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  • Locations: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Recommended GPA: 2.5
Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
Program Description:

Beirut, Lebanon is a vibrant, charming, multicultural, and multilingual city. Two decades after the end of the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut bears literal and metaphoric scars and is filled with energy, development, and artistic exploration. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, in close proximity to historic and cultural sites around Lebanon, Beirut offers a welcoming introduction to the Middle East and the opportunity to be inspired by literature, art, music, and cuisine.
Beirut, Lebanon: City as Character begins with a 4-credit literature course in winter quarter, in which students will explore literary constructions of both Chicago and Beirut. During this course, DePaul students will begin a collaboration with peers at the American University of Beirut that will continue face-to-face during our spring break visit to Lebanon. Travel excursions will include tours of various Beirut neighborhoods and sites, as well as day trips to the Bekaa Valley and the historic cities of Baalbek, Byblos, and Saida.
While in Lebanon, students will gather material for a multi-media travel narrative to be produced during a 2-credit creative writing course in spring quarter. No prior creative writing experience is required.

Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain and the forthcoming essay collection Like Love. She teaches literature, creative writing, and travel writing courses and has led past study abroad programs to Madrid, Spain and India. She is Chair of the Department of English at DePaul.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:

Course ENG 272: Literature and Identity: City as Character
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2020
Class meeting times T/TH 4:20-5:50pm
Liberal Studies domain Arts and Literature (A/L)
Taught by Professor Michele Morano
Course description This course will orient students to literature in which cities function as characters, offering students an opportunity to reflect on the identity of Chicago and to learn about the history and contemporary life of Beirut. The course will utilize a 4-week GLE collaboration with students at the American University Beirut during winter quarter, followed by face-to-face meetings with these same students during the travel portion of the program.
Course ENG 198: Creative Writing Up Close: Travel Writing
Credits 2 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Class meeting times T/TH 4:20-5:50pm
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Professor Michele Morano
Course description This course will guide students through the process of reflecting on their travel to Beirut and drafting, workshopping, and revising a piece of travel writing about their experiences in that city. Students will build on the camaraderie and shared experience abroad, as well as on the literary techniques studied and utilized in ENG 272/ENG 379, to capture an element of Beirut’s identity on the page. Final travel writing projects may include written and multi-media accounts of authors interacting with the city. A final reflective essay will offer the opportunity for sharing insights into both the GLE collaboration of winter quarter and the time spent in country.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Accommodations will be in a travel hostel in Hamra, a neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops, within short walking distance of American University of Beirut and the seaside.

This trip offers a unique opportunity to collaborate and socialize with peers in another country. In addition to class lessons, discussions, and projects, students will meet with local writers, translators, and artists in Beirut and will become familiar with Lebanese history, culture, food, and hospitality. We will visit prehistoric settlements at Byblos, Roman and Phoenician ruins in Baalbek, the Crusader Castle and narrow, winding streets of the marketplace (“souks”) of Saida, and the picturesque farming region of the Bekaa Valley.


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.

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 Lebanon: City as Character 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.

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.