At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in biomedical imaging, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Equipment suppliers, clinicians, and researchers are now working in an international community despite differences in medical care around the world. 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 research and development in the US and Latin America. This program is designed for students with an interest in imaging technology or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Biomedical Imaging to NU and local students. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH social–science course, Chilean Culture. In this course we will explore such topics as art, music, history, politics, business and education. (3) The program will At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in biomedical imaging, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Equipment suppliers, clinicians, and researchers are now working in an international community despite differences in medical care around the world. 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 research and development in the US and Latin America. This program is designed for students with an interest in imaging technology or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Biomedical Imaging to NU and local students. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH social–science course, Chilean Culture. In this course we will explore such topics as art, music, history, politics, business and education. (3) The program will include excursions around Santiago and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, culture, and customs of the country.include excursions around Santiago and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, culture, and customs of the country.

Students will participate in joint social and cultural activities with UAndes students such as BBQ, empanada cooking class and more. Students will travel for a 2-day trip to Valparaiso, a UNESCO Heritage site, and a one-day trip to Olmue, with presentations on Chilean culture and social activities.

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Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 22, 2019
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.

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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:
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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. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • 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.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Challenges: Students must be willing to learn a little of a new language, eat foods that are probably unfamiliar for five weeks,  immerse themselves in a different culture, and collaborate with students whose skills in English may be  limited

Courses

Students will learn through doing; The lectures will be supplemented with a rigorous set of homework assignments and projects, all done in teams with students from both universities. Frequent workshops will be scheduled, during which students will be able to work in a classroom on these tasks, with the instructor and TA available to help. The emphasis will be on real-world problems that will introduce the students to the diverse field of biomedical imaging.

Students taking this course will be well-prepared to take more advanced courses in biomedical engineering, optics, signal processing, and more. Previous students have found the course valuable preparation for coop assignments, permanent employment, and graduate school admissions.

Engineers 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, “writing on the napkins” at dinner. This program provides continuous opportunities for engagement through collaborative 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. The NU students will be engaging directly with local students and faculty in all aspects of the program. Everyday activities such as museums, parks, and recreation are emphasized because these are typical activities enjoyed by Santiago residents, and the shared experience will promote interaction among the students from both countries.

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.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
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!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC.  A finalized itinerary will be supplied by your professor in Spring 2019.

Destination

Students will learn about Chile s vibrant capital city, Santiago, cultural aspects and traditions of its inhabitants and will receive tools to interact and integrate with Chileans. 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. Santiago is located an hour away from Valparaíso, a coastal city that UNESCO identified as a World Heritage Site, and an hour away from several internationally known ski centers. The capital is a starting point for travelling in South America, and you can reach Buenos Aires in two hours, and Lima in three hours, with numerous flights departing daily.

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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Chile here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Homestay: Homestays near the campus of Universidad de los Andes or transportation centers nearby. Students will be provided with prepaid cards for transportation to and from classes. They may add to these cards for additional transportation as desired. The International Relations Office of UAndes works with “Andes Living” Homestay supplier. They organize with each student accommodation, depending their needs. Normally the Host families are located near the campus or need a central subway (to make easier the transportation to the campus). The Homestay service, includes: Private room and bathroom, all meals of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), sheets and towels, cleaning, laundry, good location, Wi-Fi and pick up at the airport.

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. The 128-acre (with 19 acre of green areas) University Campus combines modern infrastructure with green areas where students can find all they need for learning,research, sports and  extracurricular activities. More info: http://www.uandes.cl/study-in-chile

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