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Application Deadlines

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Application Deadline

Spring 2015

July 2014

October 1*

Dialogue of Civilizations 2015

mid-October 2014

Priority deadline - November 15Final deadline - February 1

Summer 2015 Traditional Study Abroad

January 2015

February 1 or March 1, check the specific deadlines on the program's fact page

Fall 2015

January 2015

March 15

*Some summer and fall 2015 programs have earlier deadlines, so please check the program information page on our website or speak to a GEO Advisor. Otherwise, host institution applications must be submitted by the GEO deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

Traditional study abroad (summer and semester). Full-time Northeastern undergraduate student and must meet the GPA requirement of the program. At minimum, all programs require students to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. All students must have completed two full semesters of academic work through NU, one of which may be a summer term.   Transfer students and spring admits will need to contact GEO for eligibility.Foreign language requirements apply to some programs.

Dialogue of Civilizations. Each Dialogue of Civilizations program has its own eligibility requirements.  Please refer to the specific program's page for details.  At a minimum, all programs require students to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Additionally, students must have completed two full semesters of academic work through NU, one of which may be a summer term. Transfer students and spring admits will need to contact GEO for eligibility.

Note: All students are considered on an individual basis.

Application Procedure

Please note that even partial online applications are submitted.  Do not start an application unless you plan to complete it.

Traditional study abroad

  1. Attend a study abroad information session. The study abroad information sessions provide a general overview of program offerings, policies, and important timeline information. Dates, times, and locations for the GEO information sessions are listed on our home page. In addition to the information sessions, students going on traditional study abroad programs  are advised to meet with a study abroad coordinator, either by appointment or during office walk-in hours. Our office recognizes that many NU students are on co-op and cannot attend the information sessions or walk-in hours; study abroad advisors will work with such students to schedule a morning meeting, lunchtime phone interview, or evening appointment between 5 and 7.  To schedule such a meeting, please use the online appointment calendar, located on the Self-Service tab of myNEU.
  2. Meet with other advisors. Since your study abroad semester touches on many facets of your academic career at NU, you are advised to meet with a number of your advisors as necessary, including your faculty advisor, co-op advisor, financial aid advisor, and disability coordinator. Additionally, all students must meet with their academic advisors to review course selections before going abroad.
  3. Meet with study abroad advisor/coordinator. After you have met with the appropriate advisors and decided on a study abroad destination, a study abroad advisor/coordinator will check your eligibility for your desired program. The advisor will then review the application process and procedure with you. Please note that each program has its own application forms and requirements. In addition to the program-specific application, all students are required to complete an online GEO application. Some programs may require a letter of recommendation, a personal statement, passport size photos, medical exam, and/or an application fee. Refer to the program fact sheets for details.
  4. Submit application materials to GEO. With the exception of online application submissions, all supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, transcripts, passport photos, etc.) must be returned to GEO by the appropriate deadline. GEO will send only complete applications to the host institutions for evaluation. You should not send any application material directly to the host institution.

Dialogue of Civilizations

You may apply to only one Dialogue program per summer term.  No exceptions are made.  The faculty leader may request one-on-one interviews. Faculty will be reviewing all applications, and GEO will notify students of their official acceptance decision.

To apply to a Dialogue of Civilizations program, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
  2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
  3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
  4. 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.

**Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline).