Spend a semester soaking in the diversity and excitement of London while studying with faculty from Northeastern and our partner institution, the New College of the Humanities (NCH). This world metropolis provides a base from which to explore the challenges and opportunities of increasingly data and technology-driven societies.
The interdisciplinary focus of the semester on Data, Ethics, and Culture in London allows you to integrate human, technological, and data literacies. Together, these literacies are central to global citizenship and form the basis of an education in “humanics."
“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future.” -Anna Quindlen, Imagined London.
What is humanics? “Humanics” is the integrated, experiential, adaptive learning that distinguishes human beings in an increasingly digital world shaped by artificial intelligence.
Why is humanics important? The integrated learning at the heart of humanics will prepare you for the jobs and leadership roles only humans can undertake. In the words of President Aoun, humanics learning will make you “Robot Proof.”
Why humanics in London? 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 planned symposium on the occasion of Brexit — the United Kingdom's controversial secession from the European Union that is due to occur in March 2019.
Located in Bloomsbury, a neighborhood of writers and artists, NCH is close to theaters, museums, educational institutions, and business centers. Like Northeastern, NCH provides ample opportunities for engagement with surrounding communities and pressing contemporary issues, as well as a commitment to exploring questions of ethics and culture with attention to past and present.
Why now? The Curriculum combines on-ground, place-based interdisciplinary courses with a choice of online electives taught by Northeastern faculty. With this full semester load, students can advance NUpath or major requirements and practice integrative learning skills that will be crucial for future endeavors, including co-op.
Through participation in this program, you will learn how to develop and articulate your value within the global workplace so as to position yourself competitively for the future. Be among the first students to pioneer humanics in London!
This program opportunity is open to Northeastern students including first-year students interested in studying abroad in London for the Spring 2020 Semester.
- Application Open: July 1, 2020
- Deadline: November 1, 2020
Submit to GEO
- GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, 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.
Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.
- Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
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.
Students are required to take these FOUR courses as part of the program:
- DS 2000-Programming & Data (NUpath (AD) Analyzing/Using Data): Introduces programming for data and information science through case studies in business, sports, education, social science, economics, and the natural world. Presents key concepts in programming, data structures, and data analysis through Python and Excel. Integrates the use of data analytics libraries and tools. Surveys techniques for acquiring and programmatically integrating data from different sources. Explains the data analytics pipeline and how to apply programming at each stage. Discusses the programmatic retrieval of data from application programming interfaces (APIs) and from databases. Introduces predictive analytics for forecasting and classification. Demonstrates the limitations of statistical techniques. (2 credits)
- DS 2001–Social Sciences and Humanities Practicum for DS 2000: Accompanies DS 2000. Applies topics from the course through various experiments and in a variety of contexts. (2 credits)
- PHIL 1145-Technology & Human Values (NUpath (ER) Ethical Reasoning & NUpath (SI) Societies/Institutions): Studies philosophy of technology, as well as ethics and modern technology. Considers the relationship between technology and humanity, the social dimensions of technology, and ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. Discusses emerging technologies such as biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology, and virtual reality. (4 credits)
- INSH 1600-Cultures of London (NUpath (IC) Interpreting Culture): (4 credits)
Students must choose ONE of the following online courses:
- PHIL 1195-Research Ethics (NUpath (ER) Ethical Reasoning & NUpath (SI) Societies/Institutions): Addresses how to engage in scientific, medical, and technological research in an ethically responsible manner. Research is crucial to understanding social, environmental, and health problems, as well as to developing effective responses to them. If the paradigm of responsible research is too restrictive, the benefits of scientific progress and technological innovation can be delayed or unrealized. At the same time, researchers have a responsibility to protect research subjects, to appropriately engage with members of the community, and to avoid behaving in ways that undermine scientific research in the long run. Explores the many ethical dimensions of research, and introduces students to the ethical foundations and controversies that are central to developing appropriate ethical frameworks for engaging in research. (4 credits)
- ENGW 3315- InterdisciplinaryAdvanced Writing (NUpath (WD) Advanced Writing in the Disciplines): Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision. (4 credits)
- ENGW 3308-Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences (NUpath (WD) Advanced Writing in the Disciplines): Offers instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the social sciences. By exploring research literature and reflecting on their own experiences, offers students an opportunity to identify issues of interest and analyze how texts make claims, invoke other social science literature, offer evidence, and deploy key terms. Through analysis and imitation, exposes students to the challenges of the social science project, including the collection of data on human subjects and the ethical presentation of evidence. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision. (4 credits)
- HIST 2211-The World Since 1945 (NUpath (DD) Difference/Diversity & NUpath (SI) Societies/Institutions): Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural relationship between the developed and developing world since the end of World War II. Topics include the Cold War, independence and national movements in developing countries, the globalization of the world economy, scientific and technological innovations, wealth and poverty, the eradication of some diseases and the spread of others, the fall of the Soviet Union, Middle East turmoil, and the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine. (4 credits)
- INSH/PSYC 2101-Love and Hate (NUpath (IC) Interpreting Culture & NUpath (SI) Societies/Institutions): Studies materials that define and describe love and hate from the fields of literature and literary criticism, social psychology, and criminology and criminal justice. “Love” and “hate” are small words describing powerful emotions with profound effects on individuals and on social groups. Focusing largely on contemporary examples, offers students an opportunity to analyze the differences and areas of overlap in the above fields’ approaches to love and hate, to discuss societal responses to these emotions, and to apply the methodologies of each field to research questions of their own. INSH 2101 and PSYC 2101 are cross-listed. (4 credits)
- COMM 2303-Global & Intercultural Communication (NUpath (DD) Difference/Diversity & NUpath (SI) Societies/Institutions): Focuses on theories of and approaches to the study of intercultural communication. Emphasizes the importance of being able to negotiate cultural differences and of understanding intercultural contact in societies and institutions. Stresses the benefits and complexities of cultural diversity in global, local, and organizational contexts. (4 credits)
Policies & Procedures
Course Approval FormStudents must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.
Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.
Accommodation Fee includes accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and some cultural excursions.
Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.
GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!
London is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. It is packed full of museums, theaters, and world-class restaurants, as well as music and comedy venues. Whether you want to visit a world famous gallery, enjoy a performance of your favorite band, or photograph iconic landmarks, there is always something to do.
New College of the Humanities has the great fortune of being in one of the best locations for a higher education institution in the UK. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, the main building is mere steps from Senate House Library and the British Museum and just a few minutes’ walk to Oxford Street, Covent Garden, the West End, and an array of galleries and museums.
For some students, the thought of studying in a city as vast as London may be daunting. However, at New College of the Humanities you will enjoy the best of both worlds with a warm, supportive, and friendly community in a collegiate environment from which to launch yourself confidently into London life.
10 London Fast Facts:
- Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock; it is the name of the bell which is inside the clock.
- Despite its name, more than half of the London’s Underground network in fact runs above ground.
- Over 300 languages are spoken in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world!
- There’s a Cereal Cafe in London where you can eat hundreds of different kinds of cereals from around the world.
- London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi.
- Buckingham Palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, staff cafeteria, doctor’s surgery, and cinema.
- London’s smallest house is three-and-a half-feet wide and forms part of the Tyburn Convent in Hyde Park Place, where 20 nuns live.
- There are around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath London’s streets.
- 40% of Greater London is made up of green space.
- Each week, the London Underground escalators travel the equivalent of double the circumference of the world.
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