Programs by Term: Summer II


Amman, Jordan

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Spend your summer in London and Amman exploring the process of peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. Begin your learning journey in the U.K. and continue it in Jordan. A brief summary of the program is below - for complete details, visit the Study, Faculty and Experience pages to your left. Two weeks are spent in London followed by three in Amman.

Argentina: Spanish Language and Argentinian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Faculty Leader: Claudia Sokol (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session:

For Accepted Students Only: Tuesday, February 25th from 6-7 p.m. Location: 154 Ryder Hall  

Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-7 p.m. Location: 154 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II


  • SPNS1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad


This is a Language and Culture dialogue that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 weeks and then to El Calafate, Provincia de Santa Cruz (Patagonia) for 5 days. The students will take language classes at a language school, Bridge Argentina in downtown Buenos Aires as well as a culture class. There will be several guest speakers that will talk about Argentina’s history as well as its complex economy, Argentinian writers such as José Hernández, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, an Architecture Tour of the city of Buenos Aires, the tango and its influence in Argentina’s culture. We will take a City Tour to get to know the city and its different neighborhoods, a visit to the Teatro Colón, the second most important Opera- Concert house in the world, visit Tigre and its delta, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a World Heritage site recognized by the UNESCO, visit the El Ateneo Gran Splendid bookstore, a real gem located in the old theatre that retains all the glory of an Italian opera house, go to the Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor and experience the gaucho’s  life & folklore. In Patagonia we will visit the Parque Nacional los Glaciares & do trekking on the Glaciar Perito Moreno if the season opens when we get there! We will also volunteer at TAMA, an animal shelter & talk in two radio stations to bring awareness to the general public about the importance of helping the abandoned and abused dogs that live in the shelter under deplorable conditions, with no roof or heating enduring severe winters!

ATHENS: American College of Greece, Deree

Traditional | Athens, Greece

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

DEREE, The American College of Greece is an ideal choice for study abroad. You'll find the excitement of Athens, the beauty of the Mediterranean, and the famous hospitality of the Greek people attractive reasons to study in Greece. And we believe you'll find the overwhelming advantages of studying abroad at DEREE to be irresistible. With a 90% Greek student body, you'll enjoy a full cultural immersion experience with plenty of opportunities to make friends and learn about Greek culture. DEREE is the only institution in Athens accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), easing the process of course credit transfer back to your home institution. With 21 majors, 21 minors, and over 1,000 courses offered each year, DEREE provides you with plenty of courses to choose from in business, fine arts, humanities, social sciences, communication, and more! Located on a breathtaking hillside at the edge of Athens, DEREE's park-like campus offers an ideal setting to study in Greece, offering modern classrooms, an impressive library and Olympic-quality athletic facilities.

BALKANS: Conflict Resolution, Nationalism(s), & the Question of Europe *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belgrade, Serbia

Faculty co-leaders: Profs. Denis Sullivan and Will Lovely ( and

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Term: Summer II


  • POLS 4938: International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement


The Balkans Dialogue investigates conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.  We look at American efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia (through the Dayton Accords) in 1995. Four years later, NATO and the US were also militarily involved in the Kosovo conflict, bombing Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.  The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history, culture, politics, and society of the former Yugoslavia.  NU students will meet with Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian community activists, students, scholars, and political leaders; journalists; U.S. embassy staff; E.U., U.N., and NATO representatives; plus various NGOs and civil society groups.  E.U. accession is a major question for Serbia as well as Bosnia.  We will study:

  • Balkans history, politics, and society
  • Conflicts, wars, and resolutions: Dayton Accords and more
  • Islam, Christianity and Judaism in Bosnia
  • Serbia after Milosevic
  • Bosnian-U.S. relations; Serbian-U.S. relations
  • NATO and the EU – external players inside the Balkans
  • Grass-roots organizing, NGOs, and civil society

BERLIN: Photography in Context – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leader: Andrea Raynor (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Berlin 2014 Information Session: 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:15 -6:00 p.m. 305 Ryder Hall 

Term: Summer II


  • ARTE 2500: Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography
  • ARTE 2501: Art & Design Abroad: German Cultural History


Photography in Context, Berlin is an intensive photography study abroad program. Classes offered will be ARTE 2500 (Documentary Photography) and ARTE2501 (German Cultural History).

In the Documentary course, students will develop their photographic skills working within a narrative visual format, while refining their unique photographic perspectives. Students will commit and immerse themselves to a term length project that will work towards developing strong editing skills and a concise narrative. Students must have been enrolled in Photo Basics or demonstrate advanced knowledge of digital photography and editing software.

The German Cultural History course will focus on the creative context of contemporary Germany, particular attention will be paid to photography, the visual arts and architecture. Class visits to museums, galleries, local studios, walking architectural tours and visiting lecturers by local artists will be an integral part of the class. This class is open to the university, with no pre-requisite.




CAMBRIDGE: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Traditional | Cambridge, England

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

The Pembroke-Kings Programme (PKP) offers an exceptional opportunity to experience Cambridge student life over eight weeks, the length of a regular undergraduate term. Living in Pembroke or Kings Colleges, students choose three classes from the around thirty to forty on offer, including courses in the arts, social sciences, humanities and sciences. Courses are taught in the main by Cambridge-affiliated faculty and are academically 'Cambridge' in style, content and standard. Students can also apply to take a supervision, in which an individual student meets with a professor weekly to work on a series of research-based papers, or a longer dissertation, in the students major subject area.

China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Kunming, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session:

Tuesday, November 12th at 6pm (Location: Ryder Hall 275)

Term: Summer II


  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 3 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture and businesses. Students who enroll in this program will spend 34 days in Kunming, China; 3 days in Hong Kong & Macau; and 2 days in Shanghai. Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai are famous international cities in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in distinctively different regions either developed or developing with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese culture variations as well as customs within this one program.

