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Spending the semester abroad at one of the locations is an exciting and rewarding opportunity, and The Program is committed to maintaining an academically challenging, healthy, safe, and fun environment for all participants. As part of this commitment, Northeastern provides support staff members at each location, who accompany and provide on-site support for participants.

Each location has:
  • Site Director
  • Assistant Site Director (Based on participant enrollment)
  • International Student Advisors

Together, this team of professional staff and Northeastern students or recent graduates can respond to a range of issues and serve as a resource for participants on-site as well as family members at home. Staff Roles & Host Institution Support and our partner institutions understand that first-year students have different needs and are fully committed to supporting this population. The Site Director and Assistant Site Director’s role is to support the physical, emotional, social, and academic needs of first-year students. These staff members, in addition to support staff at the host institution, focus on creating positive and valuable learning experiences for students in their Service-Learning placements, academic coursework, and in the student residences. staff members interact with students daily and focus on creating an environment that promotes student success.

Site Director (SD)
While abroad, the Site Director acts as the main agent for participant safety and security, facilitates on-site program management, and coordinates all administrative duties. Additionally, SDs enhance learning and foster participant growth by acting as a resource and role model, teaching our one-credit Global Experience course, and overseeing its required Service-Learning component. 

Assistant Site Director (ASD)
While abroad, Assistant Site Directors support the SD in the management of student social activities, academic success, Service-Learning, and conduct. ASDs also work with the SD to liaise with staff and faculty from the host institution. Additionally, ASDs support the SD to assure participant safety and security, manage and coordinate ISA duties, and monitor the quality of the academic and social programming designed by the ISAs.

International Student Advisors (ISAs) 
ISAs are typically Northeastern University co-op students or recent graduates. They work as peer advisors, educators, guides, role models, and support persons for participants, while keeping the safety and well-being of the students as their number one priority. ISAs also build community by developing and leading social, educational, and stress management activities with a focus on the safety and support for the extraordinary experience that The Program has to offer. They are dedicated to facilitating social connections among students in an effort to cultivate community among participants and encourage cross-cultural understanding.

Group Activities & Excursions

While many students choose to travel independently while abroad, there are a number of excursions that build community among participants by exploring new territory as a group. In the past, these excursions have included trips to Edinburgh, Scotland; Athens, Greece; and a tour of the Great Ocean Road. The costs of these excursions are included in the program fee. 

ISAs also connect students to the local community and to each other by providing a number of opportunities to participate in social events. These events can range from attending movie premieres together, to family meals at a local restaurant, or enjoying live music at an open-air concert venue.

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