Get familiar with the people and the culture of England as well as the British Empire, with an emphasis on the city of London and Englands vast history. Interact with local citizens to produce and edit a 10-12 minute documentary on a subject of your choice. Experience in media production is not a requirement, all disciplines are encouraged to apply. What makes this dialogue unique is that the city of London is our classroom and students are out on the streets every day interacting with locals to produce their films while they are learning about the history of England. London is one of the greatest cities in the world to film a documentary. It is vibrant and full of artists, musicians, amazing architecture, and history. Its people are diverse in religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political views, class, and nationality which opens the door to many ideas and topics to cover.

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?
    • What do you hope to gain/learn 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.

* 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: 2.5
  • 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.


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. We have class at Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, Museum of London, Windsor Castle, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Highlands and we go on the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour. We also have visits to the Shard, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, and many more sights around London. No physical challenges aside from city walking.

  • 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 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 : 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 HD 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.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,750
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

International Airfare: $1,000-1,200
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

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!


Additional Resources


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, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and The Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour.


  • Off-Campus through Program: In London – Students will be living in double rooms in a dorm style building; each room comes with a Flat screen TV, Study desk and chairs, Wardrobe, Fridge, Shower and WC. They will also have access to a shared area with a modern kitchen with integrated appliances and microwaves, and laundry facilities.

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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