From the lush scenery to the miles of glacial lime­stone for­ma­tions rolling across the Irish coun­try­side, 12 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents had plenty of inspi­ra­tion to create works of art while on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions trip this summer.

In July, the stu­dents trav­eled to Ireland’s Burren Col­lege of Art and immersed them­selves in the local cul­ture. They learned the his­tory of Bal­ly­vaughan vil­lage, con­versed with its res­i­dents — mostly farmers and fish­ermen — and soaked in the pic­turesque land­scape. They ulti­mately trans­lated this expe­ri­ence to canvas, and the impres­sive results are on dis­play in the main lobby of Inter­na­tional Vil­lage as an art exhibit, “Trans­for­ma­tion,” through the end of November.

For five years, Mira Cantor, pro­fessor of art in the Depart­ment of Art + Design, has led the Dia­logue trip, which she said incor­po­rates an impor­tant aspect of global learning by inte­grating stu­dents into an expe­ri­ence and cul­ture unlike their own. With the example of pro­fes­sional artists close at hand, stu­dents develop a strong work ethic, and also have the luxury of working in their own studios.

It’s a good way to intro­duce stu­dents to the inten­sity of working in the arts,” Cantor said. “The stu­dios are open 24/​7, and the require­ment of pro­ducing a mean­ing­fully devel­oped project by the end of four weeks can get pretty intense.”

The faculty-​​led Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams exem­plify Northeastern’s broad range of unique expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties that have expanded around the globe under Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun’s direction.

The Dia­logue pro­gram has enjoyed tremen­dous growth since 2005, when 60 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in three pro­grams. This year, 950 stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in 49 pro­grams in 40 countries.

In Ire­land, stu­dents spent the first week becoming accli­mated with the area through struc­tured assign­ments, lec­tures and tours, and the final three weeks working on their indi­vidual projects.

The works dis­played in Inter­na­tional Vil­lage include abstract paint­ings, char­coal draw­ings and even an archi­tec­tural model of the coastal village.

Kathrine Briedis, a third-​​year stu­dent pur­suing her bachelor’s degree in art, used the Dia­logue trip to gain more expe­ri­ence working in an art studio and focus more on painting. The stone walls along the Irish land­scape inspired her art­work, which incor­po­rate dif­ferent layers of fabric and paint.

This Dia­logue was very impor­tant to me because even though I was ner­vous at first I learned and grew as an artist enor­mously,” she said.

Syeda Raji, a junior com­mu­ni­ca­tions studies major and art minor, drew inspi­ra­tion from the tex­tures of rocks she dis­cov­ered while doing char­coal rub­bings during a group hike. Raji said it was exhil­a­rating to go from Boston’s urban atmos­phere to the Irish village’s sprawling fields, where she felt free to explore her pas­sion for art.

This expe­ri­ence gave me more con­fi­dence to con­tinue pur­suing art,” Raji said.