The Asian Studies Program requires its majors to spend time in Asia in an educationally and culturally meaningful setting. This could include Northeastern University’s semester and year abroad programs, Dialogue of Civilizations program, international co-ops, experiential education programs, or other exchange programs not run through the university. The program’s requirement for firsthand experience in Asia stems from a belief that the most valuable and effective method of understanding Asia is to spend time there.
Semester and Year Abroad Programs
Northeastern has formal relationships with several universities in Asia where students can study for a semester or a full academic year. Studying abroad at one of these universities provides students with an ideal environment for foreign language acquisition while also enabling them to have direct contact with the culture and society. Living with a host family is often possible.
Search Semester Abroad Programs here.
For information about international co-op, please visit Northeastern’s Global Co-op website here.
Dialogue of Civilizations
The Asian Studies Program encourages our majors and minors to participate in Northeastern University’s faculty-led, short-term study abroad Dialogue of Civilizations program, a series of “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and communities around the world.
The Dialogue study tours, usually lasting 4-6 weeks, involve a series of meetings and discussions between students and local government leaders, community organizations, and students on various topics (the arts, human rights, literature, politics, popular culture, women and gender dynamics across cultures, etc.). Aside from lectures, students participate in cultural events, visit historically significant sites, and sometimes undertake short-term internships. Each dialogue program is equated with two upper level courses, which have specific themes (language immersion, politics, economics, environmental studies, conflict negotiation, communication, etc.).