Experiential Learning

Dialogues, Study Abroad, Co-Op

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Learning extends beyond the classroom at Northeastern. Providing students with opportunities for experiential education that links coursework with the real world is central to the mission of the university, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the International Affairs Program.

Students apply their classroom education to professional or research co-op settings through the university’s signature cooperative education program. Working on their own or in partnership with a faculty member, they discover new insights through research. Students bring what they learn in the classroom directly to the community through service-learning. They expand their educational boundaries by acquiring a world view through global learning opportunities.

Learn more about experiential learning opportunities at Northeastern in this section.

Experiential Learning For International Affairs Majors

For international affairs majors, we require that their experiential learning process contains at least one semester of an international experience, which could be a semester study abroad program, two approved Dialogue of Civilizations faculty-led programs, international co-op, or another approved international experience. Click here to visit the International Co-op page for International Affairs majors, and here for the University-wide International Co-op website.

One of the exciting things about studying here at Northeastern is the broad range of destinations for international co-op and Dialogue of Civilizations, Northeastern’s faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs. These are exciting experiential learning opportunities that have been developed within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Students may consider how they can combine co-ops and Dialogues in specific areas of the world with the goal of becoming regional experts in those areas and gaining a deeper understanding of the regions and cultures that interest them.

Jon Andrew, international affairs co-op coordinator, has co-led a Dialogue to Germany and accompanied a Dialogue to Turkey to develop a network of co-op positions for our students. Joani Lamachia has similarly co-led Dialogues to Northern Ireland and developed a range of opportunities there, as well as in Bali, Cambodia, and the Balkans. Click on a country or region below to learn which Dialogues are offered and the co-op positions available there.


The Balkans



Northern Ireland

Non-Dialogue Related