Dialogue of Civilizations

Dialogue of Civilizations, offered during Summer 1 or Summer 2, is a uniquely engaging program that takes you around the world to focus on critical issues facing students and peers both locally and globally. You’ll spend around 30 days in-country with a faculty leader from Northeastern University, learning about a specific topic or course subject, broadening your horizons, and gaining the experience of a lifetime.

Communication Studies Dialogues

Faculty Member: David Tamés



Canada and England



ARTE 2500 – Art and Design Abroad: Studio [Alternative Realities Studio]
ARTE 2501 – Art and Design Abroad: History [Alternative Realities Seminar]


Unique insider perspectives on the rapidly evolving medium of immersive storytelling using interactive, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Students will learn from a wide range of guest speakers who are experts on the subject and we will attend Sheffield Doc/Fest, a top-five international film festival offering access to the latest documentary and journalistic AR and VR projects and the people who made them.


Access to the current industry perspectives and experts in the field and hands-on-experience with the design process will enhance attractiveness when applying to co-op positions, internships, and work after graduation.


Students will participate in a studio course based in Toronto working in collaboration with local media makers to produce three working prototypes and then travel to England to participate in a seminar course based on attending Sheffield Doc/Fest, a top-five international documentary festival and home of the Alternative Realities Exhibition and Alternative Realities Summit. Here students will have the chance to interact with industry experts and the creators of innovative works who are inventing the medium.


Faculty Member: Luis Brens



Havana, Cuba / Pinar Del Rio, Cuba / Las Terrazas, Cuba



ARTE 2500 – Photo Basic

ARTE 2501 – History-Cuba Cultural History


Engage with Havana, Cuba through the lens! Photographing the island of Cuba is an incredibly rare opportunity – now is your chance! Meet the warm and welcoming people, experience the natural beauty of the island and view the stunning architecture. Take a step into a place that is frozen in the 1950’s and witness countless vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s pass you in the street. There will be two trips outside of Havana to “Viñales” known for its tobacco fields, which plays a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. This dialogue will also visit “Las Terrazas”, the nature reserve forest. This program will require a lot of walking every day.


Faculty Member: Michelle Carr



London, England



COMM 3306 – International Communication Abroad

COMM3307 – Production Practicum Abroad


Get familiar with the people and the culture of England as well as the British Empire, with an emphasis on the city of London and Englands vast history. Interact with local citizens to produce and edit a 10-12 minute documentary on a subject of your choice. Experience in media production is not a requirement, all disciplines are encouraged to apply. What makes this dialogue unique is that the city of London is our classroom and students are out on the streets every day interacting with locals to produce their films while they are learning about the history of England. London is one of the greatest cities in the world to film a documentary. It is vibrant and full of artists, musicians, amazing architecture, and history. Its people are diverse in religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political views, class, and nationality which opens the door to many ideas and topics to cover.


Faculty Member:  Richard Katula



Athens, Greece / Santorini, Greece / Crete, Greece / Rhodes, Greece



INTL4944 – Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective. Counts towards NU Path- Interpreting Cultures

COMM 3306 – International Communication


Have you ever dreamt of seeing the antiquities of ancient Greece? Now is your chance to participate in lectures and tours at the sites themselves! Join this dialogue to hear talks by Greek scholars and stay in beautiful hotels in places throughout Greece including Athens, Rhodes, the Jewish Synagogue, Crete, Santorini, the Peloponnese including Olympia, Delphi, and Nafplion. See for yourself where western civilization began, and also learn about the Greek/European economic/immigration crises, Greek literature, and the famous Greek diet. See places you have only heard of such as the Parthenon, Knossos, Acropolis of Lindos, 13th c. walled city of the Crusader Knights of St. John, and Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Volcano of Santorini and Minoan ruins, and Vergina (site of Philip of Macedon’s grave). Special guests include Nicolas Gage, the President of Greece (probable), Leonidas Tsonis – PhD in Economics, and Haris Vlavianos, a famous Greek poet. Greece is very mountainous and this dialogue includes a few long bus rides – buckle up!