Global Experiences


Engineers of the 21st century need to be multifaceted and global to address the ever-evolving and complex challenges of the world. At Northeastern’s College of Engineering, a variety of global experience opportunities—from short- to long-term—are available to students to expand their knowledge and help them develop as innovative and global next-generation engineering leaders.

Student Benefits

  • Explore new cultures and places
  • Gain new perspectives
  • Learn about international issues important to the engineering field
  • Gain global work experience
  • Fulfill academic requirements

Chemical Engineering Research Co-op in Switzerland

Chemical Engineering student Hannah Boyce shares her unique experience conducting research abroad at ETH Zurich, one of Europe’s leading biotech institutions.

Global Co-op

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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 Germany, Singapore, Panama, Tanzania, Italy. Please discuss a global co-op with your engineering co-op coordinator as you formulate your comprehensive co-op program.

Global Co-op

Dialogue of Civilizations

Dialogue of Civilizations

The Dialogue of Civilizations Program is a series of “global student exchanges” between students at Northeastern University and students around the world. Several engineering dialogues are offered—from climate change in India to design and innovation in England. Each Dialogue of Civilizations program has its own eligibility requirements.

View scheduled offerings.

Study Abroad

Students can choose to study abroad at a number of different universities throughout the world through the Northeastern-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 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 a specific curriculum plan has been developed for engineering students.

Engineering students who wish to pursue study abroad should contact: Bailey Marcus Brousseau, Academic Advising, 147 Snell Engineering Center, (617) 373-2154, Email:

Study Abroad

Student Organizations


The Engineering Without Borders student organization aids communities in developing countries by using engineering solutions to address basic human needs, such as the need for potable water—all the while supplying student members with educational, transformative experiences. Students have traveled to Panama, Honduras, Uganda, and other places.

Engineers Without Borders

Global News

Research Partnership Between Northeastern and University College Dublin Flourishes

ChE Professor Rebecca Carrier is part of one of several new research projects in collaboration with University College Dublin.

Applying Industrial Engineering to Global Diplomacy and Humanitarianism

By combining the logistics of industrial engineering and the humanity of political science, Sebastian Chávez Da Silva is deeply committed to making a global impact with his degree — even in a time of crisis.

Living Life in Co-ops: An Alumnus’ Advice

After three vastly different co-op experiences and working as chief of staff at a Series A company, Alex Bender has realized he wants to live his life in co-ops. The next big step? Starting his own non-profit.

Global Co-op Gives Bioengineering Researcher Hope for Equitable Health Care

As she begins her pursuit of a PhD, Ashka Patel, E’24, hopes to use what she has learned on co-op in Boston and beyond to create a more innovative and equitable health care system.