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Dialogue of Civilizations

Updated April 2020: Virtual Summer 1 & 2 Dialogue of Civilizations
Now open for registration
More information on the GEO Website

New INTL Dialogue: 
Cities in a Global Context (formerly Global Refugee Crisis: Rome and Palermo, Italy)
Professor Berna Turam
Summer Session II
For more info, click here

Other INTL Dialogues for Summer 2020:
Jordan & Egypt: Arabic Language & Middle East
Professor Denis Sullivan
Summer Session I

For more info, click here

Balkan Puzzles: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism
Serbia, Turkey Bosnia & Herzegovina
Professor Denis Sullivan

Summer Session II
For more info, click here

Summer 2020 – list with INTL requirements

Click here for the GEO website

Open to Northeastern University students of any major, the Dialogue of Civilizations is a series of “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and students around the world. The goal of each program is:

The “dialogue” in each country involves a series of meetings and discussions between students and local government leaders, community organizations, and their peers on various topics (politics, the arts, literature, popular culture, human rights, women and gender dynamics across cultures, etc.). The dialogue occurs within the context of two courses (8 SH), which have specific themes (language immersion, politics, economics, environmental studies, conflict negotiation, communication, etc.). These also involve lectures, site visits, and cultural events.

Please view the Dialogues FAQ at the bottom of the page for answers.

Summer 2019

Follow the Summer 2019 Jordan-Dialogue by clicking here for their blog post!

UPDATE TO 2019 United Nations Dialogue
Beginning in Summer 2019, the UN Dialogue will switch to Summer Session II.
It was found that June is the busiest month for the UN with the ILO, the WHO, the WTO and the Human Rights Council all have their summits in June.  Beginning 2019, we will be switching it to July in 2019.  Please plan accordingly. 


*PLEASE NOTE:  The Lists have been updated.  





For past Dialogues click here

To see the complete list of Dialogue of Civilizations options and for information about how to apply, please visit the Global Experience Office.


International Affairs students can use TWO 8-credit Dialogue of Civilizations to fulfill their international experience requirement.

For international affairs majors, the courses attached to specified Dialogue of Civilizations programs can count toward the Regional Analysis and Global Dynamics electives in their major coursework. 

Study Abroad

The International Affairs Program encourages students to spend as much time abroad as possible during their undergraduate career. One of the best ways to get extensive international experience is by participating in a “traditional” study abroad program for a semester or a year.

Northeastern University offers semester study abroad programs in several countries including Argentina,  the Czech Republic, South Africa, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Cuba, Italy and France, among many others.

Foreign language requirements apply to some programs, and students must meet the GPA requirement of the program to which they are applying. Because of the GPA requirements of some programs, international affairs students are encouraged to maintain a 3.0 GPA until the beginning of their international semester.

Students interested in spending a semester abroad studying full-time at a foreign university should visit the website of the Global Experience Office for more information about what programs are available and how to apply.

International Co-op

Globalization creates an imperative for colleges and universities to prepare students to be citizens of the world.

At Northeastern, international cooperative education is a great way for students to develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to feel at home anywhere in the world. And because experiential learning is Northeastern’s particular strength, the connections you will make through international co-op are broader and deeper than what is usually the case with standard foreign study programs.

Northeastern students can pursue a six-month international experiential learning opportunity in over a dozen countries with a broad range of international organizations. Opportunities exist in a broad range of industries including business, health care, engineering, education, computer technology, policing, biomedical, and communications.

Working and living in a foreign country presents distinct challenges. That is why Northeastern carefully selects and prepares candidates for international experiential opportunities. Ideal candidates for an international experience must be mature, flexible, adventurous, independent, self-motivated, and have a strong academic record while immersing themselves in a new culture. In return students will gain intercultural competency, international exposure, and deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

International affairs majors can complete an international co-op to fulfill their international experience requirement.

Dialogue of Civilizations FAQs


The goal of all of the Dialogues is to keep the cost of the program (including airfare, accommodations, program fees, educational tours) within summer tuition (8 credits). Due to increased gas prices and the exchange rate for the US dollar, the program fee for some programs might be higher. Please see the program description or contact the faculty leader of the specific program to which you are applying for more information.

