*Note: Northeastern is still very committed to the Global Engagement Program (GEP) and offering global opportunities, however due to the global pandemic, the sequence of global and off-campus experiences are subject to change.
Global Engagement Program: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Social Impact
The Global Engagement Program is an invitation-only program offering select high-talent students a truly global interdisciplinary undergraduate experience through the creation of a learning environment that spans multiple cultures and continents. Eligible students will major in business or a combined business major with economics or political science. Through this unique cultural academic experience, participants will:
- leverage Northeastern’s expansive global network of campuses and partners to immerse themselves in multiple cultures for extensive periods of time;
- build upon, connect, and integrate their learning as they move across locations; and
- become deeply embedded into the Northeastern community as they engage with classmates and faculty in academic, experiential, and social opportunities.
As a GEP student, you will spend your first year in London at our partner institution the New College of the Humanities. You will then split your second year between the Boston campus and a designated regional campus, such as San Francisco. Your third year will be spent in one of several vibrant cities abroad studying with Northeastern’s select partners. You will return to Boston for your final year. You will be able to incorporate domestic and/or international co-ops, as well as take advantage of summer classes in Boston and through Northeastern’s signature Dialogue of Civilizations portfolio of study-away programs. Further, embracing the university’s longstanding ethos of entrepreneurship, students in the program will be challenged to identify innovative solutions to problems facing the communities in which they are living.
This truly experiential approach to undergraduate education embodies the Northeastern learning model—learning by and through real experiences. Graduates of this program will become culturally agile learners who will be well-prepared for success in a world that increasingly requires individuals to understand the role that culture plays in the creation and discovery of new ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues facing society.
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*Note: This is a 4 year program for a Bachelor’s degree, and students will be engaging in full-time study.
Theme: Understanding Global Social Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Ethics
*After careful review of the current UK travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, we have determined that the fall semester will not begin in London. The restrictions will lessen the ability of Northeastern faculty to travel to London multiple times throughout the semester to engage with the students as planned.*
Students will spend their Spring and Summer 1 Semesters at the New College of the Humanities(NCH), where they will take Northeastern and NCH courses, interact with NCH faculty and students, participate in rich experiential learning opportunities, and take advantage of all that the diverse and exciting global city of London has to offer. Students will in every sense be Northeastern and D’Amore-McKim School of Business or College of Social Sciences and Humanities Students, and at the same time they will be integrated into the unique culture of NCH and London.
While in London, students will connect with alumni living and working in the city and explore potential co-op opportunities in London and the UK. London is the perfect place to begin studying global business, economics, and politics, while developing intercultural competence and ethical awareness. The city is a major hub in the global economy and a cultural crossroads, and is dense with Northeastern partners and alumni.
In order to provide students with both structure and flexibility, the first-year curriculum in London is fairly structured but also provides some choice for students. Students will also participate in a 1-credit online cohort experience course called Living, Learning, and Leading Globally and begin working on their Personal and Professional Development Plan, which they will continue to develop and refine over the course of the program.
As rising sophomores, students will participate in NUterm.
Theme: Developing a Global Mindset Wherever You Are
- You will split your second year between the Boston campus and a designated regional campus, as you complete courses to fulfill your major, concentration, and general education requirements.
- In the spring, you might decide to launch into your first co-op.
- Then finish the academic year with a summer session on a Dialogue of Civilizations Program, taking classes in Boston, or completing your co-op.
Theme: Learning and Leading Across Cultures
- You will have a number of choices to build out your third year.
- Study abroad for one semester and spend the other semester at one of the university’s campuses, including Boston.
- Find your next co-op in Boston or around the world.
- Complete a second full year abroad in a location where Northeastern has a dense concentration of partners and resources
- As a rising senior, you will spend one summer session taking courses in Boston.
Theme: Becoming a Lifelong Global Learner and Leader
- You will return to Boston for the final year of the program. In addition to completing your major and NUpath requirements, including your capstone course, you will look back and look forward, completing your cohort experience course, including the final undergraduate iteration of your Personal and Professional Development Plan.
