The Global Experience Office supports faculty in the creation, development, and promotion of global programming. Please see below for further information on leading a Dialogue of Civilizations or Embedded program, proposing a new International Study Partnership, applying for a Program Development Fellowship, or hosting a Classroom Information Session.


Dialogue of Civilizations Programs

The innovative Dialogue of Civilizations programs allow Northeastern faculty to share experiential learning with an intimate group of students beyond the Boston campus in a global milieu where different cultural perspectives on various topics are revealed through dialectic. The goal of each program is to both connect students with their peers in different national, cultural, political, and social environments and provide students with a “global experience,” in an intimate setting, that builds upon and enhances their academic studies and training in Boston. Faculty leaders will have the opportunity to work alongside the Global Experience Office to bring a unique experiential learning opportunity to students at their on-site location. Below are some components of a DOC program:

  • Faculty spend approximately 30 days in a chosen country or countries with a group of students in either the Summer I or Summer II semester, depending on the location of the program or the faculty’s personal schedule.
  • The recommended range of students is between 15 to 35 participants, depending on the program and location. These numbers are carefully chosen by the faculty to foster group bonding and compliment the goals and objectives of the specific program.
  • Faculty teach two courses, each worth 4 credits for undergraduate students. The course offerings strategically align with the chosen international location and expected learning outcomes set forth for students.
  • Students will be charged NU undergraduate tuition for 8 credits in addition to a fee, depending on the program, that covers the instruction, airfare, housing, and support while abroad.

Please refer to the Search Opportunities page to view DOC programs that have run in previous years and to gain more insight on programming and international opportunities.

Embedded Programs

Embedded programs are opportunities for faculty who are teaching a course during the Fall or Spring semester to lead a one-week immersion program in an international location. The goal of Embedded programs is to enhance the course by liaising it with a field-study experience in a country or location that pertains to the course material. Similar to Dialogue of Civilizations programs, faculty will work in collaboration with the Global Experience Office to bring a unique experiential learning opportunity to students at their on-site location. Below are some components of an Embedded program:

  • Faculty have the opportunity to offer these programs during the week of Winter break (late December to early January) or Spring break (early March) during the academic year, depending on which semester the on-campus course is being taught.
  • These programs run for a period of 7-10 days as to not interrupt the on-campus learning component.
  • Students must be enrolled in the course to participate in the international component of the program. If they choose to participate, they will be charged a fee, which depends on the program and location, that covers the instruction, airfare, housing, and support while abroad.
  • Students enrolled in the course are not required to participate in the Embedded program but will be getting supplemental work to replace the international component of the course if they choose to not participate.

Roles and Responsibilities

Northeastern faculty leaders will be paired with two GEO staff members, which will depend on the country or region of the program. Both the assigned Program Coordinator and Business Operations Coordinator will serve as the faculty leader’s main points of contact and will liaise with other GEO Staff members to provide support and guidance for the faculty leader throughout the duration of the program. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to either of these contacts at any stage in the program process.


  • June 1st, 2017: Call for Program Pre-Proposals (form)
  • June 30th, 2017: Program Pre-Proposal (e-mail)
  • August 1st, 2017: Program Proposals Open (online)
  • September 17th, 2017: Program and Budget Proposal Deadline (online/ e-mail)
  • October 15th, 2017 Program Proposal Approvals (e-mail)
  • October 20th, 2017: Program Applications Open (website)
  • December 1st, 2017: Priority Deadline (student applications)
  • February 1st, 2018: Final Deadline (student applications)

Initial Steps

Faculty who are interested in leading a Dialogue of Civilizations or Embedded program are always welcome to set up a meeting or visit the Global Experience Office and speak with a team member. A faculty member will be assigned a Program Coordinator and Business Operations Coordinator who will be the main points of contact and invaluable resources throughout the DOC process. If you are interested in leading a DOC or Embedded program, please review the following steps:

  • Contact the Global Experience Office at to request a meeting with GEO. At this time, GEO will also send along the Faculty-Led Program Handbook. Faculty can read through this handbook to begin thinking about what logistics go into creating a program, along with an overview of the process.
  • Consult with your Department Chair, College Dean, and other faculty within your department about your prospective program idea.
  • Take a look at the following lists to stay up-to-date with any international travel warnings or “high-risk” locations on the S. Department of State Travel Site and review the NU International Travel Site.
  • Begin speaking with your students about the possibility of a DOC or Embedded program. This can help spawn ideas or suggestions in the planning stages of the process.
  • Complete the Faculty-Led Program Pre-Proposal and send back to GEO via e-mail prior to the deadline. GEO will be in touch with the faculty leader to schedule a meeting, at which time they will be assigned a Program Coordinator and a Business Operations Coordinator, depending on the desired location of the program.



