We’re Looking Forward to Welcoming You
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our campus this Fall. If you are unable to join us on-campus, you can benefit from the flexibility to begin your program virtually from home.*
Whether you're joining us on campus or online, you'll still get the full DePaul experience.
Beginning Your Studies With Us
When you join us on campus you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. You will be surrounded by a supportive community of international students and expert staff, ensuring you have the best possible start to your study experience.
Your Next Steps
Once you’ve been offered and accepted your place to study with us, you can start preparing for university. We’re here to make this process as easy as possible for you. To start with, you’ll need to make sure you’ve done a few important things:
- Confirm your place. The first thing to do after you receive an offer is pay your deposit. You must do this in order to confirm your place. You can then begin the student visa process. To see what payment is required, and pay it online, visit our fees page.
- Apply for your visa. You can find out more about the visa application process on our arriving in Chicago page.
Join Us Virtually From Home
If you are unable to join us on-campus, you can begin your program virtually from home.
What Should You Expect From An Online Class?
For your convenience, most of our virtual learning is delivered at different times of the day and is available to access on your own time. You’ll be responsible for scheduling your days to allow time to watch lectures and complete projects and assignments.
You’ll need to be present online in real time for activities which do occur live, like office hours and some assessments or exams.
Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include:
- Watching an online presentation and adding your own video comments or questions
- Commenting on a discussion board on your own time
- Viewing a lecture and participating in a Zoom meeting with your professor to answer questions
As opposed to on-campus delivery, most courses will have no set class hours, except for any pre-scheduled interactive sessions. Students will be expected to have self-discipline and be active participants in the virtual classroom. Students will be required to check the class materials and assignments regularly, and must be engaged in the program Monday through Friday and meet all assignment deadlines.
During your online orientation before your program begins, you will hear more about self-learning modules and exercises on Canvas.
What To Expect From Online Classes
Your courses will be delivered online by the same instructors who deliver our on-campus courses. You can expect:
- Live and recorded sessions
- Live discussions online
- Zoom meetings
- Student support services
Join Our Community Online
Taking a break from your studies and getting to know your peers is very important because we want you to start building relationships now and be prepared for when you arrive on campus. That’s why we plan fun GGP activities and encourage you to participate in events hosted by other DePaul departments, such as:
- Game nights: Play virtual board games, participate in quizzes, and join in scavenger hunts.
- Movie nights: Watch a movie with your classmates and chat to them about the film.
- Global Coffee Hour: Meet other students from across DePaul and discuss a variety of topics from employment to socializing to health and wellness.
- Virtual Career Fair: Connect with employers and learn about the job search process in the US.
Important Information About Starting Your Course
What You Will Need To Study Online
- Laptop or PC
- Internet with good connectivity
- Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera for interactive discussions
- Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments, etc).
Virtual orientation will take place on our learning management system, Desire2Learn. Most sessions are pre-recorded so they can be watched in your own time. These sessions are designed to:
- Familiarize you with DePaul services and support
- Introduce you to our technology and virtual learning platform
- Help you settle in and make friends
One session is delivered in real-time via Zoom. You will also need to schedule a virtual Zoom meeting with your Student Success Manager.
Setting Up Your Accounts
DePaul's main portal for students, faculty, and staff is Campus Connect. Campus Connect is an interactive web portal that houses a collection of web-based services for students, staff, and faculty.
Log In To Campus Connect
You will receive an email with your username, temporary password and login directions.
Once you register for Campus Connect, please disregard any emails from DePaul University until after you begin your GGP studies as these will not apply to you yet. All communication about your housing, visa, arrival, class schedule and orientation is through Study Group or GGP DePaul.
Set Up Your University Email
Your campus email will be activated during your orientation session.
How To Access Your Course
Our virtual learning platform, Desire2Learn, houses course outlines, materials, discussion forums, recorded sessions, collaboration tools, and more.
You will access all of your courses and course materials though this platform, including content, assignments, discussions and exams.
During orientation, you will be guided to the self-learning modules and exercises on the academic platform to help you better understand how to use Desire2Learn.
We will conduct placement testing during orientation.
English Proficiency Testing
During orientation, all students are tested for English proficiency. This test will address all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Though there is no way to study for this test, you can practice your skills by reading and listening to podcasts, TED talks, and international news (in English).
If your test results differ significantly from those at time of admission, you may be placed in a different level than was indicated on the offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and may require extra costs for which you will be responsible.
Math Placement Testing
All undergraduate students must take the Math Placement Test to ensure that you are registered for the correct math courses. Please note, it is a violation of academic integrity to have outside help during the test, to have someone else take the test for you, or to cheat. The results of this test do not affect admission to DePaul or the GGP.
You will be placed in math courses based on their ability and degree requirements.
Purchasing Your TextbooksYour required textbooks will be listed on Desire2Learn in each course’s syllabus. You can also view all of their textbooks through DePaul’s Online Bookstore. Please note, international shipping is not yet available through the bookstore.
Resources Available Online
We will discuss all of the resources available to you as a DePaul student during orientation. Some of these resources include:
- The Writing Center: Supports writers with one-on-one appointments for writing and conversation partner help.
- College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) Tutoring: Supports undergraduate and graduate students in CDM courses.
- Subject-specific tutoring is available through the different academic departments.
- DePaul’s Richardson & Loop Libraries: Access millions of volumes, databases and research services.
- University Counseling Services: If you need help with the transition to DePaul or need someone to talk to.
- Office of Student Involvement Digital Engagement Network (DEN): Learn what’s happening online, join student groups and connect with other students.
Get Prepared With Start Smart
When you enrolled at DePaul, you will benefit from Start Smart at no additional cost – so you are prepared to start your courses with the skills you need to succeed.
You’ll receive early exposure to your university education and experience – ensuring you begin your DePaul studies with confidence. With Start Smart, you will:
- Meet and interact with staff before you arrive
- Join an international community of fellow students from all over the world
- Study a blended course model, combining interactive sessions with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule
- Develop your skills through interactive one-to-one and group discussions
In this free course, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of subjects, including:
- Navigating a learning management system (LMS)
- US culture
- Reading, writing, listening and speaking
- Learning and success
At the end of Start Smart, you’ll receive a certificate to show you completed the modules before progressing on to your program.