Learn how medical imaging devices work through a challenging technical elective in a classroom with students from Universidad de los Andes. Engineers and scientists best engage each other when they sit down together to solve a common problem, whether within a company, a university class, or a social context. This program provides continuous opportunities for engagement through collaborative homework and course projects as part of the technical elective, through shared social, recreational and cultural outings, and more formally in the content of the social science course. Students will build lifelong friendships with their Chilean classmates. Students will tour cultural institutions in Santiago such as la Moneda (The Chilean White House) Museum of Precolombian Art, as well as parks, recreation facilities, and other everyday locations. We will visit at least two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the port city of Valparaiso, and the Sewell mining town high in the Andes. Students will experience the life of a Chilean university student, living with host families and engaging in academic and social activities with their UAndes colleagues.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
  • Restricted to: Students from all engineering and science departments who have completed some of the mathematics and physics courses required for their respective majors. It is advantageous to know Matlab at the level of GE1111 or equivalent.


Working with students from UAndes, the Northeastern students will gain an understanding of the technology of biomedical imaging, and also an understanding of how the technology is used in different parts of the world. The culture course will address the economic, social, and political issues that affect health care in Latin America in general and Chile in particular. This course is designed to introduce students to the field of biomedical imaging, to prepare them to take more advanced courses on specific topics. Furthermore it provides a good background for students seeking a cooperative education assignment or permanent employment in the field. It also serves as excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of engineering and science disciplines. Although focused on biomedical imaging, the principles are broadly applicable in fields such as remote sensing, materials, environmental remediation, and others.

  • EECE 4649 - Biomedical Imaging : This course will explore a wide variety of modalities for biomedical imaging in the pathology laboratory and in vivo. After an introductory discussion of tissue properties, waves used in imaging, and contrast mechanisms, we will discuss modalities such as microscopy, endoscopy, x–ray, computed tomography, ultrasound, and MRI. With each modality, instrument parameters, contrast mechanisms, resolution, and depth of penetration will be considered. Students will work in groups to complete a project in which they will examine one modality in detail and either generate synthetic data using a computational model or processing available image data. The study of this field is useful for employment or graduate study in a diverse array of fields of engineering across all five engineering and several science departments at Northeastern.
  • CLTR 4944 - Chilean Culture : The Chilean Culture Elective Course will provide an overview of contemporary Chile and an insight in its cultural, historical, political and economic background and actual trends. The course will combine lectures with UANDES Faculty and Guest lecturers, as well as visits and field trips to relevant historical and cultural institutions. The course contains four units, which are the following: Chilean Culture, Chilean Politics and Economics in a Latin American Context, Arts and Culture in Chile and Discovering Spanish. The course is designed for students coming from abroad and will be delivered in English Language.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,000
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $707
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program: $500 on meals and $207 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Chilean poet Pablo Neruda described his beloved country as a “large petal of sea, wine, and snow”(Cuando de Chile, 1943). Chile is a long and narrow country nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and is home to 17 million citizens. Chile stretches from the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, to the glaciers of Patagonia. Santiago is a thriving and interesting city. With a population of six million, it offers a variety of attractions and activities. You will find a modern city reflected in state-of-the-art buildings, subway, and museums. Santiago also offers you the possibility to be part of a community that enjoys celebrating its national traditions along with other outdoor activities.


  • Homestay: Students will live with families in Santiago, sharing meals and learning more about the culture of Chile. Homes are located within easy commuting distance of the campus and students will receive prepaid transit passes.

Host University or Organization

Universidad de los Andes is a non-profit private research university located on the northeast side of Santiago, Chile. Comprised of 25 undergraduate programs and more than 180 graduate programs, UANDES places special emphasis on research, innovation and development. UANDES is ranked third in Chile according to the student’s scores in the National Admissions Tests (PSU 2014) and is the first non-traditional university nationwide accredited in all five areas by the National Commission of Accreditation (CNA) 2012-2017. UANDES has 93 active agreements with institutions abroad and receives international students for semester-long courses in Spanish and English (for Business) and short-term experiences.

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