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BE Visit to US Schools | Northeastern University

Added on: 2017-08-22Share on :

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University is a private research university categorized as an R1 institution. It features a cooperative education program, one of the largest and the oldest co-op/internship programs in the world. During BE's visit to Northeastern, our delegation were given more details about this program at Northeastern.

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University is a private research university categorized as an R1 institution. It features a cooperative education program, one of the largest and the oldest co-op/internship programs in the world. During BE's visit to Northeastern, our delegation were given more details about this program at Northeastern.  

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Co-op at Northeastern

 

 

Cooperative Education began at Northeastern over 100 years ago and remains a powerful learning model that integrates classroom learning with real-world experiences. It's like an internship program. When students are on Co-op, they go to work for 6 months, either from December till July or from July to December. So during these 6 months, students go to work and don't go to classes. Students are employed as a real employee, and do real tasks and work on real project, get paid and don't pay tuition.

 

Northeastern have a wide variety of Co-ops available for each major. "No matter what your major is, even if you are a psychologist, who can't really go and work as a psychologist. There are still options for you on co-op, for example, working in HR, or as I did, working as a teacher's assistant in an elementary school."

 

"So Co-op is not just about getting experience. It's getting experience working in real life, real job. But it's also about exploring what you actually want to do in real life. If you think you will really enjoy in one job, then you go on to co-op and then you absolutely hate it. It's a great thing before you graduate. It's really about making sure you know what you want to do in life. For example, I don't want to be a teacher, but I want to see if I will like it and how I does/it feels like to be a teacher."

 

 

According to Northeastern, they are trying to get its students a lot of flexibilities in the types of programs they can decide for themselves." We have it in 131 countries and 7 continent. It's all over the world, not just limited to the Boston area, up to around 3,300 active partnerships with different co-op employers around the world. So we don't really worry about network and we are able to match students with the opportunities that most interest them." A lot of times, these professional opportunities are built on where the industry is. So students studying Computer and Information Science might be working in Boston in places like Hubspot, or they might work in Seattle at a place like Microsoft. 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of the Co-op learning model

 

 

"There's a great deal of benefits that come from the co-op learning model I think. The most obvious one is that it gives you professional experience." Before students even graduate, they have the understanding of what it's like to work in the field that they're studying in. This gives a student a lot of valuable feedback as well." You spend a lot of time in your undergraduate degree learning knowledge before you really get the chance to apply. And there is some difference between what it is likes to learn something in the classroom and what is like to go out to the actual world. "

 

"One thing nice about co-op is that it gives students a better understanding of their own interests. So you might think you want to be a researcher, then you would go out and get to the lab doing your work, you'll really know for sure whether that's something you want to do whether it's something that you just thought you want to do." At Northeastern, if a student having a Co-op experience he can change what he's doing at Northeastern to suit that. So we hear this example: a student at Northeastern talking about how she started her program at Northeastern, thinking that she was gonna be involved in bio-medical research, got first co-op in hospital doing research. She did it. And she found that she really didn't like it at all. So she wanted to switch her second co-op doing something much more clinical where she was working with patients, working with other doctors, to find a much more interactive and social type position. She found that was a much better fit for her. 

 

"That information is something that she may not have had with a traditional model education until after she graduates. So getting that kind of perspective while you are still in school and still have the ability to study other things is really nice."

 

 

 

Co-op is one of the 4 ways to fulfill experiential learning – a requirement for everyone – in Northeastern. So it's not required to do co-op. For students who don't want to do co-op, they can also do research job." Research is another important part of our research institutions to get involved in these process as well." The way that stably works is that undergraduate students can take an interest in what their professors are working on professionally, either by going on office hours or giving space available in their laboratory where they are working on different projects they might invite an undergraduate student to get involved.

 

 

 

"I've been talking to a few faculty members about this process: how difficult it is for an undergraduate student to get research job opportunities and both of the faculty members said they really appreciate undergraduates show initiative and get involved in this area because they do want to give them these chances to participate."

