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.
There aren’t many cities in the ancient world that have exerted such a cultural influence on our modern world as Rome. This Focal Point Seminar and First-Year study abroad program explores ancient Rome and its cultural legacy throughout history. Rome was not only the capital of a large empire that spanned three continents, it also became the capital of the Catholic Church, as well as the modern day nation of Italy. Even after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city’s influence continues to affect later generations. From the “Holy Roman Empire” of the Middle Ages to the revolutionary era of Alexander Hamilton and Napoleon, and from the Florentine Republic of the Renaissance to Mussolini’s Fascist state, Rome’s influence has persevered and still resonates with us today.
The travel portion of this course will bring students in direct contact with Modern and Ancient Rome, as well the Renaissance city of Florence, a place where the culture of ancient Rome was reborn in the 1400s and beyond. While experiencing all of the charm and buzz of the modern city of Rome, we’ll take trips to the ancient Roman Pantheon, the Colosseum, multiple churches from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, the Vatican, and the ancient Roman city of Ostia. In the bustling little city of Florence, we’ll visit old palazzos, villas, churches, museums, and the Tuscan hilltop town of Fiesole—to see, not only the views, but also the remains of the old Roman town with a near-perfect Roman theater. Students will use the disciplinary approaches of history, political science, and philosophy to understand how the legacy of Rome has permeated throughout history and still affects us today. Note: This program will involve a good deal of walking in potentially hot summer heat in Italy, so students should be prepared for this.
Michael Tafel has been teaching history at DePaul since 2003. Classes include World History, Modern and Medieval Europe, and The Legacy of Rome. Professor Tafel has also taught history classes for Purdue University, Roosevelt University, and Columbia College Chicago. He’s studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University’s Rome Campus. In 2018, he won the Art Institute of Chicago prize for best use of the museum in a Focal Point Seminar, and he gave a lecture at the Monnalisa School in Florence on the history of Italy from ancient Rome to the Renaissance.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: The Legacy of Rome
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
Even after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city’s influence continues to affect later generations. From the “Holy Roman Empire” of the Middle Ages to the revolutionary era of Alexander Hamilton and Napoleon, and from the Florentine Republic of the Renaissance to Mussolini’s Fascist state, Rome’s influence has persevered and still resonates with us today. Students will use the disciplinary approaches of history, political science, and philosophy to understand how the legacy of Rome has permeated throughout history and still affects us today.
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.
Students will stay in shared accommodations in Florence and Rome, either a student residence hall or a hotel.
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 in the Summer 2021 term. 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 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.
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.
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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.