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FY@broad France: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam in Modern Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/01/2017 12/01/2017 03/16/2018 03/25/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: First-year
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hostel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: WRD 103
Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point Seminar
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 7-10 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.


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How have the historical circumstances and narratives that have influenced Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in France served to inform the way these traditions are understood and practiced in 21st century Paris? What are the requirements for building sustainable bridges among individuals and communities associated with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Parisian context, and what are the most effective organizations and individuals doing this work?

This program will explore the modern city of Paris through the lens of three living communities - the Union Liberale de Paris' Copernic Synagogue, Eglise Saint Merry, and La Grande Mosquée de Paris. This trip will give students the opportunity to encounter Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through the eyes of Parisians on the ground as a lens to understanding how people across the European Union negotiate the challenges of living in a 21st century pluralistic Europe. 

At the same time, this trip will examine the roots of the very tangible tensions that currently exist among religious and secular Parsians and the efforts that have been made to address the gulfs which have been forged by French Islamophibia, anti-Semitism and the ongoing conflicts between secular and religious French citizens who are culturally tied to Christianity. These explorations will take place in the context of one of the most important, diverse and culturally vital cities in Europe, whose art, architecture and cuisine continues to inspire generations across the globe.

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.



David Wellman's work focuses on the relationship between religion and diplomacy, ecological ethics and interreligious engagement. He is the author of Sustainable Diplomacy: Ecology, Religion and Ethics in Muslim-Christian Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Sustainable Communities (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2001).  Wellman's writing on diplomacy was used as the basis of two international conferences, whose outcome was the collaborative volume edited by Costas Constantinou and James Der Derian entitled Sustainable Diplomacies (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).  Wellman is a long-time club musician, whose last band, the Seville-based Que Te Pongo?, included musicians from Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United States. His most recent research focuses on political and social integration in the European Union.  He is currently researching and writing a monograph entitled Abrahamic Paris: Building Bridges Among Jews, Christians, Muslims and Atheists in the City of Light, and editing a volume with Noe Cornago of the University of the Basque Country entitled Engaging the Other in Diplomacy: Building Bridges Among Religious and Secular Communities in Europe and Beyond.


All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:

Course: LSP 112: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam in Modern Paris
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Winter 2018
Liberal Studies Domain: Focal Point Seminar
Taught by: David Wellman
Course DescriptionThis course examines the phenomenon of pilgrimage as a religious, cultural, historical and ethical phenomenon in the context of modern Paris, while exploring current efforts being made by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Parisians to build bridges across boundaries of difference. The aim of this course is to explore some of the competing approaches to the work of interreligious engagement and apply these learnings to modern cultural phenomena, work that will prepare students to take their own pilgrimage during their time in Paris. This trip will provide its participants with a cultural experience inaccessible to the typical tourist.  
Additional course information: Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 104: Religious Worldviews and Ethical Perspectives.

Course: ANT 397: Travel/Study
Credits: 2 credits
Term registered: Winter 2018
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.


paris angelWe will be staying at a student residence in the heart of the Marais, next to the Seine across the river from Notre Dame.  This is a superb central location in the heart of the city, placing multiple cafes, restaurants, museums and vibrant neighborhoods within a few minutes walk of your door. 


The emphasis of this trip is on spending time with Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Atheist Parisians across the generational and ethnic spectrum. We will not only eat and travel across the city with our Parisian friends, we will join them in their houses of worship and their favorite neighborhoods and cafes, while we learn from them about their lives, their city and their strategies for building bridges across boundaries of difference. Our travels will take us not only through the neighborhoods you expect to see (the Latin Quarter, Saint Germaine or the Champs Elysee), but also the Jewish Marais, the African-Muslim Gout d'Or and the emerging neighborhoods of the 19th and 20th arrondisements. Students taking this trip will not only meet Rabbis, Priests and Imams, but also scholars, students, musicians, whose lives open new and unique windows into understanding modern Paris.


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 travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the FY@broad France program who are U.S. citizens do not need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements 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 at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.