Even before the global pandemic, “virtual exchange” in study abroad and other forms of virtual exchange between cultures had been increasing. This fall, GEO is pleased to offer students the opportunity to participate in a small selection of virtual study abroad programs and exchanges. In partnership with institutions and organizations around the world, these unique programs offer you the opportunity to experience another culture – or set of cultures and locations – in a virtual environment. In effect, you will “study abroad from home.” Many of these programs offer community engagement or team-based learning opportunities, as well as virtual platforms to connect with students globally.

How it works: Take a full semester of courses through one of our select partners, below, or take just a few courses (schedule permitting). GEO will also facilitate additional cultural immersion activities and opportunities to reflect on your global journey through SAIL.

Can I be in Boston and take Virtual Study Abroad courses along with Hybrid NUFlex courses? Yes.

Costs: You will be charged Northeastern tuition and related fees for the semester. Full-time tuition is charged for a virtual study abroad semester. Full-time tuition also applies if a student takes virtual study abroad classes in conjunction with a Hybrid NUflex course semester.  Please review the finance information here

Application: Please see the Program Application Link below, or speak to the designated GEO Advisor.

Programs

GEO Advisor: Kristina Schinder (k.schinder@northeastern.edu)

 

Program Card/Application LinkLocation: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: Varies by Institution
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

 

API’s Global Select program offers maximum flexibility in designing your virtual global experience. Take courses from up to 3 of the universities listed below. Combine the courses with Virtual Global Internship or API’s Innovation Lab.

GEO Advisor: Kristina Schinder (k.schinder@northeastern.edu)

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: Varies by Institution
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: Yes

ASA allows students  to mix and match courses to create a fully customized virtual study abroad experience. Students can select courses from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, below, and/or take ASA’s  Social Impact Practicums – community engaged courses with an experiential learning component.   Virtual Internships are also available.

  • Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Application deadline September 1
  • Social Impact Practicums – Social Impact Practicums are academic courses with a strong Experiential Learning Project component. These project-based courses are offered within specific academic fields, in a variety of disciplines. You will apply the skills you have learned to real-world problems and scenarios, in partnership with international organizations and IAU community partners. The course focuses on both the theoretical and experiential realms of course topics, enabling students to develop skills, knowledge, and values from practical experiences and ongoing reflection. Practicum courses can involve research, social impact initiatives, and community-based learning activities, theater, art, or project-based work, which is related to the course material. Academic credit value is 3 semester credits per practicum. Official deadline is August 7. We are working with the partner on possible extensions.

See evaluated courses here.

GEO Advisor: Nora Salmon (n.salmon@northeastern.edu)

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 14 – December 11
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No
 

Bond University, one of GEO’s long-standing study abroad partners, is offering students a chance to complete a full semester through virtual study abroad. Bond is known as one of the best universities for teaching instruction – class sizes are generally small, leading to opportunities for interactive discussion.

Students should be aware that they must take a full semester of courses (12-16 credits) at Bond University. Students should also note that they should select Bond courses which are indicated as being taught in either “multimodal” (similar to Hybrid NuFlex) or full “remote” options.

The course catalog/schedule for Fall is available at  https://bond.edu.au/current-students/study-information/enrolment/timetables

GEO Advisor: Amanda Earley (a.earley@northeastern.edu

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: See below
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

Gain international work experience and develop global professional competencies through CAPA’s remote internships. In a world becoming more reliant on connecting, collaborating and performing virtually, our remote internships educate, enable and empower you to develop skills today that will prepare you for employers’ needs of tomorrow.

Session I: September 28 – December 11, 2020

Session II: November 2 – December 11, 2020

Deadline: August 23, 2020

GEO Advisor: Lauren Hann (l.hann@northeastern.edu)

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 21 – December 12
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

The Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague has developed an offering of engaging and culturally rich to be offered via a combination of collaborative online interactions and independent offline coursework. Their dedicated professors, experts in their fields, will deliver video lectures, assign projects, lead virtual walks and museum visits, and facilitate interactive discussions.

You can find courses and course evaluations here.

GEO Advisor: Lauren Hann (l.hann@northeastern.edu)

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 1 – December 5
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is offering a small number of its courses exclusively for virtual study abroad. HKBU encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of undergraduate programmes, associate degree and higher diploma programmes as well as taught postgraduate programmes and research postgraduate programmes leading to the award of master and doctoral degrees.  It prides itself on its dual focus on teaching and research and encourages service to society among its staff and students.  Over the years, HKBU has remained committed to academic excellence and the development of the whole person, and has gained a reputation as one of Asia’s finest institutions of higher learning.

The list of courses can be found here.

GEO Advisor: Jeff Sullivan (je.sullivan@northeastern.edu) 

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 21 – December 11
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

University College Dublin (UCD), one of Ireland’s top-ranked universities, is offering a selection of social science and science courses in a virtual format to study abroad students. Courses range from “The French Revolution” to “Global Environmental Change.”

To see the courses offered and the course evaluations, see here.

GEO Advisor: Jeff Sullivan (je.sullivan@northeastern.edu) 

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 28 – December 18
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No

The University of Limerick is offering a suite of virtual learning opportunities for Fall 2020, including Irish Cultural Studies, Global Identities, Public Humanities, and a selection of available online science, engineering, and computer courses.

To see the courses being offered and course evaluations, see here.

GEO Advisor: Jeff Sullivan (je.sullivan@northeastern.edu) 

Program Card/Application Link

Location: Virtual
Terms: Semester
Dates: September 21 – December 14*
Language of Instruction: English
Volunteer Opportunities: No
Community-Based Learning: No
Live Sessions: Once a week, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm BST
Recorded sessions: Each session is recorded and available to view throughout the course. 