Financial Aid?

You will be registered for two Northeastern undergraduate courses, therefore your regular financial aid package should apply if you are scheduled to be taking classes during the relevant summer session. Please talk with your financial aid officer and college advisor as you consider these programs.


The safety of all participants in Dialogue programs is a top priority. Throughout the stages of each program, government, institutional and individual sources of information are regularly consulted to ensure that programs are safe. Each program is led by an experienced faculty member who has significant experience leading programs and/or living outside of the US. No global travel or training experience can guarantee 100% safety for participants, just as a trip to the corner store is not without risks. In a dynamic global environment, Dialogue programs manage the risks of global living with a commitment to personal and program safety for each and every team member.


Each Summer Dialogue is comprised of two courses, 4 SH each (8 total). Please see your academic advisor to see if they will fulfill your major or college requirements.

Participation in one Dialogue (Summer I or Summer II) fulfills the Comparative Study of Cultures NU Core requirement.

If you are an International Affairs major, your experiential education requirement is fulfilled through participation in TWO Dialogues if they total 4 courses (16 semester hours). In addition, the courses attached to Dialogues MAY count as regional analysis elective or global dynamics electives toward an IAF major or minor (please see Kimberly Jones for confirmation).

How do I register for Dialogue courses?

All Dialogues admit students “by permission of instructor only.” Therefore, all students must complete the application process in order to be eligible to participate on the Dialogue and enroll in the respective courses. Students accepted to Dialogues will be automatically registered for the appropriate courses attached to each Dialogue by the Registrar’s Office. Students will not need to complete “I Am Here” registration for the semester that they are going on Dialogues.


You will be staying in hotels, hostels, homestays, or university dorms. Some programs incorporate excursions where the students will stay at campsites.

I've heard some Dialogues are very competitive? How do I get accepted? Can I apply to more than one?

Due to the number of programs and the number of students who apply for Dialogues, it is impossible to predict which are more or less competitive. It is recommended that you choose the programs that interest you most and make contact with the faculty leaders in order to see which program is the best fit for you. Some faculty give preference based on certain majors or other factors, so be sure to check with the faculty leader to see if you are eligible.

Why Dialogue of Civilizations?

Dialogue of Civilization programs are designed to take advanced participants to the next level in pursuit of their educational and vocational goals. Throughout the programs, participants are challenged to integrate on-site cultural learning with their own personal objectives. Academic participants do more than earn valuable university credits in Dialogue programs. They put themselves ahead of their peers through gaining hands-on experience by conducting cross-cultural research, program planning and implementation in a global setting, and in gaining contacts for future academic opportunities. For professional participants, Dialogue programs broaden the scope of reference for how work is done, provide valuable networking opportunities and highlight areas and skills that are necessary to succeed in global living and working. At the heart of Dialogues is the interaction of personal and professional goals of participants with the dynamic realities of a global setting.

What if I am not sure if I can participate on a Dialogue?

You really should decide before you apply if the program is right for you. It takes a great deal of time and coordination on the part of NU staff and the faculty leaders as well as our contacts abroad to make these programs successful and to place several hundred NU students into these programs. It is your responsibility to decide whether the Dialogues are a good fit for you BEFORE YOU APPLY. Check with anyone you need to (advisors, financial aid, parents/guardians, etc.) in order to make sure the program works for you. If you do not feel that you will be able to commit to participating in a Dialogue by the application deadline, it is strongly recommended that you wait until another year to apply. Students are responsible for a non-refundable deposit as well as any non-recoverable costs if they withdraw after being accepted.

How should I behave when I am abroad? What cultural differences should I be aware of?

Excellent questions! When you are participating on a Dialogue of Civilizations program, you are representing not only yourself, but also Northeastern University and the United States. Please be conscious of how your behavior affects the people around you. Also, educate yourself on appropriate language, gestures, and customs of the host country. Actions that are acceptable in the United States might be very offensive in other societies. Furthermore, avoid participating in risky activities. This is for your own personal safety as well as the safety of the group. To find out more about how to avoid acting like an “ugly American” while abroad, check out the GEO Resources page or The World Citizen’s Guide.