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Study Abroad


Study Abroad

At DePaul, students and faculty learn together all over the world.

Bring the world into focus with study abroad. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to gain deeper perspectives and understanding with an international lens. All graduate students in the School of Public Service are encouraged to study abroad. In fact, we offer more opportunities for international study than any other equivalent program in a private university because we are confident that international study benefits our students.

Students who study abroad:

  • Gain cross-cultural experiences
  • Learn about international nonprofit organizations
  • Develop lifelong relationships with people from other countries
  • Make international professional contacts
  • Experience new cultures, languages, and traditions

The intense, one-week study abroad courses create strong, personal and professional experiences that build networks among our students and faculty. Study abroad courses typically begin on Sunday evenings and conclude on Friday afternoons in the host country with pre- and post-trip meetings held on campus.

Explore the study abroad programs currently available in the tabs below. You will find links to the programs' brochure and application.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium, Offered annually during Spring Break (March 23-29, 2019)


Application Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for November 2018; check back in September 2018 for specific application deadline.

The Brussels, Belgium​ program allows students to broaden their perspective on public-policy analysis and public service management in an international context. The course explores how globalization is affecting national governments and traditional cultures while encouraging the creation of international non-profits and supra-national governing agencies. Students will learn how large agencies, such as the European Union and NATO, are strengthening relationships and working more closely with grassroots prganizations throughout the world.

The purpose of this course is to expand student understanding of influence and impact of institutions that both comprise and interact with the European Union (EU). The course focuses on the “international public sector,” including the relationship of governments with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the nonprofit/voluntary sector).  It considers the role of the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as agents of change throughout the world.  The course provides an opportunity for both experiential learning as well as intellectual enrichment through an exploration of the strategies used to affect policy in international settings.  Students spend seven days in Belgium, primarily on Brussels visiting the EU and organizations affiliated with the EU. 

Students can register as either MPS 575 or Independent Study. Plus, you can register for this either as a Winter or Spring course. This trip includes high-level visits with European policymakers and a day-trip into Germany to a NATO air base.


Accomodations: Students will stay at the historic Irish College in Leuven, about 20 minutes by train from Brussels.  The College houses the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, which will host the group from DePaul and organize their stay.  Facilities at the Institute include en-suite rooms, conference rooms, and a dining room.

Expenses:  To view the current DePaul Study Abroad fees please view the Office of Study Abroad's page.

Students Admitted: 18-20

Application Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for fall quarter 2018. To be put on the "interest list" and be notified of the information session, email Program Director, Professor Joe Schwieterman.​



For Further Information: If you have viewed all available information but still have questions, please contact Program Director, Professor Joe Schwieterman.​

Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba, Brazil, Sustainable Development and Transportation Innovation - not slated to be offered during 2018-2019 academic year

Application Deadline: Check back in December 2018 for details on future trips

The course offers an intensive exploration of urban planning and community analysis techniques used in Curitiba, Brazil, one of the most innovative urban areas in Latin America. The metropolitan region will serve as an “urban laboratory” to evaluate a wide range of policies intended to enhance the efficiency and “livability” of a large urbanized area, improve the administration of public services, and support the development of critical infrastructure in response to rapid population growth. Students will spend five days on the campus of Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba critically evaluating how various strategies can be used to promote harmonious development and economic improvement in complex metropolitan areas involving many municipalities and other units of governments.     

A three-part course design offers a broad international perspective on mobility and urban-development problems. Students complete readings and participate in five classroom hours of study in Chicago before taking a pre-departure quiz to assure they have the technical knowledge necessary to productively use their time abroad.  During the immersion week in Curitiba, they learn from presentations and discussions with stakeholders, cross-cultural learning opportunities, classroom study, and field visits (including observation of Curitiba’s Bus Rapid Transit system). Upon return, students participate in a follow-up class while working on a final project. This project requires data analysis, reflection, and completion of a “strategic assessment” that draws upon insights gained from the student’s time abroad.

Students can register for this course as either MPS 571 (Metro Planning), MPS 573 (Community development), or Independent Study.


Application Deadline: 
Not slated for 2018-2019 academic year; check back in December 2018 for additional details. ​

For Further Information:
For more information, email Program Director Professor Joe Schwieterman, PhD at​

Maharashtra, India

Maharashtra, India, Offered during December Intercession biennially

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

The Watershed Organization Trust, INC. (WOTR) is an award-winning nonprofit operating in six Indian states. WOTR works to address poverty by mobilizing the self-help capacities of individuals and groups to regenerate the eco-spaces they live in. For their innovative work, WOTR was awarded the Kyoto World Water Proze in 2009.

The 6-day program with WOTR's headquarters in the city of Pune,Maharashtra, a 1-day visit to their Training Center in Darewadi village, which is the site of its first watershed development project. This will be followed by a 4-day stay in an Indian village as guests in the homes of the village residents, and interactions with several local grassroots development and social service organizations.


Student Admittance: 10 - 12 per course. 

Courses: MPS 510 International Dimensions of Public Service, MPS 520 Values-Centered Leadership and MPS 604 Special Topics, Watersheds and Sustainability (this course can serve as a replacement for MPS 511 in the fall 2016 quarter).

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018. Once a course is filled, registration will close. APPLY HERE

For Further Information:
For more information, contact Program Director -Professor Ramya Ramanath (312) 362-7708​


Tanzania: Graduate Studies in Public Service, Non-profits and Sustainable Development Service Management

Offered during December Intercession every other year; next year offered will be December 2019.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

This interdisciplinary travel course will introduce students to Arusha and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania where they will have the opportunity to get first-hand information on social welfare, nonprofit organizations, public service management and sustainable development in the country. The course explores the relevant theories, perspectives, and programs for economic development, social welfare, health promotion, and disease prevention, and the role of public and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing these and other challenges in Tanzania. Students will learn about the impact of colonialism, the status of women and the spread of HIV-AIDS, the challenge of sustainable technology, and respect for diversity within and across national boundaries.

