PM (LPC)
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
Saint Francis of Assisi changed his world -- and invites us to do the same! This Focal Point Seminar and First Year study abroad program in Rome and Assisi, Italy will explore the life and world of Saint Francis, study the power of pilgrimage, sharpen peacemaking skills, and experience the beauty and excitement of Italy!
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts.
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 will stay in shared accommodations in hotels and student residence halls in Assisi and Rome.
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 Italy 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:
Be open to doing and seeing whatever sites and attractions are available, but also be OK going with the flow, sticking with a group, and having a great time exploring.
When shopping in a foreign country, never feel like you are obliged to make a purchase or feel like you owe it to the salesperson because of how enticing/friendly they are.
Start every day with a positive attitude, but also be prepared for the worst (weather, distance of walking, etc.)
Get to know your classmates, it can make the trip much more enjoyable.
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.