Northeastern University (NU) encourages colleges, schools, departments, and faculty to initiate new international programs to foster NU’s mission for 100% student participation in “going global.” In order to create new international study partnerships that align with NU’s goals and international mission, all new program proposals must be thoroughly researched and assessed by the Global Experience Office (GEO) and approved by various constituents at NU. GEO is committed to providing the best possible global experience for students and faculty at NU and ask anyone who is proposing a new partnership to carefully consider the rationale for the program and thoroughly read through the following information related to new program development.

Getting Started

To begin the proposal process for a new international study partnership, the faculty or staff member proposing the new program should complete the International Study Partnership Proposal Form and send it directly to the Global Experience Office for review. The College Dean and Department Chair should also be copied on this e-mail.

It is also recommended that the program initiator take a look at NU’s current partnerships to see what opportunities are already available for students and faculty. Please refer to the document NU International Partnerships prior to contacting GEO.

For a detailed timeline of the program development process, see below for the steps that outline the program approval process from the partnership proposal to the implementation of the program at NU. You may also refer to the Timeline for Establishing New International Study Partnerships to gain a better sense of the proposal process. Please be advised that GEO will serve as the main contact and point of reference throughout the partnership approval process.

Types of Partnerships

  • Exchange: An exchange partnership is an agreement with a partner institution that involves direct exchange of students to and from the partner institution and NU. Typically, NU will send one student to the partner institution in exchange for receiving one student from the partner institution to study at NU. Participants will enroll as exchange students at the partner university but will pay their tuition at NU for that term. This type of partnership is ideal for NU as it creates a stronger relationship between the two institutions and promotes a deep cultural immersion for NU students.
    • College-Level: A college-level agreement is a partnership between a particular college of NU and an international institution. In this type of agreement, mobility of students is limited to the specified college or department at NU and at the partner institution.
    • University-Wide: A university-wide agreement is a partnership that has been established between NU and the international institution. University-wide agreements allow for the direct exchange or study of students to and from any college or department at NU, providing the agreement doesn’t specify otherwise.
  • Study: A study partnership is an agreement between two institutions that allows the direct study and enrollment of NU students at the partner institution. The program is similar to exchange programs in duration, independence, and academics, but does not bring international students to NU.

Factors to Consider when Evaluating International Student Exchange Partnerships

When evaluating an international study partnership, the Global Experience Office will consider the following factors:

  • The academic standing and accreditation of the potential partner (International and national ranking, etc.)
  • Academic calendar for the partner institution (Available terms of study, semester start and end dates, etc.)
  • Course offerings for NU students at partner institution (Course selections, language options, etc.)
  • Academic opportunities available to NU students at partner institution that may not be available to students on the Northeastern campus (Research or study opportunities, internship options, etc.)
  • The geographical location and campus access to nearby city or town (Size of city, public transportation options, etc.)
  • Resources available to students at partner institution (Housing options, on-campus support, etc.)
  • Evidence for student interest in partner institution (Target numbers in given academic year, student inquiries, etc.)
  • Financial considerations (Scholarships, grant funding, etc.)
  • Safety concerns (High risk-locations, travel advisory, etc.)

The Evaluation Process

Prior to signing any agreements for an international study partnership, GEO will thoroughly evaluate and assess a partnership, being sure that it is beneficial to both NU and the international partner institution. The GEO team will take the following steps in conducting an evaluation when a faculty or staff member proposes a new international study partnership:

