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

Featured Galante Fellow: Beatriz Feijóo Gómez

Beatriz Feijóo Gómez is a sixth-year student at Northeastern University, graduating December 2022 with an MS in engineering management and having previously received her BS in civil engineering in May 2021. Feijóo Gómez has always had an affinity for math and science, and growing up one of her favorite things to do was build models of […]

Joseph Berman

Seeing Code in Real Life: A Co-op Journey into Robotics

Computer Engineering student Joseph Berman has taken advantage of Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities. After completing a co-op at Amazon Robotics, he worked in the robotics lab of Associate Professor Taskin Padir, who is also director of the Institute of Experiential Robotics. He is now on co-op in Japan working at Mujin, a startup based in Tokyo with additional branches in Georgia and China. Mujin creates software for industrial robots controlled by a central artificial intelligence hub.

A Perfect Storm Hit an Imperfect Climate Dialogue

By Auroop R. Ganguly, Professor, Northeastern University Instructor, 2022 Climate Dialogue in Tanzania When I generally hear the now clichéd phrase “this is not rocket science”, I usually try to smile in a way that I hope comes across as amused tolerance. When my graduate students use the phrase however, I gently tell them that […]

Aditi Purandare

Research Experiences Lead to Fulbright-Canada Globalink Mitacs Award

Aditi Purandare, E‘23, electrical and computer engineering, had three reasons for deciding to attend Northeastern. “I chose Northeastern because of the co-op program, the location, and the opportunities available to undergraduates,” she says. The university also played a huge part in fueling Purandare’s research interests. “The College of Engineering has a lot of interesting projects […]