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, which is also known as “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring like weather with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer you a not so typical summer.

Participating students will be offered with 100 hours of practical Chinese classes (equivalence to one semester Chinese course in NEU including CHNS 1101), which is 4 hours per weekday, and 50 hours of cultural classes, which is 2 hours per weekday. In addition, each student will be accompanied by a Mandarin native speaker as a language partner whose major is teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language, throughout their 34-day stay in Kunming except during class lessons. Students will have lots of opportunities to interact in depth and practice their Chinese with their language partners.

The 2-hour per weekday cultural classes in this program offers interesting introduction to one of the oldest and most complex culture in the world. This includes activities such as Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts, Walking and Sitting Meditation, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Chinese songs and so on. We also provide optional workshops, such as HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) workshop & Chinese movie workshop.

Kunming’s average highs are around 75 °F in summer, thus Kunming is the most favorable city weather-wise during summer time in China. Besides the 150 hours of practical Chinese and Cultural lessons mentioned above, during weekends (per program schedule), you will get to visit nature wonders and historical sites such as Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Karst Caves.

In this program, we may also arrange additional post-dialogue trips to Shanghai. These trips will present opportunities for students to test and practice their Chinese after 34 days of intensive Chinese lessons in Kunming.

You are welcome to access Summer II China Dialogue Presentations on YouTube via:


COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA: Social and Environmental Sustainability in Central America (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Costa Rica

Faculty Leaders: Lori Gardinier ( and Ron Sandler (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Term: Summer II


  • HUSV4945 Leadership & International Program Development
  • PHIL1181 Environmental Ethics Abroad


This interdisciplinary program explores contemporary issues in social and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Students will examine how economic development and globalization influences the social and ecological environments.   Participants will engage in service-learning within non-profit organizations, visit agricultural and environmental programs, and refine their Spanish language skills all while living with Costa Rican families.   They will also study and analyze alternative approaches to ecosystem management, including species conservation, and agriculture, with an emphasis on the values that underlie them and the challenges that human impacts on the environment (particularly global climate change) pose to them.   Particular attention will be giving to the ethics and practices within the ecotourism industry, the role of public private partnerships, the relationship between social and environmental sustainability, and the ecological and social roles of national parks.   Using lectures, presentations, case studies, field trips, and service-learning this program will expose student to the theoretical and ethical frameworks used to explain and evaluate social and ecological systems and practices.  While in service-learning placements students will develop and apply skills and techniques for program development and implementation in the nonprofit sector.  This experiential program focuses on program evaluation techniques within nonprofits, ethics in international volunteerism/foreign nonprofit interventions, globalization and its influence on the nonprofit sector, and ethical issues in ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and ecological sustainability.

CUZCO: ASA – Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Traditional | Cuzco, Peru

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is a bilingual university which has been graduating young entrepreneurs who contribute to the sustainable development of Peru for the past 11 years.  The university was created as an innovative option in education, promoting entrepreneurship among the students. All courses are taught in English as the university believes that it will make their graduates better prepared for a competitive labor market.

FLORENCE: Lorenzo de’ Medici

Traditional | Florence, Italy

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

LdM is centrally located in the San Lorenzo area offers students the opportunity to take art, social science, fashion, Italian language, and many other course offerings while studying in historic Florence.

Highlights of LdM Florence:

  • Oldest LdM site (since 1973)
  • Courses in English
  • Comprehensive academic programs
  • 15 buildings, centrally located in San Lorenzo area
  • Strong connections to the community; many opportunities for community projects
  • Partnership with the University of Florence (Italian language conversation exchange, joint archaeology projects) and local businesses, government, and festivals.
  • Popular student clubs

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Madeline Olsen, LdM Spring 2013;

FLORENCE: Studio Art Centers International (SACI)

Traditional | Florence, Italy

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Studio Arts Center International (SACI) was founded by an American artists to offer study abroad students the opportunity to live and study in Florence, Italy, surrounded by the treasures of Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary Europe. SACI is an active member of the Florentine community, exhibiting current artists and helping to conserve and restore precious paintings and buildings. Courses are taught in English and focus on art and architecture. Most art courses are available in beginning through advanced levels. There is also a selection of Italian language and culture classes, which students are encouraged to take. Some classes include field trips around Florence and Italy.

FRIBOURG: Survey of International Organizations

Traditional | Fribourg, Switzerland

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

The Survey of International Organizations (SIO), established in 2003, provides students with an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations in today's fast changing global environment. The course examines the achievements and failures of some of the world's most important economic, political and humanitarian organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The SIO offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the cultural and political life of contemporary Switzerland, Europe and the world of international diplomacy.

Germany and Poland: Holocaust and Genocide Studies – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leaders: Professor Natalie Bormann ( &  Veronica Czastkiewicz (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions: 

  • Monday, October 21st 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Thursday, October 24th 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Tuesday, October 29th 4.15 - 5.15 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)

Term: Summer II


  • POLS4937: Government and Politics Learning Abroad in Germany and Poland
  • INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: The role of Trauma and Collective Memory in Europe today


This program offers students immersion into the role and legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and Poland – as one of the most significant and traumatic topics of Europe’s shared history and politics.  Students will travel to Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow – cities that played central roles during the Holocaust and that continue to be central as sites of remembrance, memory and trauma.

The program consists of visits to key sites of trauma and memory, including the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, the Nuremberg trial courtroom, Schindler’s factory, the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Villa Wannsee, and many more sites.  These visits are complemented by lectures, seminars, guided tours – given by faculty of the University of Munich, the Free University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University Krakow - interviews with Holocaust survivors, and by archival research.


