Leading Global Programs

Interested in leading a global program?

  • Read our Faculty-Led Program Handbook to learn about GEO’s Proposal process.
  • Consult with your Department Chair, College Dean, and other faculty about your program idea.
  • Speak with your students about the possibility of a DOC or an Embedded program to spark ideas.
Professors teaching abroad.

Faculty-Led Programs

The Dialogue of Civilizations (DOC) program allows Northeastern faculty to share experiential learning with a group of students in a global setting beyond the Boston campus, where different cultural perspectives on various topics are explored. Each DOC program provides students with a global experience that builds upon and enhances their academic studies and training in Boston. Faculty leaders work alongside the Global Experience Office to bring these unique experiential learning opportunities to students at locations around the globe. Below are some components of a DOC program:

  • Faculty spend approximately 30 days in a chosen country or countries with a group of students during either the Summer I or Summer II term. The exact program dates may differ based on the program components or the faculty member’s personal schedule.
  • The recommended size of the group is between 15 to 35 participants, depending on the program structure and location. These numbers are carefully chosen by the faculty and GEO to foster group bonding, complement the goals and objectives of the specific program, and to meet the program budget.
  • Students enroll in two undergraduate courses, each worth 4 credits. The course offerings strategically align with the program’s location and expected learning outcomes.

Please refer to the Search Opportunities page to view DOC programs that have run in previous years and to gain more insight on international programming and opportunities.

Embedded programs are opportunities for faculty who are teaching a course during a semester to lead a one-week immersion program in an international location. They are typically offered during Spring Break, but the timing can be flexible. The goal of Embedded programs is to enhance the course by integrating it with a field-study experience in a location that pertains to the course material. Like the Dialogue of Civilizations programs, faculty work in collaboration with GEO to bring a unique experiential learning opportunity to students beyond the Boston campus. Below are some components of an Embedded program:

  • Embedded programs run for a period of 7-10 days.
  • Students must be enrolled in the course to participate in the off-campus component of the program. If they choose to participate, they will be charged a fee that covers instruction, airfare, housing, and support while abroad. Fees vary by program, depending on the program inclusions and budget.
  • Students enrolled in the course are not required to participate in the Embedded program, but will receive supplemental work to replace the off-campus component of the course if they choose to not participate.

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