Upon successful completion of the Global Engagement Program and NUterm you’ll be ahead of the pack.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Global Engagement Program (GEP)?
The Global Engagement Program is an invitation-only program offering select high-talent students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities a truly global interdisciplinary undergraduate experience at Northeastern in the U.S. and abroad. As a GEP student, you will spend your first year in London at our partner institution the New College of the Humanities. You will then split your second year between the Boston campus and a designated regional campus, such as San Francisco. Your third year will be spent in one of several vibrant cities abroad studying with Northeastern’s select partners. You will return to Boston for your final year. You will be able to incorporate domestic and/or international co-ops, as well as take advantage of summer classes in Boston and through Northeastern’s signature Dialogue of Civilizations portfolio of study-away programs.
What majors can participate in this program?
GEP currently supports the academic programs of six majors:
Business Administration and Economics
Business Administration and Political Science
Economics and Political Science
Why should I participate in the Global Engagement Program?
The Global Engagement Program gives you an opportunity to develop worldwide knowledge and cultural agility from your first day as a Northeastern student at our London campus, through several cultures and continents, to your final year at Northeastern in Boston. By living, learning, and leading across multiple cultures and continents, you will become an integrative, adaptive learner equipped with 21stcentury skills such as data literacy, intercultural competence, and entrepreneurship.
How will my participation in the Global Engagement Program be recognized?
Students who complete the program will have the distinction notated on their transcripts. To be eligible for this distinction, students must complete the first year in London, at least one additional global experience, at least one semester on a Northeastern campus other than Boston, a co-op, and the online cohort experience course.
Will I still get to study in Boston as a student in the Global Engagement Program?
Yes! You will spend your senior year in Boston as well as additional terms depending on your course of study. In fact, you may find your Boston experience even more enriching because you will have studied and lived in other major world cities.
If I decide not to participate in the Global Engagement Program, does that affect my status as an admitted Northeastern student?
Not at all. You are already admitted to Northeastern and you can accept your offer and come to the Boston campus or participate in the GEP.
What happens if I change my major?
Students can change majors among the majors represented within GEP and still make timely progress towards the completion of the program. If you wish to change to a major outside of the GEP-compatible majors, you may not be able to complete the GEP benchmarks. Your advisor will always be able to help you determine your best options, whether within the GEP or through other opportunities.
How will my courses away from Boston be instructed and how will I be connected to Northeastern’s Boston campus?
You will take courses in a variety of formats, including traditional classroom instruction, hybrid (mix of online and classroom instruction), and online courses. Your classes will be taught by both Northeastern faculty and faculty at partner institutions where you are studying.
Will I receive grades for every course taken away from Boston?
All courses on study-away programs will be either Northeastern courses or Northeastern-approved transfer courses from partner institutions abroad. They will appear on your Northeastern University transcript with a letter grade and will be factored into your GPA. Northeastern pass/fail courses are normally restricted to electives outside the major, minor, or NUpath requirements. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information. If you would like to take a partner institution’s course pass/fail, you must adhere to the institution’s course policies and make any pass/fail requests accordingly. Any courses taken for a pass/fail grade abroad and represented as such on an official host institution transcript will transfer into Northeastern as a pass (S) or fail (U) grade.
Who will be my academic advisor?
You will be assigned a dedicated academic advisor from Northeastern, who will guide you in your degree progression. You will also have access to faculty and advisors at Northeastern’s New College of the Humanities in London/NCH at Northeastern, other network campuses, and Northeastern’s education abroad partners. In short, like all Northeastern students, you will have strong academic support throughout the program.
When will I complete co-op?
Most students in this program will complete at least one co-op in their second or third year. In fact, DMSB students are required to complete at least one co-op. There are opportunities to complete co-ops on all continents!
Will this program cost me more?
Not necessarily. The program charges regular Northeastern tuition. The cost of living (housing, meals, daily transportation, etc.) will vary depending on your destination in any given semester, but it is largely comparable to Boston. The GEP grants will reduce your overall costs and help offset additional travel expenses, such as the cost of airfare, visas, and any additional fees. Additional scholarships for study abroad are available through the Global Experience Office. And, of course, as a matriculated Northeastern student, you will maintain full eligibility for financial aid through Student Financial Services.