Germany: German Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leader: Maren Blanchard (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Meeting with the Professor: Students are encouraged to visit prof. Blanchard every Wednesday at 1:15 pm in 264 Ryder Hall or make an appointment directly

Term: Summer II


  • GRMN 2301/2302/3301/3302 German Language Immersion
  • CLTR 4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

The Berlin Dialogue provides students with an intensive instruction in German. Students will attend intensive language classes each weekday morning at a highly - accredited language institute.

In addition students will get an inside view of German Culture, engage with Professor Blanchard while experiencing a variety of things, such as: many interesting guided tours, meeting students their ages of different heritage (who were born and grew up in Berlin), talking to witnesses to history, getting to know the historical and modern Berlin.

Berlin has always been a vibrant and exciting city but since the reunification in 1989, Berlin has developed into one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

GREECE: Then and Now *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Athens, Greece

Group Leader: Prof. Richard A. Katula (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session: October 29, 2013, 6:00-8:00 pm, 325 Shillman

Term: Summer II


  • COMM 3306: International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement


The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present.  The special emphasis of this Dialogue is the Greek people and the economic crisis they face today. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, film), and history (ancient and contemporary).  In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit historic and archaeological sites in the following venues: Athens, the Peloponnese, Crete, Santorini, Corfu,Cephalonia, Lias, Delphi, and Meteora.  At some of these sites, students will go on tours to antiquities such as the Parthenon, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphic Oracle, Meteora, Knossos, The Achilleon Palace, Nafplion, Lias Village, etc.  At other sites, students will interact with local citizens and students from around the world, discussing issues common to them and controversies affecting the region.  During the course, students will maintain a photo-journal, write three book reports, and write two reaction papers on topics associated with lectures or places from our travels.

GUACIMO: Earth University – Sustainability in Latin America

Experiential Research, Traditional | Guacimo, Costa Rica

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

The Field Study Program in Costa Rica will be held on the campus of EARTH University in Guacimo, Costa Rica, an 8,000 acre estate 40 miles east of the capital city of San Jose.

The program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to help organizations understand and act upon the principles of sustainability, and to gain a deeper understanding about the relationships between business, society and the environment in the Latin American context.

The first three weeks of the program will be spent at the Guacimo campus (Caribbean coast) and the fourth week at the La Flor campus (Pacific coast). The Caribbean coast has lush vegetation, mountains and white sand beaches, world-class fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and all types of water activities. The Pacific coast has first-rate beaches and is famous for its surfing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and nearby wildlife refuges and national parks.

Costa Rica offers a variety of spectacular outdoor activities including breathtaking cloud forests, active volcanoes, stunning beaches, tropical nature preserves, and horseback riding. Included in the program, students will take two week-end trips: a canopy rainforest tour and a trip to the Arenal Volcano, a treat to watch, especially at night when red molten lava spurts from the volcano cone.

HONG KONG: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Traditional | Hong Kong, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

This program, through the International Asian Study Programs (IASP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), offers students an opportunity to live and study in this exciting, fast paced city while it defines its new role in modern China. Students are able to select courses, taught in English, from both the IASP curriculum and the regular course offerings of the Chinese University. Students fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese language may choose to take courses exclusively taught in these dialects. Classroom discussions, field trips, and every day Chinese life also enable students to immerse themselves in the culture and see, first-hand, the dramatic changes that are taking place each day.

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Iceland: Field Study of Volcanic and Glacial Processes *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Iceland

Faculty Leader: Mal Hill (
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (
Information Session: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:00-7:00PM Room 231 Forsyth Building
Monday, October 28, 2013 6:00-7:00PM Room 231 Forsyth Building
Term: Summer II
  • ENVR 5201 Geologic Field Seminar
  • ENVR 5202 Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad


Iceland’s location on an active plate boundary (the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) and its location near the Arctic Circle makes it a great destination for environmental field study of young lava flows and volcanoes; older, uplifted and more deeply eroded rocks to the east and west sides of the active rifts; and study of both modern and ancient glacial processes.  Volcanic landforms and eruption styles differ, depending on whether magma erupts on land, beneath the ice, or flows into water, and we study examples that formed in each environment.  Glaciers erode the landscape, transport and deposit sediments, and melt gradually to form rivers (much of Iceland’s electricity derives from hydropower).  Sometimes, when lava erupts beneath a glacier, rapid melting of the base of the glacier forms disruptive, magma-induced floods (known as jökulhlaup).  In addition to focusing separately on volcanic and glacial processes, we will consider the ways that magma and groundwater interact to create geothermal energy; how magma and glaciers interact; and how Icelandic society is influenced by these and other environmental factors.  This is a field-based experience, and most days involve some or much hiking to get to and from the study area for that day.  We spend most nights in tents in campgrounds, and Iceland is known for having occasionally windy and rainy weather.  Interested students can contact Mal Hill ( in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences for additional information.

INDIA: Marketing in Asia and India Dialogue “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty Leader: Lefevre, Duane (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 @ 1pm: Curry #342
  • Tuesday, October 29 @ 6pm: Curry #332
  • Wednesday, November 6 @ 6 pm: NU YMCA #109
  • Thursday, November 7 @ 11am: Curry #334

Term: Summer II


  •  MKTG4220, Marketing In Asia
  • INTL4944 “Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagment: India and its Glorious Contradictions


India has one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. You’ll find the origins of the Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh religions here as well as World Heritage sites as diverse as Qutb Minar, the Ajanta and Ellora Buddhist Caves, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Victoria Terminus and of course the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world). From a business perspective, over a billion consumers live there and it has had one of the fastest growing economies in the last twenty years. What was once the biggest market in the world for Rolls Royce is now a must win market for P&G, Ford, IBM and Boeing. It is also a growing source of the world’s software and major destination for business process outsourcing.

