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 Lonnae Hickman.
In 1963, Doctor Who premiered on British television. Over the past half century, the show has changed its focus, style, narrative, genre, and audience multiple times over. For this reason, Doctor Who provides a useful lens through which to view changing patterns of cultural criticism. It is also a program with a huge fan base.
But Doctor Who is more than just a television program with multiple books, comics, web series, fan work, games, and physical locations, it is a multi-media experience. In fact, todays Doctor Who brand is one of the most popular and viable across the world. Doctor Who is historical; Doctor Who is contemporary. Doctor Who teaches us about the way the world has changed over the past half century.
The study abroad portion of this course takes students to London and Cardiff where Doctor Who is made today to understand better the cultural of production and fandom for the show today. Doctor Who is a British national institution, so we will visit sites both specific to the show and also sites with historical and cultural relevance to aspects within the production of the show. Students will hear from guest speakers and scholars, and learn through the physical location of the show.
Given the popularity of Doctor Who both in the US and in the UK, there is no shortage of things to do and see of cultural and historical value that are associated with the show as well. Touring such sites as Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the British Museum, Canary Wharf, Ianto's Shrine, and The Doctor Who Store, students will see the connection between history and culture each of these locations have historical value and have also been heavily featured in Doctor Who. Students will find value in learning about the historical significance of these locations in their own experiences. In turn, this will aid their development as global citizens and informed media viewers. Visiting Cardiff will allow students to get a different perspective on the program and the British community. We will visit the History Museum and the National Museum, which have been used as filming locations for Doctor Who and all of which resonate with cultural history.
See this article from Doctor Who Magazine, featuring faculty member Paul Booth discussing this program (including a photo of the Summer 2016 FY@broad group on page 3).
Paul Booth is an Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication. He is the editor of Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena, and the author of four books: Game Play, Playing Fans, Time on TV, and Digital Fandom. He teaches courses on fandom, digital culture, time travel, narratives, television, and popular culture. And of course, Doctor Who.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Fifty Years of Doctor Who
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:10 - 5:00 PM (Loop)
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
The British television program Doctor Who is more than just a TV show it is a fifty-year snapshot of changing cultures, new technologies, different audiences, and multiple media. Telling the story of an ancient alien time traveler, Doctor Who has been able to reinvent itself over and over again. This course will introduce students to the immense history of the classic and popular series of Doctor Who with an eye towards understanding the relevant historical, cultural, aesthetic, and critical lenses by which we can analyze the show.
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 will stay in shared accommodations in London and in Cardiff. The rooms in London are British-style dormitories and the rooms in Cardiff are in a youth hostel.
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.
A tentative (and non-exhaustive) list of sites to visit: Globe Theatre, Doctor Who Filming Locations, Doctor Who Walking Tour, British Library, British Museum, The Doctor Who Shop, Forbidden Planet, The Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff History Museum, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Castle
A tenative (and non-exhaustive) list of lectures: Robert Shearman, Nick Briggs, Emily Cook, Edward Russell, Dr. Rebecca Williams, Dr. Ross Garner
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 United Kingdom 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:
It is very important to be open-minded and conscious of the way you portray yourself in another country.
Take a lot of photos, because those memories are exciting to look back on.
Use the app Citymapper, which is a GPS/map system that works without a wi-fi/signal connection.
Take time and care with your studies. You are there to study, so enjoy what you’re learning.
Upload your credit card to Apple Pay or the Android equivalent on your phone- Most UK stores have contactless/digital payment and it makes transactions so much easier.
Take along medicines for all types of ailments, just in case.
There is a lot of walking, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes!
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.