What kind of financial support is available if I decide to participate in the Global Engagement Program?
As a participant in the Global Engagement Program, you will receive a $5,000 grant per every semester spent studying away from Boston—either at one of Northeastern’s regional campuses or on a study abroad program – up to the maximum of $20,000 over the course of your undergraduate studies. This grant funding is in addition to any merit or need based award you have received.
Can I exit from the Global Engagement Program if it is not working for me?
Yes. We have designed the curriculum so that you will have made progress towards your degree as you would have, had you come directly to Boston. You may continue with your studies in Boston, without missing a beat, while having gained valuable global experience
If you do decide to leave the program, you will no longer be eligible for GEP grant funding or be recognized as having completed the program.
Is this program the right fit for me?
The Global Engagement Program is a unique opportunity for students in specific disciplines to augment their studies at Northeastern with global experiences aligned with their academic path. It is not available for all majors. However, you should be confident that, given Northeastern’s numerous global programs, all students will find opportunities to go abroad once (if not multiple times) throughout your 4 years. We encourage students who are ambivalent about their academic paths to keep this in mind before committing to the GEP, so as not to unnecessarily disrupt their academic trajectory.
Why study business, political science, or economics in London, at a humanities college?
London is a major financial, economic, and political hub and is home to some of the world’s most important enterprises. Northeastern has many corporate partners in and around the city, including State Street, Wellington Management, and Goldman Sachs, as well as connections with nonprofits such as Evolve: Housing and Support and Watan UK, and programs such as the Hansard Society Program operated in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science. NCH, like Northeastern, has graduate employability as a key element of its educational framework. With particular strengths in philosophy, politics, and economics, the college provides a rich foundation in historical and cultural events and trends that shape, and are shaped by, business practices and political and economic developments. Humanistic study, when combined with the classes in your major you’ll take as part of this program, gives you a broad perspective—rooted in ethical frameworks—and interpersonal skills, especially communication skills, that will serve you well as a business leader. These skills will be enhanced by the cultural agility that you will develop by living, learning, and leading in several global cities, starting with London.
Can you tell me more about the New College of the Humanities?
Founded in 2012 by several leading British academics with connections to Cambridge and Oxford to create an innovative and up-to-date curriculum, the New College of the Humanities is a vibrant location for this special program. It hosts an international student body and faculty and offers opportunities for intellectual exchange through workshops, student clubs, and special events such as a symposium on the occasion of Brexit — the United Kingdom’s controversial secession from the European Union.
Located in Bloomsbury, a neighborhood of writers and artists, NCH is surrounded by theaters, museums, educational institutions, and business centers. Like Northeastern, NCH provides ample opportunities for engagement with neighboring communities and pressing contemporary issues, as well as a commitment to exploring questions of ethics and culture with attention to past and present.
What if I have AP or IB credit for courses taught in London?
You will work with your academic and GEO advisors to develop your plan of study before embarking to London. If you have credit for a course in the specified curriculum, you may be able to take elective courses at NCH.
Will I be with my Northeastern cohort, or will I interact with NCH students as well?
Both! Some of your classes and activities will be only with your NU classmates and others will be with NCH students. GEP students will also have the opportunity to interact with the N.U.inLondon cohort during the fall term and other Northeastern programs in the Spring, thus building more NU student connections.
How can I use my free time in London?
London is a cosmopolitan city offering a wide range of cultural and social activities. In addition to exploring the city on your own, you will have access to many planned excursions for NU and NCH students, including field trips to historical sites relevant to the program’s curriculum, such as Bletchley Park; visits to museums, theatres, and other cultural attractions; and meet-ups with NU alumni and London-based corporate leaders. You will also have access to NCH social and academic clubs, activities and events.
What are the term dates?
The 2020-2021 calendar for the GEP in London will be published soon.
Will I need a visa for my year in the UK?