The India Dialogue takes an in-depth look at India from both cultural and business perspectives. The cultural component includes a comprehensive overview of Indian history, culture, religion, politics, food and society. The business component delves into marketing and business in the second most populous nation on earth. The Marketing in Asia course will explore India’s evolution into a must win market, its burgeoning middle class and the ‘Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’.

There will be extensive dialogue with Indian students and business people and site visits to:

  • Local Advertising Agencies in Mumbai
  • Conde Nast India and a Public Relations Agency
  • Reliance Communications BIG FM radio studios and the NDTV cable news network studios
  • A guided tour of the Dharavi slum (Asia’s largest) and its amazing economic ecosystem
  • Greenlight Planet which manufactures and distributes low-power LED lanterns via innovative distribution networks to rural India
  • The Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve in Bangalore
  • Taj Mahal the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city; one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture
  • The Amber Fort known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements
  • The village of Channapatna in rural Karnataka where local craftspeople specialize in brightly colored wooden toys

We’ll base ourselves in India’s financial and marketing capital (Mumbai) for two weeks moving on to a week in its silicon valley (Bangalore) with our final week in the rich historical golden triangle in the North (Delhi/Agra/Jaipur).

IRELAND: Studio Art, History, and Culture in Ireland

Dialogue of Civilizations | Ballyvaughn, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Mira Cantor (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session: January 22, 2014, 5:15 pm, 399 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II


  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Art Studio in Ireland
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History - History and Culture in Ireland


This is a 4 weeks studio hands on experience where students are provided a studio to create a project using any art medium. The first week is very structured by the faculty. Students will participate in a series of exercises, hike, listen to lectures and discuss readings. Weekend: to Aran Islands. The second week students discuss their projects and begin working on them. There are intense critiques every other day by faculty. Weekend :a day at the Galway Arts Festival. The third week the work continues with Celli dancing and lectures in between. The fourth week we prepare for the final exhibition of all student work.  Weekend: Dublin

A video for the program can be seen at


ISRAEL: Contemporary Israel and its Complexities – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tel Aviv, Israel

Faculty Leader: Lori Lefkovitz (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Term: Summer II

Website: Read more about the program and past student experiences here


  • INTL 4944 Israel in Literature & the Arts
  • POLS 4937 Politics & Communication in Today’s Israel


Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the modern State of Israel, this Dialogue will explore the complexities of Israeli society, politics, and culture and how they are presented in journalism, art, and literature.  What are the key narratives and characteristics of Israeli society?   How do journalists and creative artists shape our perceptions of Israel’s complex reality?  How do various Israeli authors and artists grapple with such issues as diversity within the population, the conflicts between Israel and her neighbors and between Israelis and Palestinians, and how does Israel negotiate its Jewish identity with liberal democratic values?  Students will meet with leaders, journalists, artists, and academic experts.  Special focus will be on the city of Jerusalem, our host city, a multicultural center of three religions and multiple ethnic groups, but we will also travel to and study these issues as they are reflected in the South, Tel Aviv, and the North of Israel. 

Istanbul and Bodrum-Mugla: Urban Space and Religion in Turkey *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Istanbul, Turkey

Faculty leader: Prof. Berna Turam (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Jan 17th 3:30-4:30PM Renaissance Park (Second Floor Kitchen Area)

Term: Summer: II

Courses: SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad

INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations


This course is designed as a fieldtrip research course, in which students develop their independent research projects in close collaboration with the Faculty Leader.  The driving interest of the research projects is to explore the increasingly controversial relations between the new pious Muslim elite and the old secular elite.  We will conduct hands on research on the fault-lines that divide the residents of the highly contested neighborhoods, such as Tesvikiye, Eyup, Taksim and Beyoglu in Istanbul.  How do ordinary people contest the borders that separate religion and politics?  How and why is secularism (separation of religion and politics) so controversial in the context of Turkey and the Middle East?

As most of the contestation against the pro-Islamic government has taken place in Istanbul, our focus will be on in urban space and religion.  Broadly speaking, we will explore how urban space, specifically neighborhood, is contested by ordinary residents, who differ and/or disagree over religion and the type of secularism.  However, we will also bring in gender, class age and possibly ethnicity as other factors influencing political discontent and contestation.  Students will read an exciting literature and be encouraged to ask questions about politics of Islam, religion, piety and secularism.


Traditional | Krakow, Poland

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences Semester (IPHSS) Program: Students who choose to study abroad in Krakow with API complete courses offered in English by the Jagiellonian University of Krakow’s IPHSS. The curriculum of the IPHSS program is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and experience. The program focuses on the most significant issues of modern philosophy, anthropology, history, literary theories, art history and psychology. The main emphasis is placed on the modern and interdisciplinary character of 20th century cultural phenomena. All students are REQUIRED to take a Polish language course during the semester sessions, plus 3 additional courses in English.

Polish Language and Culture Summer Session: API students attend courses at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow's School of Polish Language and Culture. All students are REQUIRED to take a Polish language course during the summer session. Language classes are taught in Polish and most culture courses are taught in English. Some culture courses are taught in Polish for advanced students. All courses are taken with other American and international students. The number of credits per course vary and are indicated in parentheses after the course title.

Students who choose to study abroad in Krakow complete their courses at Jagiellonian University. Founded in 1364 by King Kazimierz the Great, it is Poland’s oldest university and one of the oldest in Central Europe. Students complete classes in English with visiting students in Jagiellonian’s Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Sciences. The university offers Polish language, civilization and culture classes. Students can also take up to two classes per semester with Polish students that are taught in English in American studies, business and communications, European studies, psychology, sociology and more. Whether students choose to focus on Polish studies or take classes in other disciplines, living and studying in Krakow provides an incredible education.


