Engineers of the 21st century must be able to keep up with technology and the evolving global marketplace. This involves not only technical proficiency but knowledge of international business as well.
Northeastern offers several ways that students can broaden their cultural horizons so that students can:
- Explore new cultures and places
- Gain new perspectives
- Learn about international issues important to the engineering field
- Gain global work experience
- Fulfill academic requirements
The following are options available to NU engineering students who wish to become more globally involved:
- Study Abroad
- Coop Abroad
- Dialogue of Civilizations
- Student Organizations
- Chemical Engineering Exchange Program
Students can choose to study abroad at a number of different universities throughout the world through the NU-sponsored study abroad program. This experience can be for either a semester or could even be a short-term, faculty-led program. Informational programs are offered to all NU students in the Study Abroad Office in 401 Richards Hall weekly. Past students have studied engineering at such schools as Queens University of Belfast, Ireland and Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia where we have developed a specific curriculum plan for Engineering students
NU students can pursue a six-month Global co-op in over a dozen countries. New industry and research opportunities for engineering students have been added in such countries as Russia, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, and China. Please discuss Global co-op with your engineering co-op coordinator as you formulate your comprehensive co-op program.
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Global Co-op Coordinator
The Dialogue of Civilizations Program is a series of “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and students around the world. Each Dialogue of Civilizations program has its own eligibility requirements. Please refer to the specific program's page for details. Below are some of the ones scheduled for Summer 2017:
- Australia: Fluid Mechanics Applications in Tasmania (Summer 2 2017) - Faculty Leader: Mohammad Taslim - CLOSED
- Brazil: Sustainable Energy in 21st Century Brazil (Summer 1 2017) - Faculty Leader: Courtney Pfluger
- Chile: How Medical Imagers Work (Summer 1 2017) - Faculty Leader: Chuck DiMarzio
- England: OxDesign: UK Experience in Design and Innovation (Summer 2 2017) - Faculty Leader: Sandra Shefelbine
- Marketing in Asia: India and its Glorious Contradictions (Summer 2 2017)
- Italy: Science and Culture through the Ages (Summer 1 2017) - Faculty Leader: Carey Rappaport - CLOSED
- Italy: Sustainable Waste Management: European Practices for Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection (Summer 1 2017) - Faculty Leader: Annalisa Onnis-Hayden - CLOSED
- Italy and the Scientific Revolutions (Summer 2 2017) - Faculty Leader: Waleed Meleis
- Netherlands: Sustainable Urban Transportation (Pending Summer 2 2017) - Faculty Leader: Peter Furth
- Singapore/Indonesia: Climate Change Science and Policy (Summer 1 2017) - Faculty Leader: Auroop Ganguly
- Spain: Process Safety and Chemical Engineering Abroad (Summer 2 2017) - Faculty Leader: Ron Willey
Engineering Without Borders recently designed and constructed a village-wide water distribution system in Los Planes, Honduras.
Student Success Stories
Industrial Engineering Co-op Follows IBM to PhilippinesShuntaro OkuzawaBS, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 2013
“I was looking at everything from individual processes to entire departments from a bird’s eye view,” said Okuzawa.
Joe Pang (Industrial Engineering), - Yonsei University, South Korea
My semester abroad at Yonsei University was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget! While I was abroad I was able to stay on track with my degree by taking engineering classes (in English). From this experience I have made numerous life-long friends and have been able to re-experience the “college” life abroad as an exchange student. As I reflect on my time abroad, I can only think of positive thoughts and experiences that have helped me to become a more rounded and experienced individual. I truly believe that studying abroad adds more to your college career than just earning a degree at a single university, as my communication, leadership and organizational skills have all improved by this experience. By immersing yourself in a different culture you are constantly learning and adapting and becoming an individual who will not only conform to your surroundings, but stand out with the experiences earned through studying abroad.
Bryce Wilson (Industrial Engineering), University of Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
When studying abroad in the Basque Country I wanted to achieve integration into the local culture and complete immersion in another society. To do this, I tried to minimize the US-based influences in my life. I only read European news and I really tried to only speak and think in Spanish (and Basque), while only breaking into English to keep in contact with my friends back home. The student residence I lived in had no one who spoke English natively which gave me a better experience compared to my friends who lived with other American students while studying abroad. I forged some authentic friendships with Basque students which gave me insight into how they studied, partied, relaxed, and viewed the rest of the world.
Spencer Heyl (Mechanical Engineering), Swinburne University, Melbourne Australia
First of all, studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. The experiences, and the people with whom I shared those experiences, are memories I will never forget. There is so much to do and see in Australia. It is an amazing country filled with amazing places. The school experience is a bit different from Northeastern. The overall attitude is more relaxed and much less competitive. Classes are still challenging but all the professors are very approachable and easy to talk to. Swinburne provides a ton of trips and activities for international students. I was able to go surfing, wakeboarding, hiking, wine tasting, and even took a trip to a wildlife sanctuary! If you give yourself time to travel and have a bit of money saved up, it's not too difficult to travel Australia with friends. I went to Uluru, Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, and even New Zealand with only a few weeks of spare time. The best part for me was the amount of international students I met. There were students from Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Italy, Greece, China, and Japan all living in the same building. I had such an amazing experience at Swinburne. If anyone is unsure if they want to travel to Australia, don't be. Just go. I didn't meet a single student who didn't think the country was absolutely amazing. You need to have some sense of adventure and the willingness to meet new people and try new things. The best advice I got was to say "yes" to everything, and it really worked out. Two months later and I'm still missing Australia, and I know someday I will be back.
Justin White, (Computer Engineering), UPC Barcelona, Spain
I spent the spring of 2011 studying in Barcelona, Spain. Despite the distractions of being one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations, I managed to not only to enjoy the Catalan and Spanish cultures, but also to get some work done. I performed an independent research project under the tutelage of my professor at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, where I also took classes in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, and an intensive Spanish language class. When not in class, I spent my time traveling to visit fellow NU students in different parts of Europe and sharing time with others in search of good food and good folk. The most fruitful trips? Those to Mallorca, Lisbon, and Rome.
I think everyone has a different experience traveling abroad, and I’m so grateful that mine worked out as beautifully as it did. I think that everyone should have a chance to travel to another country for a period of time, because I believe that the only way to understand another culture is to live in it. We can’t hope to truly connect with people of other cultures if we can’t put ourselves in their shoes, but if we can get a glimpse of their world first-hand, we can at least imagine.