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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Since opening its doors to the outside world in 1978, no country has climbed the economic ladder as quickly as China. Although this rapid growth has lifted a quarter of a billion people out of poverty and returned China to prominence on the international stage, it has also placed a tremendous strain on the natural environment. In terms of air pollution, sixteen of the twenty most polluted cities in the world are in China. Over two-thirds of Chinese cities suffer from water shortages. The concern of many both inside and outside of China is that the current rate of environmental damage is not sustainable and threatens to reverse many of the achievements of the recent decades. This program will introduce you to China and, in particular, familiarize you with the causes and consequences of China’s environmental challenge. We will visit Beijing, China’s political and cultural capital, whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. During our nine-day stay, we will meet with environmental experts and average citizens so that you can better appreciate the Chinese perspective on environmental protection. We will also explore neighborhoods, visit museums, and tour some of China’s most famous cultural sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. You will leave the program with a better understanding of the world’s most important rising power and the challenges it faces as it seeks to cement its role as a 21st century superpower.
Phillip Stalley is an associate professor of political science and has been at DePaul University since 2007. He teaches courses on a variety of subjects including Chinese politics, environmental politics, and international relations. Prior to joining DePaul, Phillip was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program. Professor Stalley also served as a visiting scholar in the environmental economics department at Fudan University in Shanghai. He is a member of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 PM (LPC)
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
As China seeks to cement its role as a 21st century superpower, it faces many challenges. Among the most important is environmental protection. This Focal Point Seminar and First-Year study abroad program will introduce students to Chinese culture and society and, in particular, familiarize them with the causes and consequences of China’s environmental challenge.
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for an Honors Approved 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 a hotel in a historic district of Beijing.
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, most students on the FY@broad China program WILL need a visa. More information about the visa process will be provided after students have been accepted to the program. 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:
Allow yourself to step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to food, people, culture while still being smart and safe.
Exchange your US Dollars for RMB at the Beijing airport upon arrival.
Bring basic medicines and snacks to eat throughout the day, as there is a lot of physical activity in the program.
Research the environment before leaving so that you are well prepared for cultural differences and are able to ask well-educated questions when in China.
If you are traveling outside of walking distance, take the train as it is the quickest way to get around.
Research the common scams that are usually targeted at tourists and how to avoid them.
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.