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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Jerusalem has always been one of the most coveted cities in the world, although it famously lies on no major road, contains few natural resources, and has but a single perennial spring. In this course we will come to appreciate why. Such an endeavor begins in the classroom, where we will dissect human creations—artifacts, art, architecture, histories, biographies, and graphic novels—and thereby discover a rich tapestry of cultures and the beliefs, rebellions, contributions, and innovations that belong to this place.
The reward of our studies stateside will be an unusually full picture of a city once ruled by the likes of Herod the Great, Abd al-Malik, and Godfrey of Bouillon, once conquered by the likes of Nebuchadnezzar, Titus, and Salah al-Din, and once beautified by the likes of Solomon, Constantine the Great, and Suleiman the Magnificent. But one cannot really know Jerusalem without traveling to it. Thus, our investigation ends in Jerusalem itself, where we will learn what it is to be on the Haram al-Sharif and under the glint of its Dome of the Rock, to stand before the Western Wall and mark its impossibly heavy stones, and to be in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and trace its 900 years of pilgrimage practices. Experiencing very material things such as these in their original albeit constantly-changing context brings to life the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Fatimid, Crusader, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Ottoman, and Modern periods. The result of this particular course, then, will be a nuanced appreciation of a complicated city, one simultaneously exceptional in its situation, historical layers, and sanctity and paradigmatic in its multi-cultural and multi-faith collaborations and conflicts.
Lisa Mahoney is a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. She teaches classes on ancient and medieval art and architecture and publishes on the art and architecture of the Crusader States/Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: The Making of a Holy City
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Mondays & Wednesdays 2:40 PM - 4:10 PM (LPC)
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
This class looks at 3,000 years of life in the city of Jerusalem. In particular, it looks at major historical moments that occasioned surprising creations in this place. We will begin with great biblical kings, and the city they founded and fortified, moving through the magnificent building campaigns of Roman, Christian, and Islamic rule, and end with the modern religious and political conditions that led to the divided city Jerusalem is today, and the way those conditions map onto this space and motivate artistic output. There are few cities in the world like this one, defined by continuous habitation from the earliest moments of human settlement and by literary and material culture of unsurpassed variety and force. We will understand it as such through a revealing combination of primary and secondary materials belonging to the disciplines of archaeology, history, art history, and literature.
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 live in a well-loved, safe, and clean hostel in the center of the city of Jerusalem, within walking distance of major monuments, historical sites, culturally diverse neighborhoods, music venues, and falafel, shwarma, coffee, pastry, and ice cream shops.
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 Jerusalem 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:
While it’s important to stay safe and be with your group, do not be afraid to explore on your own during free time.
There is a lot of walking- be sure to bring comfortable shoes!
Drink lots of water and make sure you are staying healthy.
You will get so much more out of the trip if you take the class seriously and complete the assignments.
Always make sure to know what is in your food, especially if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.
Keep a positive attitude and be supportive of your peers.
Be sure to apply sunscreen, as Jerusalem is much closer to the equator than Chicago.
Learn basic Hebrew and Arabic phrases to assist with communicating with locals.
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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.
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NOTE: The faculty Program Director(s) will be conducting short interviews with all applicants, to meet them in-person before making final acceptance decisions. Faculty will be in contact with all applicants around the time of the application deadline to schedule these required interviews.