International Applicants

Northeastern University is home to one of the largest international student communities in the United States, with over 14,000 international students coming from over 140 countries.

You should review the information found below if:

  • You are a non-U.S. Citizen applying to Northeastern from a high school or university in any country around the world, even the U.S.
  • You are a U.S. Citizen applying from a high school or university outside of the U.S.

You will find application information under Applying, enrollment information under Admitted Students, and additional details about services available for students, under Support.

Applying

Application Information and Deadlines

All first-year and transfer applicants must apply with either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Please use the links below to acquire more information about the Common Application and Coalition Application.

On the application and any supporting documents, please use your name as it appears on your passport.

Whether you’ll graduate with an American high school diploma, the IB Diploma, or another internationally recognized school leaving qualification, you will be expected (prior to enrolling) to complete a secondary education program which enables you to apply to university in your own country (e.g. British A-Levels, French Baccalauréat, or German Abitur). Predicted examination results should be sent with your grades by your high school.

  • Your high school will need to provide Northeastern with official transcripts or academic records by the application deadline.
  • Transcripts sent by an applicant or their families will not be accepted.
  • If your educational system does not issue transcripts, your high school must provide the academic records which detail the courses you’ve taken throughout high school, and the grades which you’ve received. Examples include internal grade reports, term or semester reports, mark sheets, or promotional or provisional examination results.
  • Results should also be provided from any lower secondary examinations, such as the GCSE, O-Levels, SPM, WASC, or Indian SSC.

If you are applying as a transfer student from an international university, you will need to provide a certified transcript evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency, such as the Center for Educational Documentation.

Northeastern’s standardized testing policy is based on where you will graduate from high school, regardless of citizenship.

U.S. High School

If you are applying from a high school in the United States, you can satisfy Northeastern’s standardized testing requirements by submitting official score reports from either the SAT or ACT, sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.

  • SAT CEEB Code: 3667
  • ACT College Code: 1880

International High School

If you are applying from a high school which is located outside of the United States, you should not submit the SAT or ACT, as results from either test will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Instead, you are encouraged to demonstrate your abilities by submitting results from any AP exams; predicted or final IB Diploma results, or at least 3 Higher Level course results; or, predicted or final results from other international pre-university qualifications. Any international qualifications must represent completion of secondary education, with final exams being administered by an independent examination board (not your high school) and required for university entrance in your country. Examples include the GCE Advanced Levels, French Baccalauréat, or the Indian Higher Secondary School Certificate.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must submit official school reports from either the SAT or ACT, unless:

  • You completed 24 college credits or more following your high school graduation.
  • You graduated from high school more than 5 years ago.
  • You graduated from a high school located outside of the United States.

Strong English skills are necessary in order to be successful in an academically rigorous classroom environment and the experiential learning programs that Northeastern offers. All students, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate English language proficiency when applying. You can meet Northeastern’s English Proficiency Requirement if:

  • English is your native language.
  • You have lived, and studied, at a high school, college or university for 4 consecutive academic years, in the United States or another majority native English speaking country.
  • You submit, along with your application, official test results directly from the testing agency for one of the following English language proficiency tests:

 

Official results must be submitted by the application deadline. If a student plans to submit their application and then take an exam for a second, or third time, applicants must indicate planned future test dates on their application, to inform the Admissions Committee of any pending test results.

Northeastern’s Admissions Committee will consider not only your overall composite score, but also your individual subsection scores, to confirm your proficiency across all four language skills, which are needed to be successful at Northeastern. Our most competitive applicants will frequently achieve composite scores between: 99 and 107 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 and 8.0 on the IELTS Academic, 68 to 74 on the PTE Academic, and 185 to 204 on the Cambridge English Scale. All applications are fully evaluated and considered for admission.

  • Applicants who would benefit from additional language study and support prior to beginning the full-time undergraduate program at Northeastern could be offered admission through N.U. Immerse, a one-year transitional, acculturation program. Upon successful completion of N.U. Immerse,you will be prepared to fully matriculate into your chosen degree program of study.
  • Applicants who wish to provide additional evidence of their English proficiency are permitted to submit results from the Duolingo English Test. Results are considered to be an optional supplement, and do not replace English language proficiency testing such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

Northeastern’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency from any applicant, regardless of citizenship or first language, at any time during the evaluation process.

Waiving the English Proficiency Requirement

If, prior to enrolling at Northeastern, you will have completed 4 consecutive years in a high school or university where academic English was the language of instruction for all courses (excluding foreign language acquisition courses), you may be eligible for a waiver, provided you have also demonstrated strength in your English language, literature and composition courses, and can provide Northeastern with either final or predicted results from externally assessed examinations, such as:

  • AP English Language & Composition -OR- English Literature & Composition
  • IB English A: Language & Literature (HL or SL)
  • IB English A: Literature (HL or SL)
  • IB English B (HL)
  • GCE AS or A-Level English Language -OR- English Literature
  • GCSE English Language -OR- English Literature
  • GCE O-Level English Language
  • International GCSE/IGCSE English A, English Language, English Literature, First Language English or Literature in English

Our Admissions Committee will typically waive the English Proficiency Requirement for the following scores: 4 or 5 on any AP exam; 6 or 7 on any IB English A exam, or 7 on any IB English B exam; B and above on any GCE AS or A-Level exam; and, 6 and above (or B and above) on any (I)GCSE or GCE O-Level exam. Furthermore, the Admissions Committee will also review your academic records and high school transcripts, focusing on your academic performance, as assessed by your internal marks and promotional or preliminary examinations, in courses which are discussion-based and writing-intensive.

