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.
Fair trade and ethical trade are both responses to a desire for more ethical principles in commodity sourcing as well as a growing concern about the social conditions under which commodities are produced and distributed. While fair trade and ethical trade share a common commitment to social development, their methods and goals differ, though both can be included under the umbrella term of ethical sourcing. The recent growth in ethical sourcing has captured the attention of both public and businesses: the fair trade market accounts for $400 million in retail sales each year in Europe and the U.S. (US Fair Trade Federation). Can consumers be confident that this increase in ethically sourced commodities is leading to core labor rights and human rights standards to those who produce food bearing some type of ethically sourced label? What do the different labels mean? How are guidelines different for ethical trade and fair trade? How does ethical sourcing use my money to improve the lives of those who produce what we purchase?
There are also efforts like the Workers Rights Consortium, Corporate Social Responsibility, supplier codes of conduct, sustainability coordinators, and many more. As part of this course, students will compare and contrast the sourcing of common items and identify alternatives to the current system of production that improve upon the current social and environmental externalities. They will look at what economic, social, and political systems facilitate improvement upon the current system as well as the trade-offs. For example, how do free market forces compare with protectionist regulations? Who wins and loses in each of these systems?
As a FY@broad course, we will have the opportunity to go to the source of our commodities to talk with individuals on the ground who are affected by these activities, as well as those who are the part of alternative systems of trade (ex: Manos Amigos—fair trade cooperative of artisan groups in and around Lima, coffee co-operatives). We will hear the stories and see the work of those who work in agriculture and create handicrafts for the global market.
During the time in Peru, we will visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world. We will experience traditional Peruvian food and drink and you may have an opportunity to enjoy guinea pig—a traditional Peruvian delicacy. We will travel from Lima to locations that may include Aguas Calientes (the launching point for Machu Picchu), Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Chichubamba (to meet some local farmers). We will explore Peru's diverse history throughout the trip, and students will enjoy a free day in Lima where they can try parasailing, swimming with sea lions, bike rides, or just relaxing by the ocean.
Christie Klimas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies. Her research brings together ecology and economics, in urban and tropical settings, to address questions of sustainable resource use. Due to the economic drivers underlying resource use, economic knowledge is an essential component of sustainability. From valuing tropical forests to quantifying the benefits of urban green space, a commonality in her research interests is working toward ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable resource management.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Chocolate, Coffee, & the Ethics of Global Production
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM (LPC)
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
In our global marketplace, consumption can have negative impacts that are often hidden, including undesirable social practices (e.g., child labor, displacement of native populations) and environmental degradation (e.g., pollution, deforestation). Fair and ethical trade are both responses to a desire for more ethical principles in global sourcing as well as a growing concern about the social conditions under which commodities are produced. Students will compare production of chocolate, coffee and handicrafts with the same ethically sourced items. Visits to fair trade production facilities in Lima will allow students to follow the supply chain to its source to explore alternatives that work to alleviate poverty via economic activity. We will also explore broader questions of ethics in global production standards. During the ten days in Peru, we will travel from Lima to locations that include Cusco, the sacred valley, Machu Picchu, and artisan workshops for producing fair trade jewelry, painted glass, weaving, and carved gourds. Accommodations include hotels and retreat centers. We will experience traditional Peruvian food and drink, including guinea pig.
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts.
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.
Accommodations include hotels and a Catholic conference center/residence/garden complex within the Lima neighborhood of Barranco.
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 Peru 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:
Pack light and bring warm clothes.
Brush up on your Spanish. Knowing some phrases in Spanish will be helpful, and you'll be able to interact with the locals a lot more.
Use Uber, because it already tells the driver the destination, and it may be hard to communicate if using a taxi.
Take along skin lotion, chapstick, medicine, and toilet paper.
Be conscious of your health, and watch out for altitude sickness or catching a cold, in particular.
Make sure you are carrying water when going on day trips, and watch out for dehydration.
Try to get to know your classmates, so you can better connect while traveling.
Most places are generally safe, but always be cautious walking around.
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.