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FY@broad Jordan: International Travel for First Year Students
Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Wadi Faynan, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
Click for Tuition + Program Fee Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 11/01/2015 12/01/2015 03/16/2016 03/25/2016
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: First-year
Living Arrangements: Lodge, Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: WRD 103 Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point
Program Description:

DePaul students on camelsDePaul University believes that students should start on the path to global citizenry early. We hope 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 to enhance students' learning about particular topics. At the end of their winter quarter program class, students travel with one of DePaul's outstanding and internationally experienced faculty to see the very sites they've read and written about in the course. Travel takes place during spring break, lasts approximately 7-10 days, and is worth an additional 2 credit hours. 

Please 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.

Program Description

The land of Jordan is thus an excellent case study for exploring the myriad ways we can study the human experience over the long term.  While the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a modern development—its  borders were drawn, negotiated, and contested in a series of well-known events of the twentieth century—the land area found within these modern borders contains physical remains of many major currents of human history and development.  Within these borders, early humans domesticated plants, Bronze-age societies built megalithic burial structures, the early Hebrews caught their first sight of their promised land,  the Nabataeans carved enormous tombs into the red sandstone cliffs of Petra, the Hellenistic Greeks and later the empire-building Romans built cities and commercial empires, the Byzantine Christians built churches and monasteries to commemorate the major events and people of early Christianity, the first Muslims conquered  and brought Arab-Islamic culture, Crusaders built castles to defend their Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Ottomans incorporated its resources into their large empire, and the modern currents of imperialism and nationalism—whether based in currents of Jewish, Arab, or Muslim thought—buffeted the region in the twentieth century.  After studying this long narrative in our Focal Point Seminar, we will fly to Jordan to explore the locations where these events happened. We will draw upon the disciplinary approaches of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Geography, History, and Religious Studies to help us to understand what we are studying, seeing, and exploring.  


During the Winter Quarter 2016, students will be registered for the four credit hour course, LSP 112, Crypts and Castles: Jordan in World History, taught by Dr. Warren Schultz.* 
*For students in the Honors program, they will receive credit for HON 102, History in Global Contexts.
For the Spring Break excursion, students will receive two credit hours for ANT 397, Travel/Study.

**Please note that the prerequisite for this program is WRD 103. Exceptions will be considered for students enrolling in WRD 103 for Winter Quarter and have a completed Study Abroad application. However, just as with any application submitted to Study Abroad, a completed application does not guarantee program admittance. Please email Kristen Ware, kware3@depaul.edu, to inform her of your intent to pursue an exception.

***Honors students must complete HON 100 as a prerequisite for this program. Please note: If you have AP Language and Composition credit, you will already have course credit for WRD 103.

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.

Living Arrangements

During the first half of our stay in Jordan we will be based at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)   in the capital city of Amman (http://acorjordan.org/index.php/en/). After that we will spend one night in a Bedouin camp and then the remainder of our nights will be at a hotel in Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra.  


Extracurricular Activities and Cultural Events

Site visits include but are not limited to the biblical site of Mt Nebo, the Roman city of Jerash, the Islamic desert palaces of Amra and Kharrana, Crusader-era castles at Shobak and Ajlun, the modern city of Amman, and two days amidst the Nabataean wonders of Petra. We will also have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


Students interested in this program may apply for Short-Term Program and FY@broad scholarships. For more scholarship information, please click here.


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, students on the FY Jordan program DO 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 Kristen Ware at kware3@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.


Warren Schultz
Department of History
Professor Schultz is a historian who specializes in the Middle East. He started at DePaul in 1995.  He has been travelling and studying in the region since 1985.   2016 will be the sixth time he has directed this Jordan program, and he has also co-directed DePaul programs to Istanbul, Turkey as well as a multi-city program in Morocco. If you have any questions or concerns about the Jordan program, feel free to contact him at wschultz@depaul.edu.

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