International Field Study Experience

IFSE is an international, experiential learning program in which students have the unique opportunity to serve as international consultants for global organizations on a current challenge they are facing.

Due to the recent global health developments around COVID-19, the London one week on-ground experience has been cancelled for spring 2020. The project on renewable wind energy with our sponsor, the British Consulate in Boston, and INT6900 course still continues. Thank you for your understanding during this uncertain and difficult time for all.

About IFSE

Overview

Throughout the program, students will work collaboratively in small, interdisciplinary teams and develop intercultural competencies necessary to succeed in the global workplace.

IFSE students will be combined into teams and asked to work together in order to solve a real-life business issue for an established multinational company.

IFSE Spring 2020 will meet for a total of 12 weeks online and one week (May 17-23, 2020) on location in London, United Kingdom. The UK has a centuries-old reputation for leading change: a reputation spanning diverse sectors including technology, finance, governance, and energy.

Students will meet with UK’s most passionate innovators who will share their ideas and solutions for work of the future. The IFSE experience is both instructive and immersive; the time in London is an opportunity to meet with sector experts as well as the client company and conduct in-depth field research based on the organization’s problem of practice. During the London segment, students will collaborate with the sponsor/host organization to show the progress they have made on the project and discuss challenges related to the problem they are solving. Students will visit the New College of the Humanities, Northeastern’s new London campus, meet with the Economics Officer at the US Embassy in London to have a Brexit conversation, and participate in a conversation with a theater critic to complement a theater visit. 

All graduate CPS programs are invited to participate. For Global Studies and International Relations students, this course is a capstone option. For all other CPS students, this course is an elective option that will require a course substitution form. Please contact your academic advisor for more information/ questions.

Why IFSE

  • Consult for real companies
  • Experience diverse organizational and national cultures
  • Engage with industry leaders
  • Experience deep cultural immersion
  • Hone research skills in a professional setting
  • Practice intercultural, interdisciplinary, and virtual teamwork
  • Explore the global problem of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective

Contact Us

Questions regarding course substitutions and how IFSE can best fit into your course map/ degree completion should be directed to your academic advisor and the Global Studies and International Relations academic advisor – Michael Boudreau ([email protected]).

Course Details

Class Deliverables

Students have the unique opportunity to serve as international consultants for global organizations on a global problem. Students will work collaboratively in small, interdisciplinary teams and develop intercultural competencies necessary to succeed in the global workplace.

What do I need to prepare for the course?

There will be pre‐departure orientation sessions (held on campus and virtually) 1 month prior to the departure date for all students.

All students should be prepared to engage fully with their teammates online throughout the course – this requires a lot of coordination and communication. Students should be prepared to be active team members throughout the course. 

Are there pre-requisites?

No. Any student with a GPA above 3.0, who has successfully completed a minimum of 24 q.h. in his or her program of study, is eligible to apply. Please speak with your Career and Academic Coach to discuss how to fit this class into your overall academic program.

Who is the class instructor?

IFSE – officially ‘coded’ as INT 6900 will be taught by Dr. Fiona Creed.

How many quarter hours is INT 6900?

INT 6900 is a 4QH course – 12-week class.

Does this course count as a Global Studies Capstone option?

Yes. Students who have fulfilled the general requirements (3.0 minimum GPA and 24 q.h. completed) and have also successfully completed GST 6109, may take INT 6900 as their Capstone.

Does this course satisfy the global requirement in the M.Ed.?

Yes, this course satisfies the global requirement in the M.Ed program. It also qualifies as an elective course in several other programs, including M.S. in Leadership, Sports Leadership, Organizational Communication, MAT, M.S. in Project Management, and M.S. in Human Services. Students are required to complete the Course Substitution Form and receive approval from their respective programs. Global Studies students can use INT 6900 to fulfill their Capstone requirement.

If I am not in the GST or M.Ed. program, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, however, please speak with your Career and Academic Coach to discuss how to fit this class into your overall academic program.

What will field study be like?

The week in-country will include site visits to New College of the Humanities, Northeastern’s new London Campus, US Embassy in London, and with local experts and small group meetings with the Northeastern faculty and classmates. This creates a real-life international business scenario that employees around the world encounter on a daily basis – that is: working with international teams, based in different time-zones, working within the context of different cultures, in order to achieve a common business goal that will increase efficiency and/or solve the issue at hand.

Spring 2020 will focus on UK’s Renewable Energy Strategy and the problem of practice will follow the working theme of offshore wind energy.

Will this course be offered again?

Yes, twice a year.  This is the sixth year of on-location international classes. CPS is committed to providing short-term international opportunities for students.

Applying

Important Dates for IFSE 2020

Submit IFSE Spring 2020 application to [email protected] by February 17, 2020.

