The London Dialogue of Civilization – English Culture and Documentary Filmmaking has two main focuses for students. First, to familiarize students with the people and the culture of England and the British Empire, with an emphasis on the city of London and its vast history. Second, to interact with local citizens to produce and edit a 10-12 minute documentary on a subject of their choice in groups of 5-7 (which will be proposed in the Spring of 2019). Students will attend a series of on site lectures in many of the key sights in London and the country to investigate the different ways in which historical documents, artifacts, and landmarks are preserved and displayed to tell the story of English history. These sites include: The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, and many more. We will also visit Edinburgh, Scotland to discover the close connection between the two cities visiting Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. During the dialogue, students will compose site analysis documenting their learning experience, attend classroom discussions, and they will also write an extensive research paper critically examining a piece of British culture, a historical event, or person. Students will also learn all aspects of documentary production from the pre-production process of intensive research and development of story ideas, scriptwriting, and networking to the technical aspects of filming, lighting, sound recording, digital editing, and graphics. This course will also examine the theories and methodology behind documentary filmmaking – directing, production, design, and narrative. Students will be working with remote equipment that includes HD Cameras, audio and remote editing equipment. The program requires enthusiasm to explore and research another culture providing students with a deeper, more complex understanding of British culture and history while exposing students to media practices and theory; experience in media production is not a requirement.

Through the course of the trip we will visit; Stonehenge and Bath, Roman Walking Tour, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Imperial War Museum, The Churchill War Rooms, The Museum of London, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and The Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour, etc.

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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.
  • 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?
    • What would you like to personally gain from producing a film abroad?

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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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.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: No physical challenges aside from city walking.

Courses

This program gives students a hands on learning experience that will broaden their horizons and learn skills they can apply in the workforce on co-op and post-graduation. Skills include; networking, working in groups, how to be a team leader (manager), ability to troubleshoot and solve problems, enhance their organization skills. It will also teach them the art of storytelling. This program also allows students to look at artifacts and see why they’re important to that culture.

This program gives students a learning experience that will enhance their ability to look at other cultures through the artifacts they preserve and stories they tell while answering the question of how these events and artifacts represent that given culture as a whole. Simply put, each country has a specific culture (or history) that they feel represents them and students on the trip will be able to look at historical artifacts and listen to stories to develop a deeper understanding of the culture based on their findings. It’s not just about looking at a painting or an artifact, but thinking, specifically, why has this painting or this artifact been put on display, or why is this story being told? What is the significance? How does it define the culture and people as a whole? Or does it define them? Students will learn not only to look at the things they see in other cultures but to ask questions.

  • COMM 3306 - International Communication Abroad : This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the history of Britain as it is represented in museums, archives, and historical landmarks. We will introduce students to questions about British culture by investigating how the monarchy, politics, and class differences have shaped people’s experience in both the past and present, as well as, how historical documents, artifacts, and landmarks are displayed to define the country and its people as a whole. Through a series of on site lectures, writing assignments, and discussions students will be able to describe how cultural heritage, national identity, and history are preserved through artifacts. By taking a cultural theoretical approach we will look at the various ways in which artifacts are displayed and how historical knowledge is shared to give us a sense of connection to the past. We will look at the various mediums used at museums, archives, and historical landmarks to further examine how cultural heritage has become a commodity to sell and purchase, ideas of objectivity, and how these concepts shape public memory and ones’ understanding of historical events.
  • COMM3307 - Production Practicum Abroad : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation Studies (EI) NUpath) Based in London, this course combines the process of documentary filmmaking with exploring Britain’s multicultural society, providing students with first hand experience to develop a deeper, more complex understanding of the culture, particularly as it is evident in London. Students will work in groups of 5-7 to produce a 10-12 minute fact based documentary of their choice on a specific aspect of British culture. Students will learn all aspects of documentary production from the pre-production process of intensive research and development of story ideas to the technical aspects of filming, lighting, sound recording, digital editing, and graphics. Students will be working with remote equipment that includes DSLR Cameras, audio and remote editing equipment. This course will also examine the theories and methodology behind documentary filmmaking – directing, production, design, and narrative. By analyzing a selection of documentary films, we will look at the various forms of storytelling and the approach filmmakers adopt to produce films focusing on cultural, social, and historical subject matter. Students will learn how to define their approach to documentary filmmaking and form an effective narrative structure. We will examine how the use of artifacts, location and reenactments can have an impact on audience perception. This course requires enthusiasm to explore and research another culture. This is an interdisciplinary course exposing students to media practices; experience in media production is not a requirement.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,750
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international round-trip airfare from Boston, accommodation for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips and excursions)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,638 (Estimated)
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,314 on meals and $324 on incidentals.

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

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Destination

London is, without doubt, one of the greatest cities in the world to film a documentary. A vibrant city full of creative filmmakers, artists, musicians and actors, but also, a modern city full of unique architecture, with a vast history, its people diverse in religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political views, class, and nationality opening the door to many ideas and topics to cover.

It is also a city rich in historical landmarks, museums, archives to explore and examine on an intellectual level. Through the course of the trip we will visit; The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Imperial War Museum, The Churchill War Rooms, The Museum of London, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and The Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour.

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

Accommodations

  • University Housing & Hotel: In London – Students will be living in double dorm style rooms in an apartment style building; each bedroom comes with a study desk and chair, bed (with linen), and wardrobe. Each apartment will have a shared living space with a modern kitchen with integrated appliances and microwaves, and bathroom. Laundry facilities are located in the building and there is free WIFI. When we travel to Edinburgh, Scotland students will be staying in double rooms in a hotel centrally located off the Royal Mile.

Host University or Organization

AIFS – American Institute for Foreign Study Founded in 1964, it is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world, with a mission to provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs. AIFS provides student housing and educational support for our program while we are in London.

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