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FY@broad Programs for First-Year Students

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 Seminara 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 2018-19 academic year:

SPRING BREAK 2019 (coursework during winter quarter & travel during spring break)

SUMMER 2019 (coursework during spring quarter & travel at start of summer)


How do FY@broad programs work?

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 will also be registered in an additional 2-credit class (ANT 397) that relates to the travel abroad.  The travel happens immediately following the end of the class, either during spring break or in mid-late June.

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 $2,000-$3,000.  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?

​Yes!  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 your program application.  More information can be found on the DePaul Study Abroad Scholarships page.  

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.