Engineering or Science technical elective in biomedical imaging and a course in Chilean culture, combined with field trips, cultural,educational, and social activities. In the technical elective, students will work on term projects with students from the host country (and possibly others). We will discuss x-rays, CT, ultrasound, optical imagers, MRI, and more.. The culture course will include Chilean art, music, literature, business, innovation, language, politics, economics, history, and education. Co-curricular activities will include guided visits to important cultural sites and informal visits to sites that are of interest to the students.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 15, 2016
  • * Priority Deadline: November 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


  • EECE 4649 - Biomedical Imaging : This course will explore a wide variety of modalities for biomedical imaging in the pathology laboratory and in vivo. After an introductory discussion of tissue properties, waves used in imaging, and contrast mechanisms, we will discuss modalities such as microscopy, endoscopy, x–ray, computed tomography, ultrasound, and MRI. With each modality, instrument parameters, contrast mechanisms, resolution, and depth of penetration will be considered. Students will work in groups to complete a project in which they will examine one modality in detail and either generate synthetic data using a computational model or processing avaliable image data
  • CLTR 4944 - Chilean Culture : The Chilean Culture Elective Course will provide an overview of contemporary Chile and an insight in its cultural, historical, political and economic background and actual trends. The course will combine lectures with UANDES Faculty and Guest lecturers, as well as visits and field trips to relevant historical and cultural institutions. The course contains four units, which are the following: Chilean Culture, Chilean Politics and Economics in a Latin American Context, Arts and Culture in Chile and Discovering Spanish. The course is designed for students coming from abroad and will be delivered in English Language.


Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits.

Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,000
  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Chilean poet Pablo Neruda described his beloved country as a “large petal of sea, wine, and snow”(Cuando de Chile, 1943). Chile is a long and narrow country nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and is home to 17 million citizens. Chile stretches from the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, to the glaciers of Patagonia. Santiago is a thriving and interesting city. With a population of six million, it offers a variety of attractions and activities. You will find a modern city reflected in state-of-the-art buildings, subway, and museums. Santiago also offers you the possibility to be part of a community that enjoys celebrating its national traditions along with other outdoor activities.


  • Homestay: Students will live with families in Santiago, sharing meals and learning more about the culture of Chile. Homes are located within easy commuting distance of the campus and students will receive prepaid transit passes.

Host University or Organization

Universidad de los Andes is a non-profit private research university located on the northeast side of Santiago, Chile. Comprised of 25 undergraduate programs and more than 180 graduate programs, UANDES places special emphasis on research, innovation and development. UANDES is ranked third in Chile according to the student’s scores in the National Admissions Tests (PSU 2014) and is the first non-traditional university nationwide accredited in all five areas by the National Commission of Accreditation (CNA) 2012-2017. UANDES has 93 active agreements with institutions abroad and receives international students for semester-long courses in Spanish and English (for Business) and short-term experiences.

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