Traditional | London, England

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Regardless of your major, our academic courses keep you on track while you soak up regional history and culture. Study abroad options include courses with local visits, service-learning, and special lectures related to your study abroad experience, all designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you to pursue subjects through academic and field research.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Yingkun Zhu, CAPA London Summer 1, 2012;

LONDON: London School of Economics

Traditional | London, England

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Internationally renowned London School of Economics and Political Science  offers both a summer school or full academic year option.

The summer programme is based on regular undergraduate courses taught at LSE and has gained popularity in the academic community. You will find that the opportunity offered by Summer School extends further than world-class teaching. The programme is a learning experience made unique by a truly diverse mix of participants drawn from over 80 countries and with an eclectic range of backgrounds.All Summer School participants are considered part of the wider LSE community and are afforded the same rights and privileges as regular students. There is an organized social programme affording opportunity to meet and relax with your teachers and fellow participants. To view this program please visit

For those who believe a summer is not enough, a year long option, The General Course, is also available. Enhance your personal development and gain resume building experiences through year long studies at LSE. Independent research shows that the longer students study abroad the greater the academic, career, cultural and personal benefits, and for those interested LSE is a great opportunity.

Lyon – French Language and Culture (CLOSED)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lyon, France

Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Monday November 4, 2013 6PM-7PM 315 BK

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture

FRNH (Multiple Levels offered) 2201, 2202, 3201, 3202


The summer language course will include 80 hours of classes in addition to the cultural and historical immersion. Those classes will cover different levels of French in order to satisfy the students’ level. The students will be exposed to intensive oral and written skills.

The program includes:
- Language practice through various activities inside and outside the classroom: - Introduction to life in Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc...
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will cover the “Immigration in France”:

The immigrants played a significant role in France’s development as well as its laws throughout generations. Before the first and the Second World War and after the decolonization in Africa, lots of immigrants came to France to seek employment and a new life. Nowadays, the French immigration’s policy has changed. The European workers are more accepted than Africans. Because of xenophobic view and conservatism from the right wing (Le F.N.) the French government modified the laws in regards of immigration and citizenship.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The history of immigration.
  • Cause and effect of the immigration.
  • The role of immigration in the development of France.
  • The political participation and impact of immigrants in France
  • The immigration policy.
  • Controlled Immigration, Racism and citizenship in Modern France
  • The problem of integration/assimilation of immigrant groups in France.
  • Chosen immigration.
  • The challenge of French diversity.

MADRID: API – Universidad Nebrija

Traditional | Madrid, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

To study in Madrid is to experience more than a classroom – it is to experience the history of Spain and its people. Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid is the contemporary capital of Spanish culture, finance, and industry. A large, international and cosmopolitan city, Madrid is a city of possibilities. It boasts incredible monuments and museums, including the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Visitors cannot miss the Iglesia de San Isidro, once the cathedral of Madrid, or the Palacio Real. Madrid is also known for its fountains and elaborate parks, including the glorious Parque del Retiro. The energy of Madrid is in its street life and warm people. API gives students the chance to live and learn in this fast-paced capital city.

Students may participate in the Spanish Language, Business and Humanities Semester Track, or the Spanish Language and Culture Summer Track.

Why Madrid?

  • Capital of Spain
  • Prado Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • London, Paris and Rome in less than 3 hours by air
  • Museo Reina Sofía
  • Wonderful array of Spanish cities in 3 hours or less
  • Students from all over the world
  • Cosmopolitan city
  • Courses in English

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Shawn Zubin, API Madrid Spring 2013;

Multiple Locations – Japanese Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty leader:  Kumiko Tsuji (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Thursday, November 7th, 3-4 PM in 220 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

JPNS 2101, 2102, 3101, 3102, 4101, 4102 (Multiple Levels)


The Dialogue program in Japan is an immersion course in language and culture. It will be held in two key cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, including visits to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nara, Himeji, and Hakone.

First, we will visit Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, where there are many historical and well preserved temples and shrines.  Students can learn about the development of Japanese wooden architecture and the art of Japanese gardens. Cultural seminars such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy will be offered at Doshisha University. During the stay in Kyoto, we will visit Nara,  another ancient capital, and Himeji, the city famous for the Himeji Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

We will also stay in Hiroshima and visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.Students will have an opportunity to think about the importance of peace in our society. We will also visit Miyajima, a small island that is famous for the beautiful shrine gate.

Next, we will visit Tokyo, the modern capital of Japan. Students will have a chance to see two faces of Tokyo: traditional and contemporary.    In Tokyo students will take intensive language courses at Seijo University. Also, they will attend the lectures on the related subjects. Students will also have an opportunity to live with Japanese host family for a few days. It will be a wonderful experience, as they can learn the custom and culture through homestay.

We will also visit Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Students will enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, that was selected as UNESCO’s World Heritage site in 2013, and relax in hot springs.

Both in Kyoto and Tokyo students will have an opportunity to interact and practice Japanese with local college students on daily basis. It will give students a chance to practice Japanese and learn the life, ideas, and interests of Japanese college students.

NETHERLANDS: Sustainable Urban Transportation *Closed*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Delft, Netherlands

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Furth (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session: November 12, 2013, 5:15 pm, 158 RY

Term: Summer II


  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European and U.S. Perspectives
  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement


While the Netherlands is as affluent a country as the US, the Dutch drive cars half as much as we Americans do, ride trains 10 times as much, and ride bikes 40 times as much as Americans. They also have the world’s best traffic safety record, killing only 1/3 as many people (per capita) as we do on US roads. Dutch bicycling infrastructure makes it safe for everyone – children and elderly as well – to ride bikes anywhere, and is a major reason that more than 25% of trip nationwide, and more than 40% in cities like Delft and Amsterdam, are made by bike. The goal of this course is learn Dutch principles for planning cities and designing bikeways, roads, and transit networks that make ABC (all-but-car) transportation so attractive.


