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FY@broad Jordan: International Travel for First Year Students
Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Wadi Rum, 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 Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2017 11/01/2016 12/01/2016 03/17/2017 03/26/2017
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: EL, 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.

DePaul students on camels


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. 


Morag Kersel

Morag Kersel is an archaeologist with a doctorate from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age of the eastern Mediterranean and Levant, cultural heritage protection, the built environment, object biographies, museums, and archaeological tourism. Her work combines archaeological, archival and oral history research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting. Currently she is co-director of the Galilee Prehistory Project and the Follow the Pots Project - tracing the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan.


Course: LSP 112: Touring the Past: Archaeology, World Heritage, and Museums in Jordan
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Winter 2017
Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point
Taught by: Professor Morag Kersel
Course Description: Focal Point Seminars provide first-year students with the opportunity to learn how to closely examine a single topic, such as a significant person, place, event, text, idea, or issue. Students discover the complexity of a subject by studying it from the perspectives of multiple disciplines and different fields of inquiry, and by reading and writing extensively about it. Because the class is a seminar, students also debate the topic through lively class discussions. This course is designed to take students on the grand tour of Jordan, visiting a variety of cultural heritage sites, museums, and archaeological excavations and concentrating on how the long and rich Jordanian past is presented to the public. This is an introduction to the issues involved with studies of tourism, heritage, and archaeology.
Additional course information: Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts.

Course: ANT 397: Travel/Study
Credits: 2 credit hours
Term registered: Winter 2017
Liberal Studies Domain: Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by: Professor Morag Kersel
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.

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.


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.


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 (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.


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 Jordan program do need a visa, but this will be handled by DePaul as part of the program planning. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad 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.