 

Research can be done on part-time in the evening, outside classroom hours or can be done full time in the same sort of co-op model where students are not taking classes and are just engaged in research full time for a period of 6 months. It depends on the students' interests and which model they want to take.

 

 

 

 

 

Application Q&As

 

 

Q: What materials does Northeastern University require for application?

 

 

A: We are not just looking at academic performance, but as a whole person. What type of the things they do outside of the classroom, things they're interested in. What do we know about them from their essay, what their teachers say about them and what our guidance counselor say about them. These are some of the qualities that we think really resonates strongly with some of the best students or the best fit at Northeastern. For one thing I'd like to call attention is the fact that we don't use the SAT or the ACT for students that attend high school outside of the US. So if you are working with a student, and they are based in the boarding school in the US, then they would be required to submit the SAT or ACT. Additionally, in terms of English proficiency, the applicants that you are working with are non-native speakers, then they would be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS. And we also have subscore requirements. Let's say TOEFL It's 22 for reading, writing and listening and 24 for speaking. The 24 for speaking seems to catch up a lot of applicants in China.

 

 

 

 

QHow about students in UK boarding school? Do you still require IELTS or you just require a reference from the tutor?

 

 

A: A reference from the teacher would probably be helpful. I think a lot have to do is time. So if a student has been in the UK for example of, let's say 7 years or so. And they are doing well in their all sorts of humanities, social sciences, courses that use or require a lot of English fluency, then it's probably something we will read about. A lot of times, if we don't have a lot of information about the student's fluency because they don't submit testing or in some circumstances they move around a lot to different international schools, then we might look to see what type of rigor they have in English language program. 

 

 

 

Q: Do you accept GCSE language proficiency as a proof of language?

 

A: We don't accept GCSE as document. Typically we will look to the highest English language course offered at a particular school. So if a student takes AP, IB higher level English or A level English and is doing well at it, then there's a good chance we might waive the requirement. 

 

Q: Do you take third-party interview results like InitialView or Vericant? If submitted, would you look at it?

 

A: Yes. It's not to say that our students are required to submit a document like InitialView or Vericant. But they can help us get a better sense of students, interested specific programs and also a very humanizing process for a group of applicants that sometimes are very very competitive amongst each other.

 

Q: How would you judge A level and IB programs. Does IB students have more benefits when applying to universities? What would be better, how?

 

A: I don't think really one is better than the other. Either program you can have more and less rigorous course selections. In terms of applications, we tend to give more students studying in the IB programs. But that doesn't mean those students are more successful in the application process.  We know all of these curriculums and we look at all of them. Yes, the IB program is very rigorous but I still think there are some slightly less intensive courses that students can choose.

 

 

 

 

Q: Can you give an example of some outstanding Chinese applicants that you have received in the past?

 

A: We have had students, a lot of times, that will make the difference. To me, are the ones that has done very unique or interesting things. This comes the strongest if they do submit some kind of interviews. We get a lot of applicants that have nearly perfect grades from Shanghai, and they are interested in business, but sometimes submitting that interview where we can see the person, since I haven't had the chance to visit their school and meet them. That can really make all the difference. 

 

 

 

Facts and Figures about NYU New York

 

Country: the United States

Type: Research University

Established in: 1898

# of Majors: 150+

First year boarding ratio: 98%

Societies: 320

 

Undergraduate number: 17,107

Graduate students number: 7,628

Teacher to student ratio: 1:13

Graduate rate in recent 6 years: 83%

Percentage of international students: 17%

 

Tuition: $43,448

Boarding fee: $14,570

 

 

How to apply

 

Application Deadline: Early Decision is by November 1; Regular Decision is by January 1

 

Standardized testing requirements for international students: TOEFL 92 or above, IELTS 6.5 or above

 

 

 

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