Students will stay at a hostel in the center of historic Delft, hold classes at Delft University, and will ride bicycles daily for commuting and for field trips. About 1/3 of the time will be spent in classrooms, 1/3 on field trips, and 1/3 working on projects. Lecture speakers include experts and local officials responsible for urban planning, bikeway design, and transit planning. Field trips, almost all done by bicycle, are visits to cities to see good examples of urban planning, bicycling infrastructure, and high quality transit, often including meetings with city officials. Field trips to more distant cities (e.g., Amsterdam, Rotterdam)  involve train travel as well. Students do two kinds of projects. One kind is documenting Dutch practices and examples, contributing to a web site intended to introduce an American audience to new ideas about sustainable transportation planning. The other kind is design projects in which students apply Dutch principles and practices to redesigning a Boston-area street or area. To see projects completed in 2011 and 2012, see

PERU SUMMER II: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lima, Peru

Faculty Leader: Prof. Yanet Canavan (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions:

Monday, January 13, 2014  6-7 p.m. 431 Ryder Hall

Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:30 - 6 p.m. 155 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II


  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad


This Spanish immersion program will take place at a language center in Lima and at Amauta Language School in Cuzco (the capital of the Inca empire). The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on: developing all of the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits (museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities such as dining at fine restaurants and experiencing Lima's and Cuzco's night life. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program, students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima and Cuzco have to offer while using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (in a Language School or in the Air Force School) in which they will help Peruvian students to practice speaking English and also explain to them a typical day in the life of a American college student. Students from Northeastern will have Peruvian language partners. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay with Peruvian guest families, learning their culture and using the Spanish language in their day-to-day activities.

The itinerary is tentatively scheduled as such:

  • 3 weeks in Miraflores, Lima
  • 4 days in Ica - Nazca
  • 1 week in Cuzco

For more information: Contact Prof. Yanet Canavan (

Poland: From Occupation to Resistance – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Warsaw, Poland

Faculty Leader: Prof. Jeffrey Burds (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 6th 4:00 p.m. in 206 Meserve Hall

Wednesday, November 13th 11:00 a.m. in 206 Meserve Hall

Term: Summer II


  • HIST4946 Central Europe Abroad (Field Research)
  • INTL4944 Dialogues of Civilization/Regional


Warsaw is rapidly becoming a second Prague in Europe—safe, negotiable in English, a beautiful and haunting 1200-year old city that represents the very best of several European cultures.

This Summer II Dialogue will examine the history of the Second World War in Poland--from the German invasion in September 1939, the Polish national resistance, the Holocaust,  the Warsaw Uprising, the Soviet occupation of Poland from autumn 1944, and the Solidarity Movement that brought Polish independence in the 1980s.  Based at Warsaw University, the program includes regularly scheduled classes with lectures by the Dialogue leaders and local scholars, plus visits to relevant historical and cultural sites around Poland.  Excursions are planned to the concentration camps at Auschwitz; Krakow (the site of the main school for training Nazi collaborationist police and prison guards); Zakopane—a mountain resort town where the Nazis had schools for SS and Abwher (military intelligence) assets; and Gdansk, the site of the Solidarity Movement that brought liberation of Poland from Soviet power in the 1980s.  The program will include a visit to Zelazowa Wola, the birth place and museum of Chopin, and attendance of a performance of his music. More than any other, Chopin is the Polish composer who created the soundtrack of the Polish national resistance struggle.

The Program leader is Professor Jeffrey Burds, an award-winning teacher and scholar whose work on the history of the Soviet secret police throughout Eastern Europe has earned him an international reputation. Program co-leader is Izabella Burds, a native of Warsaw, with an advanced business degree and more than 20 years of experience in Polish corporate life during the transition from Soviet satellite to one of the most successful of all post-Soviet economies. The program Resident Assistant is a member of the cultural section in the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, Miss Paulina Sieradzan.

Jewish Studies Students: The Jewish Studies Program will offer 8 full credits in their program for the Polish Dialogue of Civilization to any student who pursues a special project on some aspect of Jewish history or culture, or the Holocaust. For details, please contact Professor Jeffrey Burds.

Blogs on the 2013 program:    







ROME: American University of Rome

Traditional | Rome, Italy

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Students participating on a semester or summer study abroad program through the American University of Rome (AUR) enjoy Roman culture, architecture, and people, while taking courses in a variety of disciplines. AUR is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy. AUR uses Rome as its classroom and Italy and Europe as invaluable resources. AUR prepares students to live and work across cultures through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural faculty and staff. Course instruction is in English.

ROME: John Cabot University

Traditional | Rome, Italy

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

John Cabot University is an independent, accredited four-year college of liberal arts and sciences, with an outstanding faculty, an international degree-seeking student body and over 200 courses from which to choose. Travel in Italy, classes on site at famous monuments and museums throughout the city and a range of extra-curricular activities are just some of the advantages of John Cabot's program.

The culture of an American university, with classes (except Italian language and literature) taught in English; the international atmosphere of a global mix of students of varying backgrounds and nationalities; the incomparable Roman milieu combining centuries of history and art with up-to-the-minute style.

Students visiting from the United States meet others from Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Italian degree-seeking students. Lively exchanges of views and perspectives take place in small classroom settings and on the terraces of the charming ex-convent that is John Cabot's main campus. Cross-cultural friendships develop in the abundant coffee bars and trattorie of Trastevere where JCU is located. Total immersion in the Roman way of life brings new understanding and appreciation of how others live.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Luke Kashdan, JCU Spring 2013;

Russia and Ukraine: Russian Language and Culture – A Tale of Three Cities – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Moscow, Russia

Faculty Leader:
Ekaterina (Katya) Burvikova (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions: 

October 30th   at 6 pm in 220 Ryder
October 31st  at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder
November 6th at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder


Term: Summer II


  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

The program will be an ambitious journey into the heart and soul of Russian culture, by exploring the history, culture and streets of three of Eastern Europe’s most historic and interesting cities: Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

The program will begin in Moscow with an exploration of the most significant city in modern Russia. Academic classes will begin as an overview of the program with lessons in History, Culture, and Language. Meanwhile, daily trips around the city will bring these lessons to life.

