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Ileana Cortessi

International Affairs, BA


Ileana came to Northeastern from Athens, Greece. During her last two years of high school, she completed the International Baccalaureate program at Athens College, with a focus on Economics, Psychology and English Literature. Ileana also studied opera at the Greek National Conservatory and was looking for a university that could offer an international affairs program as well as exposure to a music department. Because Northeastern closely works with the New England Conservatory, it was a perfect choice. Ileana majored in International Affairs with minors in Political Science, French Language & Law and Public Policy. She also pursued a joint certificate in opera with the New England Conservatory.  

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Ileana ’s Path

This program has prepared her as much as possible, from the Dialogues to faculty who have inspired her to pursue a legal career.  In Ileana’s words, “coming from a small country like Greece and being a girl, I never thought that I would be able to do all the things that I did when I came to the U.S. Northeastern faculty continues to encourage me to reach my full potential.”  Her advice to all students is to go on a Dialogue. Because of her deep interest in conflict and negotiation, the Balkan Dialogue has “changed my life.”

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