As a participant in the Global Engagement Program, you will receive a $5,000 grant per semester (with a lifetime maximum of $20,000) spent studying away from Boston—either at one of Northeastern’s regional campuses or through a traditional study abroad program.

The Global Engagement Program is an invitation-only program offering select high-talent students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, a truly global interdisciplinary undergraduate experience at Northeastern in the U.S. and abroad. Through this unique cultural academic experience participants will:

  • immerse themselves in multiple global cultures for extensive periods of time;
  • leverage the power of place and people in exciting locales around the globe; and
  • connect and integrate their learning as they move across those locations.
As a GEP student, you will spend your first year in London at our partner institution the New College of the Humanities. You will then split your second year between the Boston campus and a designated regional campus, such as San Francisco. Your third year will be spent in one of several vibrant cities abroad studying with Northeastern’s select partners. You will return to Boston for your final year.  You will be able to incorporate domestic and/or international co-ops, as well as take advantage of summer classes in Boston and through Northeastern’s signature Dialogue of Civilizations portfolio of study-away programs.

This truly experiential approach to undergraduate education embodies the heart of the Northeastern learning model—learning by and through real experiences. Graduates of this program will become adaptable learners who will be prepared for a career that may not exist right now in this digital world increasingly shaped by artificial intelligence.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline: April 7, 2020
  • Extension: May 8, 2020
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: Please be in contact with your Global Experience Advisor for further information.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 0.00
Nominations
  • College: Application to this program is by invitation, and admission is dependent on final screening and review.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: Business Administration, Business Administration and Economics, Business Administration and Political Science, International Business, Economics, Economics and Political Science

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.

Courses

Students who enroll in this program will experience the best of both worlds. They will take advantage of Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model and the rigorous academics of its D’Amore-McKim School of Business and College of Social Sciences and Humanities while immersing themselves in unique cultures outside of Boston. For instance, during their first year, students will be housed at Northeastern’s partner institution, the New College of the Humanities (NCH). They will take Northeastern and NCH courses taught by both faculties and will interact with Northeastern and NCH students. They will experience both American and British approaches to education, all while advancing in their majors and completing Northeastern’s general education requirements.

The program is also purposely designed to incorporate on-ground, online, and hybrid(mixed)courses and to connect co-curricular and extracurricular experiences to coursework. In short, the Global Engagement Program offers students a distinct yet distinctly Northeastern educational experience.

While in London, students will take the following GEP courses:

Fall: 

  • Living, Learning, and Leading Globally – 1-credit online course
  • ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics (AD, SI)
  • BUSN 1101 Introduction to Business
  • INSH 1600 Cultures of London (IC)
  • ENGW 1111 First-Year Writing (WF)

Spring: 

  • Living, Learning, and Leading Globally – 1-credit online course
  • ACCT 1201 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • ECON 1115 Principles of Macroeconomics (AD, SI)
  • DS 2000 Programming with Data and DS2001 Lab for DS2000 (AD)
  • INTB1203 International Business and Social Responsibility (IC, ER)

For students who receive AP credit for Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, or First-Year Writing, the following courses will be offered as substitutions:

  • Introduction to Concepts & Methods of Political Science (Equivalent to POLS1160 International Relations at Northeastern, SI)
  • Britain & the Wider World (Equivalent to HIST1990 Elective at Northeastern)
  • International Development (Equivalent to POLS3487 Politics of Developing Nations at Northeastern)
  • PHIL 1145 Technology and Human Values (SI, ER)

All students who participate in this program will be supported by Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model. They will have access to Northeastern’s cutting-edge Self-Authored Integrated Learning platform, the university’s robust co-operative education infrastructure; special opportunities to connect with global networks through, for example, Northeastern’s Women Who Empower program; and a wide range of online and in-person cohort experiences, including for example networking events hosted by the Northeastern Young Global Leaders Program. Throughout their participation in the program, they will be connected virtually to each other and a Northeastern faculty member through an online cohort experience course—Living, Learning, and Leading Globally—which will help them become more reflective, agile learners. Each student will also be paired with an alumni mentor with whom they will interact throughout the program.