  • Partnership Proposal: A request to initiate a new international partnership or study abroad program may be made to Northeastern University’s (NU) Global Experience Office (GEO), by a faculty member, department, campus organization, or initiated directly by GEO. The program initiator must complete the International Study Partnership Proposal Form and send to GEO to begin this process.
  • Collaborative Research: Once the program initiator meets with a representative from GEO to discuss the proposal and the details of the proposed partnership, GEO, in collaboration with various constituents on campus, will begin researching the host institution and gathering the necessary data to make informed decisions on the partnership and how it will benefit students at NU. This process may involve international site visits, meetings, or Skype calls with the proposed partner institution in order to gain an understanding of the partner institution’s priorities, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Program Assessment: After researching the partner institution, GEO will come together with the program initiator and any additional constituents on campus who have worked on developing the proposed partnership to discuss its strengths and weaknesses. At this time, GEO will make an informed decision regarding the proposed partnership and will decide to either recommend or deny the proposal for a new international study partnership.
  • Approval or Denial: If NU decides to recommend this partner institution as a formal international study partner, GEO will then notify the host institution of this decision and will begin discussing the terms of the partnership. If NU decides that the partnership is not a viable opportunity for both institutions, GEO will notify the partner institution of this decision and will lay out the details explaining why the partnership is not recommended at this time.
  • Preparation of Agreements: After approving the new international study partnership, GEO will work with various NU constituents to prepare the agreements between NU and the partner institution. This process may involve detailed negotiations among the partner university, GEO, and NU’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). Once the agreements are drafted, reviewed, and signed, the proposed agreement will be made official and a copy will be shared with the necessary constituents at NU and with the partner institution.
  • Program Implementation: Once the final agreements are signed, the GEO team members will work on the details for full implementation of the program. This process includes gathering application materials, creating a program page on the website, marketing to students, and, ultimately, student mobility. Please note that this process can take 6 months to one year from the time of the program proposal to the mobility of students to and from the partner institution.
  • Periodic Assessment: In order to continue the development of strong partnerships, GEO will evaluate and assess each program or partnership after a period of 3-5 years and prior to the renewal of any agreements. This process may consist of an on-site evaluation, student feedback, and consistent communication between NU and the partner institution. It is important that NU continuously works with the partner institution to provide the best opportunities for students to support their academic and professional career.

*If NU decides that the partnership is strategic and necessary for both institutions, then GEO will implement the next steps in establishing an international study agreement. If NU determines that the partnership does not benefit the students and faculty at the University, the partnership will not be pursued at this time and GEO will work with the staff or faculty initiator to begin researching alternative international opportunities and partners.


For any questions regarding international study partnerships, please contact either Garrett Margliotti at 617-373-8781 or at or Kristina Kutsukos at 617-373-5123 or at for further information or to schedule an appointment.




The intent of a program development fellowship is to increase the number of NU students participating in global experiences by soliciting ideas from NU faculty to either improve existing faculty-led programs or accomplish the necessary in-country pre-work to launch new faculty-led programs. GEO will create fellowship opportunities for new or returning faculty each fiscal year. Following a site visit, faculty will be required to either propose a new faculty-led program for the following year or submit a non-feasibility report to GEO. Throughout their application process, faculty can request additional information and support from the Global Experience Office.


  • Application for program development fellowship opens
  • Faculty send completed program development proposals to GEO (after receiving
  • Program development proposals reviewed and ranked by GEO and the colleges
  • GEO awards faculty
  • Program development site visits performed
  • Program non-feasibility report due (or)
  • Program proposal due

Initial Steps

Faculty interested in pursuing a Program Development Fellowship opportunity should contact the Global Experience Office at to schedule a meeting. Following this meeting, GEO will request the following information from the faculty member:

  • Demographic information: Lead Faculty Name, College Name, Department, Chair Name
  • Narrative which outlines:
    • Program summary
    • Academic content and courses
    • Region/countries to be visited and why
    • Linkages between academics and location
    • Proposed Budget, Duration & Expected Dates of Travel
  • Outline of completed pre-work
  • Approval or note of support from department chair (this can be an email print out)

Please email your completed site visit request to Kristina Kutsukos ( after having received approval from your department chair.


The Global Experience Office has hired a team of former study abroad students who have been selected to represent the office as Student Ambassadors. These students are knowledgeable about the details of the study abroad process at Northeastern and our goal is to have them reach prospective underclassman with information on the variety of international opportunities available. If you would like to have an ambassador speak in your classroom please contact the Global Experience Office at with a date and time for the presentation. Ambassadors are trained to give 10 minute presentations but we are happy to accommodate requests for presentations of different lengths. They will come prepared with slide presentations and information on the next steps for prospective students to take in studying abroad. We look forward to working with you to broaden student awareness of international education opportunities across the university.