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Identities Abroad Programs

Identities Abroad are low-cost study abroad programs that are designed for, but not limited to, students of color, first generation students, and students with high financial need. These programs combine travel with a Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States—a required course for most students. While these programs are designed with these students in mind, all students are welcome to apply.

All students of color, first-generation students, and students with high financial need who are accepted to an Identities Abroad program will automatically be awarded a $1,500 scholarship, which covers a substantial portion of the program fee.  All students who apply to an Identities Abroad program will also be considered for additional DePaul Study Abroad scholarships to further reduce the cost of participation.

Each year, a selection of Identities Abroad programs are offered, visiting various destinations around the world. Students will learn about multiculturalism in a U.S. context and then examine the course topic from an international perspective. Programs either have coursework in the Fall quarter (with travel during winter break), 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 Identities Abroad programs for the 2020-2021 academic year:

SUMMER 2021 
(coursework during spring quarter & travel at start of summer)

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IA@South Africa: American and South African Apartheid

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Identities Abroad programs are designed to let you be on campus during the quarter taking your regular classes, with a 1-2 week study abroad experience either during December, spring break or summer break.  You will take a 4-credit Seminar on Multiculturalism in the U.S. class (LSP 200) during either fall quarter, winter quarter, or spring quarter—a required course for most 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 December, spring break or in summer break  (Note: You will also be registered in an additional 2-credit SAP 200 class that relates to the travel abroad.)

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 Identities abroad programs is in the range of $2,500-$3,700, not including scholarships.  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, that means there are no additional tuition charges).  

Yes! All students of color, first-generation students, and students with high financial need who are accepted to an Identities Abroad program will automatically be awarded a $1,500 scholarship, which covers a substantial portion of the program fee.  All students who apply to an Identities Abroad program will also be considered for additional DePaul Study Abroad scholarships to further reduce the cost of participation.  Students are encouraged to review the scholarships page for additional funding opportunities.

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 June have an application deadline of February 1. Programs with classwork during fall quarter and travel in December have an application deadline of May 1. 
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.
You are not able to register in the Identities Abroad Seminar on Multiculturalism in the U.S. (LSP 200) yourself—Study Abroad will register you in the class (and the 2-credit SAP 200 class) after you have been accepted and have decided to participate in the Identities Abroad program.  
Honor students and SCPS students may not be required to take the LPS 200 Seminar on Multiculturalism in the U.S. course that is part of the Identities Abroad program. However:
  • Honor students will receive credit for HON 301
  • SCPS students should work with their advisor/mentor to determine credit
For students whose major doesn't require them to take LSP 200, 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 Identities Abroad program is a possibility.
If you have already taken LSP 200, you can receive credit for 6 credit hours of SAP 200 - Study Abroad: Experiential Learning.