Additional Academic Information:

  • All students in the GEP will be required to take classes on the Boston campus in the Summer 1 2020 term (May 4 – June 23, 2020).
  • All students in the GEP will work closely with an academic advisor from their home college (DMSB or CSSH) to develop an individualized academic plan that ensures timely completion of GEP and degree requirements
Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $
  • Tuition covers Northeastern credits for the year-long experience. 

Global Engagement Program (GEP) Program Fee: $13,000
  • This fee includes accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, an Oyster card for local transport and some cultural excursions.

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

Destination

London is a major financial, economic, and political hub and is home to some of the world’s most important enterprises. Northeastern has many corporate partners in and around the city, including State Street, Wellington Management, and Goldman Sachs, as well as connections with nonprofits such as Evolve: Housing and Support and Watan UK, and programs such as the Hansard Society Program operated in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science. NCH, like Northeastern, has graduate employability as a key element of its educational framework. With particular strengths in philosophy, politics, and economics, the college provides a rich foundation in historical and cultural events and trends that shape, and are shaped by, business practices and political and economic developments. Humanistic study, when combined with the classes in your major you’ll take as part of this program, gives you a broad perspective—rooted in ethical frameworks—and interpersonal skills, especially communication skills, that will serve you well as a business leader. These skills will be enhanced by the cultural agility that you will develop by living, learning, and leading in several global cities, starting with London.

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:

  1. Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock; it is the name of the bell which is inside the clock.
  2. Despite its name, more than half of the London’s Underground network in fact runs above ground.
  3. Over 300 languages are spoken in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world!
  4. There’s a Cereal Cafe in London where you can eat hundreds of different kinds of cereals from around the world.
  5. London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi.
  6. Buckingham Palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, staff cafeteria, doctor’s surgery, and cinema.
  7. 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.
  8. There are around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath London’s streets.
  9. 40% of Greater London is made up of green space.
  10. Each week, the London Underground escalators travel the equivalent of double the circumference of the world.

Northeastern Student Voice Section:

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

  • Off-Campus through Program: GEP students will live in student accommodations in central London. The student residences are within 30-minute distance by public transportation to the academic facilities.  

Host University or Organization

Students will spend their first year at the New College of the Humanities(NCH), where they will take courses, take Northeastern and NCH courses, interact with NCH faculty and students, participate in rich experiential learning opportunities, and take advantage of all that the diverse and exciting global city of London has to offer. Students will be in every sense Northeastern students, and at the same time they will be integrated into the unique culture of NCH and London.

While in London, students will connect with alumni living and working in the city and explore potential co-op opportunities in London and the UK. London is the perfect place to begin studying global business and society with Northeastern, as it is a major hub in the global economy, it is dense with Northeastern partners and alumni, and it is home to NCH, a close university partner.

In order to provide students with both structure and flexibility, the first-year curriculum in London is fairly structured but also provides some choice for students. Students will also participate in a 1-credit online cohort experience course called Living, Learning, and Leading Globally and begin working on their Personal and Professional Development Plan, which they will continue to develop and refine over the course of the program.

As rising sophomores, students will participate in NUterm, either taking courses in Boston or participating in one of Northeastern’s innovative faculty-led Dialogue of Civilizations programs, including one offering that will be specially designed for students in this program.

Founded in 2012 by several leading British academics with connections to Cambridge and Oxford to create an innovative and up-to-date curriculum, 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 symposium on the occasion of Brexit — the United Kingdom’s controversial secession from the European Union.

Located in Bloomsbury, a neighborhood of writers and artists, NCH is surrounded by theaters, museums, educational institutions, and business centers. Like Northeastern, NCH provides ample opportunities for engagement with neighboring communities and pressing contemporary issues, as well as a commitment to exploring questions of ethics and culture with attention to past and present.

You may obtain further information about NCH from their website or by emailing globalengagement@nchlondon.ac.uk

NCH offers one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education, and their experienced and respected faculty are passionate about teaching and research. Teaching through small seminars and lectures and their unique one-to-one tutorials gives our students unique opportunities to explore the curriculum in-depth, at a level of engagement with other students, tutors and lecturers that is second to none. Our courses are challenging and enriching, and our students are rewarded with extra personal development and enhanced skills.

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