GEO supports faculty in the creation, development, and promotion of global programming. Please see below for further information and contact GEO if you have any questions.

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.

As a faculty leader of a Dialogue, you will have the opportunity to bring a unique experiential learning opportunity to students at your onsite location; compensation, housing, flights, and meals stipend are all included.

Here you will find a detailed outline of the distribution of responsibilities between GEO and the lead faculty do.

Here you will find a detailed list of services that various NU offices provide for international travel.


The Global Experience Office will help connect Northeastern faculty with partner institutions around the world.  These partner institutions will help with logistics on preparing the program as well as on-site support. Dialogue of Civilizations programs spend 30 days in a chosen country or countries with fifteen (15) to thirty-two (32) students.  These numbers are restricted to foster group bonding but also a manageable number for a faculty leader.

Northeastern Faculty will be paired with three (3) GEO staff members depending on the country or region of the program.  The Global Experience Study Coordinator helps connect faculty with GEO partners overseas, assists in proposal questions, provides syllabi assistance, answers questions related to curriculum, and handles logistics and itineraries. The Budget Coordinator upon receiving the budget questionnaire from the faculty leader, the budget coordinator insures that all of the cost information is complete and contacts the faculty leader with any questions while building the DOC program budget. Once the budget is complete, the Budget Coordinator will meet one-on-one with the faculty leader(s) to review the budget line-by-line.  The International Travel Coordinator helps secure group flights for the program as well as assists the faculty with completing their “My Travel Plans” on myNEU.

How to Propose

The Global Experience Office has created an online system that faculty, co-leader or preparer (someone the faculty has elected to complete the proposal on behalf of the faculty.  This person must be an Northeastern Employee) can log into the system, using their NU credentials, to propose a DOC.  This online proposal will open on May 1st and will close on August 15th.  It is important that the faculty chooses the correct term.  If the term that the faculty is interested in is not available, please contact Garrett Margliotti at

The online system can be found here. The user-friendly system allows faculty to save their work and return to it at their convenience up until the August 15th deadline. Veteran faculty from the previous year will be able to clone over a lot of their previous year’s information. Once submitted, the online proposal will go through a series of approvals electronically.  These approvals consist of the following key stakeholders; the Faculty’s Department Chair, the Faculty’s College Dean, a Dialogue of Civilization Committee consisting of faculty representatives, the registrar and GEO staff, and the Provost.

Once Approved

Programs open for student enrollment on October 15 and remain open until the Priority Deadline of November 15, when faculty can make their decisions. The online system where faculty can access their student applicants can be found here.   Faculty can close their program on November 15, if they have met the enrollment requirements. If not, enrollment stays open until the requirements are fulfilled — at which time the instructor can close the course — before the final deadline of February 1.

The GEO will hold two Dialogue of Civilizations Fairs that coincide with application deadlines.  The first fair is in late October and is usually held in the Curry Student Center indoor quad.  This fair allows faculty the opportunity to talk directly with interested students about their program.  Faculty are encouraged to create signs, flyers, promotional material for this event.  If programs are still open, there will be a second Dialogue of Civilizations fair in mid-January.  This fair will be similar to that in October.

It is the faculty’s responsibility to market their own programs and recruit students and teaching assistants to their Dialogues.

Required Trainings

There are required training that all faculty must complete in order to lead a Dialogue of Civilizations program.  These training’s are structures in a way that faculty will be able to connect with veteran faculty to learn tips and tricks on leading a program.  They also help faculty understand the policies set forth by Northeastern.

In September, GEO holds a Health & Safety Training that has a panel of NU resources that cover Title IX, NU policies, Emergency Response protocol, as well as answer questions related to preparing to lead a program.  Faculty must attend this training in order to have their program approved by the Provost’s Office. Failure to attend will result in a denied proposal.  .

In January, GEO holds a Finance & Logistics Training covers which covers, faculty, co-leader and TA compensation, procedures for handling invoices, process and procedures for securing appropriate contracts, how to gather student information for group flights, NU’s cell phone policy and procedure for students and faculty, University credit card procedures (American Express) and expense reconciliation overview.

Optional Training

My Travel Plans

GEO will be holding a training for all faculty to help assist with completing the mandatory online international tracking system, My Travel Plans. This training will be held in late March and lead by GEO’s International Travel Coordinator.  For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the mandatory information, please click here.  Note: Please do not complete this information until your students have been enrolled into their courses.

University Resources Training

GEO will be holding a training where Dialogue of Civilizations faculty, co-leaders and TAs can as more questions and seek support from NU resources.  The offices represented are the following:

  1. We Care: The We Care program is a support system to aid students during times of difficulty or crisis. We Care also aids departments in developing their own systems to work through student crises, as well as faculty and staff who request guidance in identifying existing Northeastern resources for students. Faculty can contact We Care directly to discuss the needs of a student they see as possibly being in crisis.
  2. UHCS: The University Health and Counseling Services Team work with students and faculty as partners in your health care so that they get confidential, compassionate, and high-quality care.
  3. DRC: The Disability Resource Center provides resources, services, and accommodation for Northeastern students with documented disabilities.

Inquiry Groups

Engaging with a foreign culture while teaching on a compressed schedule creates extraordinary affordances and constraints for the teacher of a Dialogue of Civilizations course. This discussion-rich session will bring together new and experienced Dialogues teachers—as well as anyone interested in teaching one—to share lessons learned and evidence-based practices. We will also discuss the benefits and challenges of teaching such courses for both students and instructors. Participants will come away with concrete ideas for teaching and learning across the lifespan of a Dialogues course: from before departing the U.S., through arrival in and adjustment to the foreign culture, and finally re-entry back into the U.S.


Globe Smart

Globe Smart is an online cultural intelligence resource aimed at improving cross-cultural understanding for our students.  With exclusive access provided by Northeastern, Globe Smart offers students, parents, and faculty access to detailed cultural information that provides guidance on how to effectively conduct business with individuals in many different countries. By completing a profile within Globe Smart, the user will be able to explore in-depth, country specific information and compare interaction patterns across cultures to understand and leverage work-style differences.

* Please contact Garrett Margliotti ( if interested in leading a Dialogue of Civilizations 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 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 us 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. 

Site Visit RequestS

The intent of a site visit request is to increase the number of NU students participating in global experiences by soliciting ideas from NU faculty to either improve existing DOC programs or accomplish the necessary in-country pre-work to launch new DOC programs. GEO will make up to 5 awards each fiscal year. Following a site visit, faculty will be required to either apply for a DOC 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.


  • April: Application for Site Visit Requests opens
  • May 20th: Faculty send completed Site Visit Request to GEO
  • May: Site Visit Requests reviewed and ranked by GEO
  • May 31st: Site Visit Requests reviewed by the Provost’s Office
  • June: GEO awards faculty
  • July – March: Site visits performed

Faculty must then submit one or the other to GEO following their approved site visit:

  • April: Site visit non-feasibility report (or)
  • August: DOC proposal

Priority Funding

For upcoming DOC site visits, GEO will be prioritizing the following types of requests:

  • New program development and existing program expansion particularly to the following countries/regions:
    • South & Central America
    • Asia
    • Africa/Middle East
  • Site visits for DOC under-represented colleges or departments
  • New program development for NU Term

Site visit request Outline

Faculty interested in pursuing a DOC site visit opportunity should send GEO the following information and limit responses to no more than two pages:

  • 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 ( only after receiving approval from your department chair.