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FY@broad Ireland: International Travel for First Year Students
Cork, Ireland; Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Tralee, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: First-year
Living Arrangements: Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: WRD 103 Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point
Program Description:
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 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 member who taught the course, as well as a staff professional, spending approximately 10 days visiting the very sites they have read and written about 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.


IrelandFor this program, students will look at the many reasons people travel and write about their experiences. We will read, and of course, write, about the journey we will take to Dublin and the journeys you have taken.  Our particular focus will be on travel literature on County Dublin (Réigiúin Átha Cliath) - Dublin and its environs. What is it that makes people want to travel to there? How is it imagined in our minds, and what do we hope to find when we go there? These are some of the questions we will be asking, as we read classic and contemporary pieces of travel writing during the classroom portion of the class. We will explore Celtic Ireland in story and in reality, the image of the "Celtic Tiger," and its cultural and social influences on travelers of all sorts, and the writings of those whose roots remain there.

And then... we will experience and retrace some of those very steps of those travel writers, as we explore Dublin on our own. We'll visit sites such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the Dublin Writers Museum, the National Museum, and more. We will have guest lectures from experts in the field of travel writing and tourism, and we will take day trips to the sites of pre-historic Ireland, to name a few of our activities.


Barbara SchafferBarbara Schaffer is a professor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Let me introduce myself: I am Prof. Barbara Schaffer, a faculty member who has taken many students to other countries in Europe and North Africa. And, I've traveled to many others for work or with my family. I love traveling with students as they explore new places and grow as scholars through this experience. For this program, I will be teaching a Focal Point Seminar titled Imagining Ireland: Travel Literature. In this course, we will look at the many reasons people travel and write about their experiences. I can't wait to go, and I hope you will join us in this unique opportunity to experience study abroad as a first year student at DePaul. Please feel free to contact me at 773-325-7496 or via e-mail with any questions you may have.


Course: LSP 112: Imagining Ireland: Travel Literature (4 credits, spring quarter)
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Spring 2017
Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point
Taught by: Professor Barbara Schaffer
Course Description: This course explores Ireland’s rich historical and cultural traditions through the lens of travel literature. Students will read, write, and discuss the rich body of travel literature of one of the most beautiful and historically complex countries in the world.  With this foundation, students will travel to Ireland, visiting the sites and landscapes that writers describe.
Additional course information: Honors Program students will receive credit for an Honors Fine Arts Elective.

Course: ANT 397: Travel/Study
Credits: 2 credit hours
Term registered: Spring 2017
Course Description: Students will also receive two credit hours for the travel portion of the course. 

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.

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.

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.


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 for Spring Break or Summer.  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 countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, most students on the FY@broad Ireland program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Scott Ozaroski.

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.