* Different dates and details apply to CSM BA Fashion White Project (Online) course. Please visit the course website for further information. 

Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD) and the University of the Arts, London, are continuing their strategic partnership for Fall 2020 Virtual Courses. The University of the Arts London is offering a selection of arts and practice courses in a virtual format, including Creative Industries London and Social Media for Fashion.  

The following virtual courses are available: 

  • Creative Industries London 
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship and Luxury Brand Management
    Social Media for Fashion 
  • Visual Communication for Fashion 
  • Fashion White Project (4 weeks) 
  • Fine Art Critical Discourses – In this virtual course, you will be joining other UAL Fine Art students to explore intersections between art and humanity from a critical theory lens. You’ll have access to a weekly Monday lecture series and an “After Art School” career development series, as well. 

Application Deadline: August 31 

Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRAMS: 

Can I take a virtual study abroad program or course that is not on this list?

Not at this time. 

Can I take a mixture of virtual study abroad courses and Hybrid NUFlex courses?

Yes. In fact, some virtual study abroad programs, such as University of Arts London, only offer a few courses.  If you want to take a mixture of virtual study abroad courses and Hybrid NUFlex courses, we’ll work closely with you and your academic advisor to ensure your semester works from the scheduling and workload perspectives. Please note that you will need to be comfortable navigating between different academic and technological systems, as the virtual study abroad programs will not be integrated with the new Northeastern Student Hub.Please note that international students on Home Country Study Abroad program are limited to taking 1 Virtual Study Abroad (or NUFlex course), if their host institution allows it. 

If I take a mixture of virtual study abroad and NUFlex courses, will I still have access to virtual intercultural learning opportunities and other features of virtual study abroad programs?

Yes! 

Can I take courses from two different virtual study abroad programs at once, and mix and match courses from across different virtual programs?

Unfortunately, no. Our Fall 2020 options are designed to be taken by program. In a couple of cases (API Global Select, ASA), you can mix and match courses among different institutions within individual virtual study abroad programs, but not between different virtual study abroad programs.

Where do I need to be located to take part in this program?

Anywhere in the world. You could be working from home, at the Boston campus, or any other place with an internet access. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary technical requirements and Wi-Fi connections.

 

Can any student take part in these programs?

To be eligible for these programs you must:  

  • be a matriculated undergraduate student at Northeastern, in good academic and financial standing;  
  • have completed two Northeastern semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 
  • meet minimum requirements for both Northeastern study abroad and the host program/institution. 

Students who are aiming to graduate early in December 2020 are cautioned against taking part in these programs, as your transcript will not arrive in time for a December graduation date. 

 

COURSES: 

Will I earn Northeastern credit for the courses taken on a virtual study abroad program?

Yes, all courses taken on a virtual study abroad program must be evaluated for a Northeastern equivalent course.  When researching your virtual study abroad program, please review the “Academics” tab on the GEO program page. It contains links to the course offerings at the host program and spreadsheets identifying the host program course with its Northeastern equivalency.  Please always refer to the Course Evaluation Database to confirm equivalenciesand talk to your GEO Advisor.  

Are the courses graded and will the grades be part of my GPA?

Yes, all courses are graded with letter grades, which will be part of your GPA, as per the Northeastern study abroad policy. Please see your GEO Advisor for the grade conversions (host grade scale to Northeastern grade scale). See course policies for details. 

 

APPLICATION: 

How do I apply to a virtual study abroad program?

Application details are found on the virtual study abroad program page in the “Application process” tab.  (top right).  All applicants need to complete a GEO application and a Host application.  If you’re ready to apply to a program, click on the “Apply Now” button.  Once you’ve completed the GEO application, your GEO Advisor will contact you with instructions for the host application.  Please review the application deadlines closely.  

 

STUDENT LIFE & ACTIVITIES: 

If I’m living on campus, will I still be able to take part in Northeastern student life, clubs, and activities?

Yes. Please note that you will incur the usual student activity fees, if applicable, for these experiences. 

Do virtual study abroad programs offer student life activities?

Some do. Please check individual programs on our list for more information and speak to your GEO Advisor. Some programs offer virtual student activities, such as language exchanges or virtual chat rooms and discussion boards. Others offer some access to virtual student life at the host institution. 

 

INTERCULTURAL LEARNING: 

Can you say more about the intercultural activities that GEO will be offering?

GEO will facilitate an online intercultural community space for all students enrolled in Fall 2020 virtual, home-country, and traditional study abroad programs. We invite students to take part in this Canvas-based community to connect with Northeastern peers and deepen their intercultural development. Reflections, discussions, virtual tours, Zoom check-in events, digital storytelling, and student-led cultural activities such as cooking, dance classes, and language learning will supplement students’ coursework, helping them to parse and process their experiences. A discussion forum will provide a place to pose questions, comments, and problems and get feedback from other students. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their reflections through SAIL, with a chance to be featured in GEO’s social media.   

 

FINANCES: 

Will I be charged Northeastern tuition?

Yes. For more information, please visit our finance page here For virtual study abroad programs, you will not be charged the $100 International Security and Emergency Support Fee. 

Will my financial aid be affected?

It shouldn’t be. Financial aid “travels” with your wherever you go. In addition, for virtual study abroad programs, those institutions which allow transfer credit can have their students keep their financial aid award, as normal. However, as always, please check with your Financial Aid advisors.  

Will my bill be the same if I take a combination of virtual study abroad and Hybrid NUFlex courses?

The charges will be the same as for a full semester’s tuition. However, the charges may be listed separately on your bill (for Hybrid NUFlex and for virtual study abroad). 

Are any scholarships or grants offered?

While GEO scholarships and fellowship applications have closed, some of the host programs offer their own grants and scholarships. Please see individual host program/institution information.