Most likely you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. Northeastern’s Global Experience Office and NCH will provide guidance in the application process. NCH will sponsor your visa and will provide you with the sponsorship documentation that you need to apply for your visa. You are responsible for applying for and securing your own visa
Please note that students on a Tier 4 visa sponsored by NCH cannot work or undertake voluntary work while they are in the UK. Student will also not be able to extend their student visa or change course of study in the UK.
What is included in the program fee?
The GEP program fee for Year 1 will cover student accommodation in London, an Oyster Card for access to the Tube in Zones 1 and 2, student services and support prior to the start of the program and on-site, some local program activities and excursions, as well as membership to a local student union, connecting students to the larger London academic community. Students are required to live in the housing provided as a part of the program, which is consistent for all Northeastern students in their first year.
Will I have insurance coverage?
Students should maintain their medical insurance coverage in the US at all times and are eligible to do so through NUSHP. Students are encouraged to obtain additional travel insurance for any travel outside of the program. As recipients of the UK Tier 4 student visa, students will be required to pay a supplement to access care through National Health Services (NHS) and to be covered under Northeastern’s Accident and Emergency coverage.
What other programs will be at NCH?
In addition to having its own full-time student body, NCH will host a number of Northeastern programs throughout the year. These include N.U.in in the fall, N.U. Bound throughout the year, as well as the Data, Ethics and Cultureand the Global Questprograms in the spring. This further diversifies the student base with whom GEP students will be able to connect throughout in London.
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How much will the program cost?
The program charges regular Northeastern tuition. The cost of living will vary depending on the student’s destination in any given semester, but will be largely comparable to Boston. The Global Engagement Program grants, offered to each student in the program, will reduce the overall costs and help offset additional travel expenses, such as the cost of airfare and visas. More scholarships and grants for study abroad are available through the Global Experience Office. And, of course, all matriculated Northeastern students maintain full eligibility for financial aid through Student Financial Services.
What kind of financial support is available to students participating in the Global Engagement Program?
Participants in the Global Engagement Program will receive a $5,000 grant per every semester spent studying away from Boston—either at one of Northeastern’s regional campuses or on a study abroad program – up to the maximum of $20,000 over the course of their undergraduate studies. This grant funding is in addition to any merit or need-based award a student has received.
Why do I need to pay an additional deposit for Global Engagement Program?
Similar to the deposit students are asked to make when accepting an offer to study at Northeastern, the additional GEP deposit signifies a commitment to the program, and allows Northeastern to start making various arrangements on your student’s behalf. In addition to securing housing in London and preparing the necessary supporting documentation for student visas, various program elements are being planned in advance to accommodate every participating student, properly prepare them for the experience and to maximize the program’s outcomes.
In addition to paying the deposit, students are required to complete a Global Experience Application, providing critical information that will allow us to better assist them with all the details listed above.
Will there be a fall orientation?
Yes. Students will have a Northeastern New Student Orientation, a Global Experience Office study abroad orientation, both delivered in Boston, with an online option available. Students will also have a two-day orientation at the New College the Humanities in London. The orientation schedule will be available soon.
Where will my student live in London?
GEP students will live in student accommodations in central London. The student residences are within 30-minute distance by public transportation to the academic facilities.
How will my student be supported in an emergency?
Northeastern University has an extensive support network in place for students abroad. The Global Experience Office and the Office of Student Affairs coordinate with the International Safety Office of the Northeastern University Police Department and the Office of Risk Management in the Office of General Counsel to provide comprehensive preparation for the sojourn and response in case of a crisis. In an emergency, Northeastern will coordinate closely with our partners at NCH to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
What access to student services and support will my student receive?
In addition to accessing the support systems in place through Northeastern University, students will receive additional local support through the NCH staff, who specialize in supporting students engaging in global experiences.
Are disability services and accommodations offered?
Students are encouraged to connect with the Disability Resource Center to coordinate disability-related accommodations for their program experience. We encourage students to disclose information regarding disability or additional needs to GEO as early as possible so that GEO and the DRC Office can work individually with students to determine need, impact, and solutions.