Global Experience


Marina Markot, PhD, Director

Global Experience Office
403 Richards Hall
617.373.5702 (fax)

Northeastern University strongly endorses global experience as an important dimension of learning. To foster this, it maintains a Global Experience Office that has developed a series of programs tailored to the interests and needs of Northeastern University students.

International Study

While studying abroad in a Northeastern-sponsored program, students maintain full-time Northeastern status and earn Northeastern credits. In all cases and upon successful completion of a program, grades are calculated in the student’s grade-point average (GPA). The requirements for participation are at least two completed terms at Northeastern, one of which may be a summer term; a GPA of at least 2.500; and no registration-blocking holds. Students must also meet the requirements of the host institution abroad. Application deadlines are posted on the Global Experience Office (GEO) website.

Students who wish to study abroad should start by researching program opportunities at the GEO website or by making an appointment with a study-abroad advisor. After choosing a program, students should also consult with their departmental or college advisors. Information sessions are offered regularly by GEO, and a schedule of these sessions is available on the GEO website. Advisors in GEO provide the final planning assistance. Schedules for walk-in hours for advising are posted online and in the GEO office. International students should also consult with the Office of Global Services (OGS) to determine if an updated I-20 for reentry may be needed. Note that study abroad in a student’s final semester may result in a delay in graduation due to calendar discrepancies across institutions.

Types of Programs

Northeastern University offers four types of study-abroad programs, although not all types are appropriate for some majors:

  1. Semester. Students are based at a host institution where they attend classes, participate in student activities, and organize their extracurricular schedules just as they do on campus at Northeastern. Some examples include Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; University of Edinburgh in Scotland, U.K.; London School of Economics in England, U.K.; and the University of Tokyo, Japan.
  2. Faculty-Led Summer Programs/Dialogue of Civilizations Programs. Open to Northeastern University students of any major, the Dialogue of Civilizations Programs are faculty-led study-abroad programs that include “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and students around the world. The goals of each program are to connect Northeastern students with their peers in different national, cultural, political, and social environments and to provide Northeastern students with a global experience that builds upon and enhances their academic studies and training in Boston.
  3. Internship. These programs offer a combination of classes and related work experience for which students earn academic credit. For example, students have interned with a member of the Australian Parliament in Canberra, the European Parliament in Brussels, the British Parliament in London, and the Irish Parliament in Dublin.
  4. International Research. The focus of a student’s time abroad is on an independent research project. In most cases, the study-abroad program organizes small group seminars and field trips that are designed to help students learn about their international environment and focus on a research topic. Students spend three to four weeks toward the end of the semester working on their individual projects. An example could be studying tropical biology in Costa Rica, history and culture in Vietnam, and oceanography while sailing in the Atlantic/Pacific Cruise Track of the SEA Semester Program.

Visit the GEO website to see a complete list of program options.

International Co-op

The International Cooperative Education Program, administered through the Cooperative Education Office, provides students with opportunities to explore global career options, develop intercultural and political sensitivity, and utilize and strengthen foreign language skills. Northeastern students co-op on all seven continents with foreign and multinational employers, U.S. employers doing business abroad, and other international organizations. Students may apply for existing positions or work with a co-op counselor to develop their own. All majors are welcome to apply. International students participating in co-op abroad should consult with the OGS in advance of departure to ensure reentry to the United States in proper nonimmigrant visa status. The Presidential Global Scholars Program provides financial support for international co-op.