In this writing-intensive dialogue students will develop their interdisciplinary writing skills while also learning about Korean culture and cinema. By visiting movie theatres and film archives, along with historic sites, students will explore the ways that Korea as a place and culture has been imagined in the eyes of those who have written, screened, and represented it. Students will have the opportunity to explore both cross-cultural understanding through analyzing Korean cinema, along with developing interdisciplinary writing through their engagements with fellow Northeastern colleagues from diverse disciplines.

Students will not only visit historical sites like the royal palaces, Buddhist temples, and the DMZ, but they will engage in everyday practices like living in Seoul, eating at local Korean spots, and watching movies in local theatres. We will also take a trip down south to the beach city, Busan.

Group Flight Plan:

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 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.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • 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.

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: 2.50
  • 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.
  • Restricted to: Students must meet the requirement to take AWD. For all students who have completed 1111 or the equivalent, the credit-hour requirement for AWD could be waived depending on the quality of your application and interview.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: This can be physically challenging for students. Students will frequently take the public transportation, walk in the city, and go on several mountain hikes which can be difficult for some since we will be there at the hottest time of the year.


Students will understand Korean cinema more in-depth and develop their analytical writing skills by experiencing the country first-hand, visiting movie theatres and film archives, in addition to cultural and historic sites. They will build their critical thinking and cultivate their intercultural knowledge and skills, ones that they will need to enhance their education.

This course combines the curriculum of the advanced writing in the disciplines, which focuses heavily on research, writing, and critical thinking. Students will practice these skills by grappling with the uncertainty of engaging with a foreign culture like that of Korea. In the case of this specific program, we interrogate representation itself, forcing us to question what we know about culture and how we know it. Students will acquire a truly global education by listening to and understanding how others (Koreans) understand the world.

  • ENGW 3315 - Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines : (Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (WD) NUPath) Allows writers to hone their skills as readers and writers and to develop their interests in a particular form, such as travel writing, autobiography, and science writing. May be repeated without limit.
  • ENGL 3487 - Film and Text Abroad: Cinematic South Korea : (Interpreting Culture (IC) and Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience (EX) NUPath) Studies the similarities and differences between literary texts and film versions of those texts or the interrelations between film and literature as a means of cultural expression in a specific country outside the United States. May be repeated without limit.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,500
  • 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: $1,305
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program: $1,044 on meals and $261 on incidentals.

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


Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC. A final itinerary will be provided to you by the professor in spring 2019.
  • Information Session : Thursday November 29th, 3-4pm, 472 Holmes Hall


In this dialogue students can fulfill their advanced writing credit while also learning about world-class Korean cinema. By living in Seoul, students will explore Korean culture by doing their writing assignments right out in the city. We will explore Buddhist temples, cafes, theatres, the university, and other places that have inspired Korean filmmakers and their stories.

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


  • Apartment-Hotel: Students will stay in the center of the city, in the arts district of Seoul. They will stay in a serviced apartment-hotel where the rooms have a kitchenette, desk, washing machine, air conditioning, wifi internet access and buffet-style breakfast. Students will be assigned one roommate.
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