Spring 2020 (April 6 – June 2020) registration opens February 6, 2020. Please make sure you are properly registered for INT6900.

Cost – IFSE 2020 in London, UK

In addition to tuition, students are charged a program fee. The program for IFSE London spring 2020 is $2,995.

You will see the program fee cost added to your tuition bill. The program will register all accepted students with the appropriate program fee as you will pay included costs via your My Northeastern account.

What’s included?

Accommodation: 6 nights at a central hotel in London with Daily Breakfast (double accommodations; single may be available at an additional cost)

Regional-style meals: Group Welcome and Orientation Dinner and a Group Farewell Dinner; Group High Tea at Harrods.

Transportation: Oyster Card for required group travel for 1 week on the Tube

Educational Itinerary: Industry visits and guided activities, including a London theater show

24/7 Emergency Service: 24/7 Emergency Assistance with AON WorldAware.

How to Apply

  • Discuss IFSE with your Academic Advisor to determine how fits into your academic program.
  • Submit IFSE Spring 2020 application to [email protected] by February 17, 2020
  • Complete admissions interview with Dr. Fiona Creed (Dr. Creed will reach out to each student to set up an interview time)
  • Spring 2020 registration opens February 6, 2020. Please make sure you are properly registered for INT6900. You will see the program fee cost added to your tuition bill. The program will register all accepted students with the appropriate program fee as you will pay included costs via your MY NU account. 
  • If accepted to IFSE Spring 2020, to hold place in class, submit a $1,000 non‐refundable deposit to secure your spot (More information to follow soon!)

Common Questions

Does this qualify for academic year 2020-2021 financial aid?

Yes. Please contact the Student Financial Services office for specific information.

If I am on financial aid, do I need to take two courses to qualify?

Yes, you will need to take the required minimum number of credits to qualify for aid. We will work with your faculty to make adjustments so that you can maximize your study and research time in London, UK

How do I secure my spot in this course?

Submit your application to f[email protected] by February 17, 2020 and complete admissions interview with Dr. Fiona Creed. If accepted to IFSE Spring 2020, to hold place in class, submit a $1,000 non‐refundable deposit to secure your spot.

You must register for the 12-week online course (INT 6900) separately through Northeastern University.

Is there a cap on how many students can attend from any one program?

One of the objectives of this course and opportunity is to increase understanding of the ramifications of globalization and to also offer a highly interdisciplinary experience. There is, however, a cap of 20 students.

What do I need to prepare for this course?

For London, UK bound IFSE, there will be pre‐departure orientation sessions (held on campus and virtually) 1 month prior to the departure date for all accepted students.

All students need to be prepared to engage fully with their teammates online throughout the course – this requires a lot of coordination and communication. Students should be prepared to be active team members throughout the course!

Travel & Logistics

Will Northeastern arrange my visa?

No. Students are responsible for obtaining their own tourist visas for travel. All U.S. students must have a passport valid at least six months after the end of travel.

Will Northeastern arrange my flights?

No. Students are responsible for arranging their own flights. For IFSE Spring 2020, students should plan on arriving at the hotel on May 17, 2020. Students are required to stay through the entirety of the on‐site program and must check out on Saturday, May 23, 2020. If they choose to stay additional nights preceding the official check in date (May 17) or after the May 23 check out, students will be financially responsible for those extra nights.

I am an international student, how will my visa work?

IFSE is an online class. You are not required to enter the U.S. at any point for this class. This class will not qualify you by itself for a student visa. If you are a current international student on a student visa and plan to stay in the U.S. this summer, please contact the Office of Global Services to determine your ability to travel for this class.

Can I bring a friend, partner, family?

Our liability insurance does not allow for any persons on this trip who are not registered for the IFSE INT6900 course. Students must reside in the accommodations included in the program and are for students only. 

Faculty

Fiona Creed

Fiona Creed headshot

Fiona Creed oversees and teaches the International Field Study Experience (IFSE), and is also an Associate Teaching Professor and Faculty Lead in the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs program. Fiona’s career spans the diplomatic, academic, entrepreneurial and nonprofit sectors. She began as a policy analyst at the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York City and developed that experience into her Ph.D. research on the often-fraught EU representation at the UN. As an assistant professor at University College in Cork, Ireland, Fiona taught international relations and European studies. Seeing a market opportunity, she went on to build and subsequently sell an online retail business in the United Kingdom.

Upon returning to the United States, Fiona served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, a nonprofit organization that educates students in diplomacy and global issues through its experiential learning program, Model UN. Fiona also served as a project lead and advisor at SOLVE MIT.

Fiona completed her BA and MA degrees at University College, Dublin, Ireland, and her Ph.D. at University College, Cork, including two years as a visiting scholar at the Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.