INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy – CLOSED


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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 22 - June 27, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty leader: Auroop Ganguly (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer I

Website: You can find out more about this dialogue here


  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy


Climate change has been described as a “clear and present danger” to humankind by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and as “the only thing that … has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it” by former United States President Bill Clinton. The two courses will explore the science, impacts, and policy issues pertinent to climate change.

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  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy

Host University

We will visit multiple academic institutions and interact with local industry leaders but  will no official “host” owing to host country regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 recommended
  • Permission of the instructor, based on interviews, will be necessary to enroll. Demonstration of interest and enthusiasm both in climate change science and policy as well as in Indian culture is a prerequisite. Prior to the abroad portion of the course, attendance at orientation sessions, both for course needs as well as for cultural understanding, will be essential. The sessions will be organized within the campus of Northeastern.
  • The courses are intended for students in the University Scholars program and Civil and Environmental Engineering majors. Based on previous experience, we particularly encourage students from concentrations such as cultural anthropology, behavioral neuroscience, international affairs, and other majors who are interested to bring a unique perspective to the climate science and policy.
  • Other exceptionally motivated and qualified students, particularly in upper classes, are encouraged to discuss with the instructor.

Application Procedure

    *Please note this program is closed and is no longer accepting applications*

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    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?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **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)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $3,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Accommodation will be provided by the travel provider (Chariot India) mostly in 4-star or 5-star hotels, and occasionally in high-end heritage or luxury hotels on hill stations and along sea beaches, and is likely to include one night stay in a House Boat. The same travel provider arranged the logistic arrangements for Summer 2014 and other dialogue courses that run in India.


Mumbai: The financial capital of India and the “maximum city”

Bangalore: The “Silicon Valley” of India

Kerala: “God’s own country”

Kolkata: "City of Joy"

Sunderbans: Home of the Bengal Tigers

Varanasi: "City of Light"

Himalayas: The abode of the Gods

Delhi: The national capital region

Agra: The Taj Mahal