In the second week the students will visit St Petersburg, the historic capital of the Russian Empire, and cultural capital of Russia. The home of the Russian Revolution, The Hermitage (the Tsar’s Palace which is now the home to one of the world’s greatest museums) and experience the legendary white nights on the shores of the historic Neva river.

Then the students will return to Moscow for more academic classes and trips to historic site in the surrounding areas. The program will end with a trip to Kiev, Ukraine, the historic home of the Kievan Rus and the beginning of Russian civilization in the 9th century.  Here, we will explore ancient Russian civilization as well as the modern capital of the newly independent Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic.

The theme of the program is dialogue, not just in language but the dialogue between history and geography, culture and tradition, as well as your own experiences and your experiences in Russia.

In just 35 days the students will experience a whirlwind exploration of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and modern Eastern Europe through hands on study and exploration of these three historic capitals of Russian civilization.

Students will receive some pre-departure online tasks like readings (including reflections in a diary/blog), during the in-country stay they will have daily field-trip to get familiar with Russian culture and life. Each field trip will be followed by a discussion to find essential traits of Russian culture.  As the final task students will be asked to create a presentation on a topic of their interest.

SAN JOAQUIN DE FLORES: API – Instituto San Joaquin de Flores

Traditional | San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Specifically-designed for American students, the program at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores offers advanced and superior level Spanish language courses along with a variety of electives including arts, literature, cultural studies, sociology, and environmental studies taught in Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to interact with “ticos” (as Costa Ricans refer to themselves) outside of the classroom by participating in community service opportunities and cultural activities.

Advanced-level students who seek active involvement with local community members in San Joaquín are encouraged to select the Advanced Spanish Conversation course. As part of the course, students complete 20 or more hours of community service at local schools, libraries or retirement homes. High-advanced or superior-level Spanish speakers have the option of enrolling in one class with Costa Rican students per semester for no additional fee. Students can study at the Universidad Latina, located in the nearby town of Heredia. Enrollment also allows API students to participate in sports and other activities with Costa Rican students. Subjects available include advertising, business, communications, education, law, and public relations. Students who choose to study at the Universidad Latina must submit an official high school transcript and copy of their diploma in addition to their college transcript upon applying. An additional fee per class is charged for students who take two or more classes at the Universidad Latina.

SAN JOSE: International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)

Traditional | San Jose, Costa Rica

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Located in Costa Rica, ICDS is an applied research center which is dedicated to promoting sustainable human development. ICDS, jointly with ULatina, offers fall and spring semester programs* which include classes from an array of disciplines and topic areas related to sustainable human development, such as human rights, society and development, the environment, sustainable development, social justice and, of course, Spanish language. ICDS´ summer programs include courses relating to Spanish language and development, as well as Spanish language and the health care system in Latin America, the latter offered jointly with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Costa Rica´s largest private hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission International.

Equally important to class time, ICDS provides varied experiential and service-learning opportunities as a complement to its academic programs. Students in ICDS´ semester programs will take a service-learning course and participate in community work every week, complemented with reflection spaces in the classroom. Also, during the semester programs, there is an exciting field trip to Nicaragua to give students an opportunity to compare and contrast sustainable human development efforts in the two countries of the Central American region, partake in community work, and experience the local culture of Nicaragua. In addition to being immersed into Central American culture through service-learning and field trips, all students live with host families, and local Costa Rican students will also be part of the programs, providing even more contact and immersion into Costa Rican culture.


ICDS Institutional Video

ICDS Homestay Video

ICDS Service-Learning Video


SAO PAULO: CIEE – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Emerging Markets in Brazil

Experiential Research, Traditional | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

The minor in Emerging Markets provides a specific academic path for students from any college within the university to gain an understanding of emerging markets, the role they play in fostering growth in the global economy, and their potential to supplant developed markets to apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical field research projects in an emerging market  The Emerging Markets Program in Brazil will introduce students to the business world in Brazil as well as an introduction to Brazilian culture.

SOUTH AFRICA: Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughessy ( and Gordon Adomdza (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 7 from 6-7PM in 225 Richards Hall  RSVP HERE
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 14 from 5-6PM in 425 Hayden Hall RSVP HERE

Term: Summer II


  • ENTR3306 Global Development Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR3308 Business Economic History of Modern South Africa


The Field Research Program in South Africa is a hands-on, field based research program which is focuses on social entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa. Developed in 2008 by Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, this academically rigorous program will enable students to learn more about global development and how entrepreneurship can lift families out of poverty.

In Module 1, students will work directly with urban entrepreneurs from township communities to help grow their micro-businesses through the Entrepreneurs Consultation Project. Students will work in consulting teams with local students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), which is a free business degree program for low-income students from the townships. At the end of Module 1, student teams will present a deliverable on behalf of their entrepreneur; select teams are eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000 USD from the NU-TSiBA MicroVenture Fund to support their entrepreneur’s business. This portion of the program allows students to gain real life "consultation" experience and also provides students with an understanding of real life venture capital for business development, particularly in an emerging market country such as South Africa.

In Module 2, students will study with Professor Gordon Adomdza at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business to learn about human centered design and social innovation for the base of the pyramid (BoP) market. Students will have the opportunity to consult directly for high impact social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in the Cape Town area. There will be a mid-semester break in Module 2 during which students will travel to Johannesburg to visit other large industries, social businesses, and enterprises.

