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Global Experiential Learning Programs

Study Abroad, Co-Op, Dialogue of Civilizations, and N.U.in

Here you will find the latest information about the status of Northeastern’s global experiential learning programs.

I am currently on study abroad. What should I do?

Northeastern students participate in global experiential learning opportunities in 146 countries and all continents, including Antarctica. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

The university previously advised students abroad, particularly in CDC 3 level countries as well as those affected by the federal prohibition on travel from Europe to the United States, to return home. Given the increased travel restrictions on international flights, as of March 14 the university is requiring that all students on Northeastern programs abroad return to their home of record/primary residence. The Global Experience Office (GEO) is working closely with affected students and their academic advisors.

We are working with host institutions and employers to determine whether students can complete their semesters remotely. If they cannot, we will work with each student to make sure they can continue their academic progress through Northeastern.

What is the status of Summer 2020 Dialogue of Civilizations Programs?

In addition to canceling Dialogues in countries that have risen to CDC Level 3, all planned Summer I and Summer II Dialogue of Civilization global experiences will—if possible—be offered virtually. In cases where faculty leading programs determine doing so is impractical, students enrolled in canceled programs who choose not to participate in another offering will receive a refund of associated fees. GEO will be contacting students to inform them of their options.

Should I cancel my current or upcoming global co-op?

As of March 14, all students abroad are asked to return home immediately. This is in addition to previous requests for global co-op students working in Italy, in the Schengen Area, and the U.K. to return to their home countries. We are working with host institutions and employers to determine whether students can complete their semesters remotely. If they cannot, we will work with each student to make sure they can continue their academic progress through Northeastern. Students on co-op in the impacted locations should consult with their employers and their co-op coordinators to determine options for completing their assignments.

As of Tuesday, March 17, students currently on co-op are included in the request to move out of residence halls. A communication has been sent by Northeastern to all employers regarding co-op students who may not be able to maintain their co-op placements as a result of moving out of campus housing. Students in residence halls should speak to their co-op employers about remote work if they haven’t already. Any student who has to conclude a co-op experience early because their employer will not allow remote work can be assured that they will receive the appropriate credit. Students with specific questions on implications for their co-ops—such as those on clinical placements—should contact their co-op coordinators.

The Global Experience Office and the International Safety Office will be reaching out to all students planning to study abroad or participate in a global co-op during Summer II to discuss their options. At this time, all non-essential university-sponsored travel remains prohibited. Please note that university-sponsored travel to locations with a CDC Level 3 designation is not permitted. The CDC has issued a Global Pandemic Notice, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all global destinations. Students are permitted to participate in study abroad programs or global co-ops if they study or work remotely from a safe location. Students may also request to participate in study abroad programs or global co-ops in their home countries. These opportunities must be approved by the Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC). For more information, visit the Global Experience Office and the International Safety Office webpage: https://provost.northeastern.edu/international-travel/.

The university is committed to supporting our students on co-op just as we support our students who are in classes. Students who have questions or concerns should contact WeCare at wecare@northeastern.edu.

I am planning to travel internationally as part of a university-sponsored Summer 2020 Dialogue of Civilization offering, Summer 2020 co-op, or Fall 2020 study abroad program. What should I do?

Previously, the university canceled all Dialogues planned for CDC Level 3 countries. All other Summer I and Summer II Dialogues will—if possible—be offered virtually. In cases where faculty leading programs determine doing so is impractical, students enrolled in canceled programs who choose not to participate in another offering will receive a refund of all associated fees.

Students are permitted to participate in study abroad programs or global co-ops if they study or work remotely from a safe location. Students may also request to participate in study abroad programs or global co-ops in their home countries. These opportunities must be approved by the Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC). The Global Experience Office will be contacting students to inform them of their options. For more information, visit the Global Experience Office and the International Safety Office webpage: https://provost.northeastern.edu/international-travel/.

 

I have been accepted into the Fall 2020 N.U.in program. Will I still be able to participate?

The university is closely monitoring the planned Fall 2020 N.U.in program sites. For any planned site that is located in a CDC Level 3 country, we are actively making contingency plans.

While we will continue to follow CDC guidelines and State Department Travel Guidance, currently the university expects that the majority of students accepted to N.U.in will be able to participate fully in the Fall 2020 program without interruption.

Key Contacts:

N.U.in Program

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
nuin@northeastern.edu
617-373-6447

Global Experience Office
GEO@northeastern.edu
617-373-5276

Khushal Safi, Senior Security Analyst for International Safety
mytravelplans@northeastern.edu
617.373.3212

If you need urgent assistance while abroad, please contact WorldAware at +1.312.470.3108. WorldAware is a Northeastern University partner providing our travelers with a wide range of resources and assistance, including referrals for local healthcare service providers, travel warnings, and emergency assistance services 24-hours a day.

Please also keep your GEO advisor or co-op coordinator up to date on any changes or disruptions you experience while participating in a university-sponsored experiential learning program.

What does the decision to move instruction online in Boston, Seattle, London, Charlotte, Vancouver, and the Bay Area mean for students currently on co-op?

Any student abroad on a Northeastern program, including co-op, is asked to return to their home of record/primary residence. Students should speak to their co-op employers about remote work if they haven’t already.  Any student who has to conclude a co-op experience early because their employer will not allow remote work can be assured that they will receive the appropriate credit. Students with specific questions on implications for their co-ops—such as those on clinical placements—should contact their co-op coordinators.

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