Program activities include participant observation/service learning, seminars at the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology and Mount Meru University, and cultural tours, including a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. Also, students will visit a variety of community cooperatives, relief agencies, and/or governmental offices to gain appreciation for the challenges and opportunities confronting Tanzania and other African countries. Specific sites have been selected to provide the best demonstration of grassroots development from a Tanzanian perspective. Evening activities will include individual and group reflection on experiences while dining or socializing with other international guests at the Catholic Relief Services Hostel. These will be combined with intensive pre-departure classes in Chicago to give students a uniquely enriching learning opportunity as they engage in conversations with Tanzanians on issues of justice and peace, politics and social services to raise their consciousness on these global issues that face humanity using the African continent as laboratory.

Students can register as any of the following: MPS 604, MPS 543 or MPS 600 (Independent Study) for autumn 2019 term. 


Accomodations: Students will stay at the Catholic Relief Services Hostel in Arusha, Tanzania. It has a bath and mosquito netting. The gated compounds offer a medium level of security, a small cyber-center, gift shop and two restaurants. Shopping centers are nearby. Accommodations are very clean and comfortable. Transportation will be provided by Shades of Green Safaris, a local transportation services.

Expenses:  To view the current DePaul Study Abroad fees, please view visit the Office of Study Abroad page.

Students Admitted: 15-20

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019


For Further Information:
If you have viewed the Office of Study Abroad's information but still have questions, please contact: Program Director, Professor Raphael Ogom, PhD.​

Belfast, Ireland

Belfast Ireland, Trip during Summer, course typcially offered in Spring


Application Deadline: Expected February 1, 2019; check back in August to determine if this course will be offered in 2019 - awaiting final scheduling decision. 

Belfast was the center of attention and controversy between the early 1970’s until the peace accord of 1998. Since that time Belfast and the creation of the Northern Ireland Assembly has worked to further peace and reconciliation between the Scots Irish descendants who are generally loyal to the British throne, and the Irish nationalists who wish to see a united Republic of Ireland.

This program will be a seperate course or offered as an optional component of MPS 594 Ethical Leadership or MPS 604 Special Topics that will provide students an experiential opportunity to see peace and reconciliation efforts through public policy and nonprofit social organizations. The program will be run in coordination with Politics Plus a nonprofit organization that is the outreach arm of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The program will include meetings with a wide variety of government and public policy leaders in Northern Ireland; attendance in a session of Parliament; tour of the Peace Walls; and visits to third sector organizations on the forefront of dealing with the peace process.

Accomodations: Students will stay at Queens University Belfast where they will have a single room with a private bathroom. 

Application Deadline: Likely February 1, 2019; check back in Autumn 2018 for exact date. 


For Further Information:
Contact Belfast Program Director Nick Kachiroubas for program details.​​

Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama, Trip during summer, course offered in Spring

Application Deadline: Not slated to be offered during 2018-2019 academic year; check back in fall 2018 for next possible trip date

This study abroad experience will introduce students to policy issues and different approaches to leadership in Panama and Latin America, with a focus on leadership, management and policy in relation to Panama and the Panama Canal.

The SPS Panama 2017 program will take place in Panama City July 7-15, 2017. It is an extension of three SPS Spring 2017 courses: MPS 521: Leadership and Management, MPS 542: Policy Design and Analysis and MPS 604: Special Topics, Panama and the Panama Canal.  During the Spring quarter students will meet together for orientation and for an introduction to the history of Panama and U.S.-Panama relations, and the current political, economic and social environment.

The orientation in Panama begins with a transit tour of the Panama Canal and a city tour of Panama City--tourist areas, museums and historical sites. During the week daily visits and conferences will be held at the Panama Canal Authority, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Education, the City of Knowledge, the Interamerican Cooperative Institute, offices of social promotion and international organizations,  the University of Panama and the Technological University of Panama. There will be an orientation at the hotel the first evening, regular meetings during the week, and a final debriefing/evaluation on the last day. 


The City of Knowledge is partnering with DePaul's School of Public Service as the onsite program coordinator. 

Accomodations: Overnight stay will be at the Continental Hotel in the center of Panama City -- lodging for eight nights, double occupancy, air conditioning, internet access, swimming pool, full breakfast buffet. Students can arrange to extend their travel dates for any period prior to or after the course dates to further tour Panama.

Expenses:To be announced.

Students Admitted: 15-20

Application Deadline: Not slated to be offered during 2018-2019 academic year​

If you are interested, register HERE

For Further Information:
For further information: If you have questions, please contact Program Director Barbara Kraemer, OSF, Ph.D., at​

Kerala, India

Kerala, India, Offered during December Intercession biennially


Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

The DePaul Institute of Science and Technology (DIST) is in Kochi (Cochin) in the southern state of Kerala, India. Program includes presentation in an international conference and field-based interactions with Indian graduate students. DIST will be hosting an International Conference on "The Triple Bottom line for Sustainability: The Roles of Government, Corporate and the Non Profit Sector."You will participate and present at this conference as a part of this program.


Student Admittance: 10 - 12 per course.

Courses: MPS 501 Cross Sector Analysis, MPS 511 Sustainable International Development and MPS 520 Values-Centered Leadership

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018. Once a course is filled, registration will close. APPLY HERE​

For Further Information: Contact Director, Robert Stokes,​​