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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
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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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

Tourism in Jordan is big business generating 1/8th of the gross domestic product in 2010. Every year thousands of locals and foreigners visit sites spanning the breadth of history. Visiting the past has both positive and negative consequences resulting in ongoing debates surrounding how best to present the past to the public, the meaning of the past in the present, and the role of sites, monuments, and archaeology for tourism in Jordan.

During our visit we will discuss issues such as current threats to cultural heritage, the roles of public opinion and tourism in the protection and interpretation of cultural heritage, impacts of development, questions of authenticity and identity, international law, ethics, and emerging and non-traditional areas of the field.

Even though modern Jordan is a young country, it has a diverse legacy of cultural heritage, which attests to its rich history as a crossroads of civilizations, both ancient and modern. During this visit we will explore the use of the past in this modern Middle Eastern nation state. We will discover the archaeology, cultures, geography, and history of Jordan with excursions to Petra, the Amman Citadel, Mount Nebo and Madaba, the Dead Sea, the Greco-Roman cities of Jerash and Umm Qais, Medieval castles, Iron Age copper mines, and the modern city of Amma


* LSP 112 - Touring the Past: Archaeology, Museums, and World Heritage in Jordan, taught by Dr. Morag Kersel, explores ongoing debates on the meaning of the past for the present, the implications of understandings of history for peoples and nations, and the role of sites, monuments and archaeology for tourism. Using Jordan, this is an introduction to the issues involved with studies of heritage, tourism, and archaeology.

Students will also receive two credit hours for ANT 397- Travel/Study.

* In place of LSP 112, Honors students receive credit for HON 102 - History in Global Contexts.

**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 10 days in Jordan we will be based at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (http://acorjordan.org/index.php/en/), we will spend one night in a traditional Bedouin tent, and then the remainder of the trip will be at a hotel in Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra. We will experience traditional Jordanian food, drink lots of tea, and be treated to the famous Jordanian hospitality.


Extracurricular Activities and Cultural Events

We will meet with Jordanian cultural heritage professionals to discuss the challenges of presenting the past to the public. Site visits include a dip in the Dead Sea; the wonders of prehistoric, Crusader, and Nabataean Petra; the modern city of Amman; Jerash and Umm Qais; and the desert castles.



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.


Morag Kersel
Dr. Morag Kersel
Department of Anthropology

Morag Kersel is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University. She is interested in the prehistory and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, cultural heritage policy, and archaeological tourism. She has excavated and conducted field research in Canada, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.