The academic portion of the program includes subject material such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise development, micro-finance, impact investing, and small business management. Classes are supplemented with site visits to social businesses and enterprises in the surrounding Cape Town or Cape Flats area. Site visits also include guest lecturers from local social enterprises and businesses, visit(s) to Robben Island, Parliament and other historical/cultural sites. Students also attend guest lectures by South African historians, politicians, journalists, faculty, venture capitalists, doctors and researchers to engage students in discussion of topics relevant to South African history post-apartheid, and how the country’s controversial history has led to its modern day business climate.

Weekends include student led service learning projects and thoughtful community service. In this service learning exercise, students are encouraged to research which organizations they wish to support, and fundraise towards their project goal; this component of the program enables students to see impact of their own strategic social investing.

Weekends also include excursions, hiking trips, and an overnight safari.

To watch an informational video about the South Africa Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program, please visit: please visit:

Spain: From the Capital to the Coast – Spanish Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Valencia, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Maria Brucato (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Ryder 427

Wednesday, November 13th  6:30 p.m. in Ryder 431

Term: Summer II


  • SPNS2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad


Our Dialogue begins with a week in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, where students will experience an intensive cultural immersion, attend classes and provide service within the community. Next, we head to the Mediterranean coast for 3 weeks where students will lodge in the University's student residence, attend the Costa de Valencia language institute, and engage in Community Service. Finally, students will enjoy a 2-day excursion to the exquisite Moorish city, Granada, located in Spain's southern region, Andalusia.


Traditional | St. Petersburg, Russia

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Students can study in Russia for a semester or summer term.  Study abroad in Russia and you will:

  • Begin your Russian language studies in spectacular St. Petersburg, where the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO heritage site
  • Gain insight into Russian history, politics, business, and culture through courses taught in English
  • Enjoy a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions to museums, historical sites, and theaters, and interaction with locals

The Russian Area Studies Semester Program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, and civilization as well as a rigorous language program.designed for students who have an interest in Russia. The program can accommodate different levels of language proficiency, especially beginning and intermediate Russian language students. Students can improve their Russian language proficiency with intensive training; live in the 300-year old St. Petersburg and experience the relationship between traditional and modern elements influencing Russian society; participate in optional volunteer projects organized through a well-developed network of contacts that facilitate integration into Russian society; and experience a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions, visits to museums and historical sites, and interaction with locals.

The Russian Area Studies Summer Program  includes six weeks of study at the School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University. The curriculum includes courses in Russian culture, business, politics, art and architecture, and Russian language. During the program, students visit places of historical and cultural significance in and around St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Valaam.

Take part in the Sobesedniki program and you’ll be paired with local students for a variety of language and cultural exchange activities. This partner program provides you with additional language support, while giving you insight into the lifestyles of your Russian peers.

You may also take advantage of a range of volunteer projects in St. Petersburg. You'll have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in English language classes at St. Petersburg State University and private language schools. Although volunteer opportunities may change from semester to semester, it is generally possible for you to volunteer at the Hermitage, International Red Cross, and Salvation Army.

TAIWAN: Biomedical Optics in Taipei – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | taipei, taiwan

Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session: Wednesday, 4 December, from 6:00 to 7:00PM in 352 Egan

Term: Summer 2


  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Chinese Culture in Taiwan
  • EECE4648 Biomedical Optics in an International Context


In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to biomedical problems. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in biomedical optics, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international biomedical research and development in the US and Taiwan.

This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or biomedical instrumentation, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU and Prof. Snow Tseng at National Taiwan University (NTU), will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in biomedical optics to students from both NU and NTU. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH social–science course, Chinese Cultures in Taiwan. In this course we will explore such topics as the Cross-straits tug of war for Formosa, the diverse cultures of the Taiwanese people, history of the island, occupation by other countries, modern times (1945–present) and Taiwan in 2014. (3) The program will include excursions around Taipei and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, calligraphy, and customs of the country.

TUSCANIA: Lorenzo de’ Medici

Traditional | Tuscania, Italy

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

The LdM program at Tuscania is based on a full immersion concept. Because of the town's small size and its geographic location, students live and study in a fully Italian and a more traditional small community-based environment. Integration in the community is fundamental to the program, encouraging students to create relationships in a cultural context. The curriculum has been designed to promote the historical, artistic and cultural qualities that make this part of Italy unique. Thus courses in history and archaeology focus on the Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilizations that are at the core of Tuscania's development, while courses in culinary arts reflect Tuscania's connection to the agricultural cycles and traditions of the region.

VALENCIA: ESIC Business and Marketing School

Traditional | Valencia, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

The International Marketing with Spanish Culture and Language program in Valencia, Spain session offers students the ability to enhance their business education while experiencing life in a new and academically stimulating environment. In addition to the curricular component, outdoor activities will be organized, such as a day out doing team building activities and negotiation games to assess leadership skills. The program also includes visits to Spanish companies and cultural visits around Valencia.  Students will visit well-known Spanish and international companies, such as Lladró, Danone or Coca-cola.   Cultural visits around Valencia and some of its best well know attractions are part of the programme at no extra cost. This includes a guided tour of the Cathedral and historical city centre, a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences, the Albufera lake and the Fallas museum.

VINA DEL MAR: ASA – Universidad de Viña del Mar

Traditional | Vina del Mar, Chile

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Students with all levels of Spanish may study in Chile through the Universidad de Viña del Mar. Students may study abroad for a semester, summer I or summer II session. Semester courses and summer courses are available in English and Spanish.  Subject areas include Spanish language, Film, Literature, Business, Politics, Social Issues, and Chilean Culture.

Why Viña del Mar?

  • Beautiful city on the beach
  • Easy access to other large cities
  • Lots of restaurants and things to do
  • Opportunity to not only take classes with other international students, but with Chilean students as well
  • Large student population in both Viña del Mar and Valparaíso
  • Small class sizes