Start down the path to global citizenship early! FY@broad programs are study abroad programs designed for first-year students which combine travel with a Focal Point Seminar—a required course for most first-year students.
Each year, a selection of FY@broad programs are offered, visiting various destinations around the world and focused on different academic themes. Programs either have coursework in the winter quarter (with travel during spring break) or coursework in the spring quarter (with travel at the start of the summer, in mid-late June). Different programs are offered each year—here are the FY@broad programs for the 2019-20 academic year:
SPRING BREAK 2020 (coursework during winter quarter & travel during spring break)
SUMMER 2020 (coursework during spring quarter & travel at start of summer)
How do FY@broad programs work?
FY@broad programs are designed to let you be on campus during the quarter taking your regular classes, with a short 8-12 day study abroad experience either during spring break or at the start of the summer. You will take a 4-credit Focal Point Seminar class (LSP 112) during either winter quarter or spring quarter—a required course for most first-year students. You'll participate in that class during the quarter, as you learn about the topic and prepare for the study abroad portion of the course. The travel abroad happens immediately following the end of the class, either during spring break or in late June. (Note: You will also be registered in an additional 2-credit ANT 397 class that relates to the travel abroad.)
How much do FY@broad programs cost?
Each program has a program fee, which includes the cost of flights, accommodations, activities, some meals, travel insurance, and other program expenses. The program fee for most of the FY@broad programs is in the range of $2,400-$3,200. In addition to the program fee, you will also pay your regular tuition for the 6 credits of coursework (as long as you stay at 18 credits or less for the quarter, there are no additional tuition charges).
Are there scholarships available?
Applicants to most DePaul study abroad programs may apply for a DePaul Study Abroad Scholarship. There is special scholarship funding available for students doing an FY@broad program, and there is also specific funding for students of color and first-generation students. Simply complete the scholarship questionnaire when filling out you
r program application. More information can be found on the DePaul Study Abroad Scholarships page
When are the application deadlines?
Programs with classwork during winter quarter and travel during spring break have an application deadline of November 1
. Programs with classwork during spring quarter and travel in late June have an application deadline of February 1
. The scholarship application is included as part of the program application and is also due by those same deadlines.
How do I get registered for my FY@broad LSP 112 class?
You are not able to register in the FY@broad Focal Point Seminar (LSP
112) yourself—Study Abroad will register you in the class (and the
2-credit ANT 397 class) after you have been accepted and have decided to
participate in the FY@broad program. If you would like to register in a
backup "normal" Focal Point Seminar yourself (in case you do not end up
participating in an FY@broad program), feel free to do so. You will
then be withdrawn from that course after you have accepted your spot in the FY@broad program, so Study
Abroad can register you in the FY@broad section of LSP 112.
What if I'm not required to take LSP 112 as part of my program/major?
Honors students and students in some majors are not required to take the LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar that is a part of the FY@broad program. However:
- Honors students are encouraged to apply! Each FY@broad program fulfills an Honors course requirement, so Honors students who participate will get Honors credit instead of LSP 112 credit. The web page for each program indicates which Honors requirement that particular program fulfills.
- For students whose major doesn't require them to take LSP 112, the class may often be able to count as an elective. Speak with your academic advisor about how this would work and whether participating in the FY@broad program is a possibility.
What if I'm interested in different study abroad options?
DePaul offers a wide variety of study abroad options, including short-term programs of 1-3 weeks in length and term-long programs where you can study abroad for a quarter or longer. There are over 40 destination countries around the world, with over 70 programs to choose from. Go to the program search page
to start looking for the right program for you.
Will it take me longer to graduate if I study abroad?
In many cases, no! The key is to start planning early—
ideally in your first year at DePaul. Attend a Study Abroad 101 session
and meet with a Study Abroad advisor to start thinking about which
program(s) might be the best fit for you. And be sure to speak with your
Academic Advisor to talk through how studying abroad will work with your
degree progress. The sooner you start planning, the more likely you'll be able to make the study abroad coursework fit
within your academic plan.