  • If you are predicted to achieve the required score, please read the “Predicted Grades” section.
  • If you did not achieve or are not predicted to achieve the required score, you can still submit your waiver request, but are encouraged to submit English language testing.
  • If you studied in a curriculum other than the AP, IB or British curricula, you may still be eligible for a waiver, and should submit your request through the same process. Students most successful in receiving a waiver will provide predicted or final results from any externally assessed English language, literature, or composition examinations, with grades equivalent to American As or high Bs.
  • If you were enrolled in ESL courses for more than one year during the last four years you are not eligible for a waiver of this requirement.

You can submit your waiver request through the App Status Check at any time, following the submission and processing of your application. Your request will only be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after we receive your academic records. If a waiver is approved, your application requirements will be updated in the App Status Check.

Interviews

Northeastern does not offer alumni or on-campus interviews, but non-native English speaking students are permitted to submit third-party, unscripted video interviews, which allow you to personally discuss your academic and personal background. Northeastern will consider and evaluate video interviews submitted through InitialViewVericant, or the video interview from the Duolingo English Test. Please note: none will replace English language proficiency testing, when required.

Applicants should complete their interviews by November 15 for Early Decision I, December 1 for Early Action, January 15 for Early Decision II, and February 1 for Regular Decision.

Northeastern encourages applicants to provide predicted grades for national examinations, in the absence of any final results. Predicted grades can be provided by a high school official who can either submit them by completing Northeastern’s Predicted Grades Request Form or by using your own high school’s predicted grades form. Either document can be submitted with the School Report, high school transcript or Counselor Recommendation; or emailed to admissions@northeastern.edu from an official school email address.

Predicted grades will be reviewed alongside your internal marks, and any promotional or preliminary examinations. As predicted grades are updated, you are required to send them to Northeastern. (Updates would include the predicted IB grades sent to the IBO as opposed to earlier predictions which were used for your university applications; or your provisional A-Level results issued before your final certificate). Once final results become available, you must request for them to be sent to Northeastern from the examination board. If your final test scores are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results, Northeastern reserves the right to rescind any offers of admission.

Non-native English language speakers whose English Proficiency Requirement was waived partially due to predicted grades, but whose final results in any English language and literature courses are not within an acceptable range of your predicted results, will be required to complete further English language testing, or additional English language instruction either during your first semester at Northeastern, or throughout your freshman year.

Northeastern provides need-based financial aid to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and eligible non-citizens (as determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

All students regardless of citizenship are eligible for merit-based scholarships. No additional application is necessary, as the application for admission serves as scholarship application. Merit-based scholarship are extremely competitive awards and are typically given to admitted students who are in the top 10-15% of the applicant pool. Awards range from $10,000-$25,000.

Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF)

All international students are required to complete and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF), which is designed to assist in obtaining complete and accurate information about an applicant’s financial support. Northeastern will verify all financial resources before any international student is issued a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). You can access the DCF through the App Status Check once you application is submitted and processed. You will find instructions here.

Documents should be submitted online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Documents not submitted through an application can be sent from a high school or university email address to admissions@northeastern.edu or mailed. Mailing instructions are also available below.

  • Test results must be sent directly to Northeastern from the testing agency or examination board.
  • Transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or university.
  • Results from national examinations, which are only released to the student, can either be scanned and sent to Northeastern from a verifiable high school email address, or a certified copy can also be mailed to Northeastern.
  • Official English translations will be required for documents which are provided in languages other than English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation.

You can send your application fee or fee waiver requests (if being sent separately from the application) as well as FedEx, UPS, or Priority Mail packages to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Kerr Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000 USA

 Transcripts and recommendations which were not submitted online can be mailed to:

Northeastern University
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8210
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA

Northeastern expects all applicants to submit an application (essays, transcripts, test scores, etc.) that is in its entirety completed by the applicant. No part of the application can be completed by persons (including paid agents, admissions support agencies, or personnel) other than the student applying for admission. Use of such services violates Northeastern policies, and will lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.

Admitted Students

Congratulations and welcome to our vibrant community of talented, intellectually curious, and ambitious admitted students! At Northeastern, you will pursue your passions, discover new opportunities, stretch your mind, and prepare to make an impact on the world—all before you graduate.

If you have questions about enrolling at Northeastern, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions team at admissions@northeastern.edu.

Next Steps

Below you will find steps to confirm your enrollment and prepare for your first year as a Husky!

  • Go to the myNortheastern welcome page, here.
  • Click on “Request Access.”
  • Under “Students,” select “Activate Account.”
  • Provide the following:
    • Your NU ID, which is available through your App Status Check, on your admissions letter, or in your application acknowledgement email.
    • Your Social Security Number. If you do not have or did not provide your Social Security Number on the application, then you will be provided with another number in your App Status Check, under the Terms of Admission.
    • Your permanent address zip code. If your permanent address is out
  • You can submit your enrollment deposit online through the myNortheastern admitted student portal.
  • Your enrollment deposit will vary depending on the program which you were offered admission:
    • Fall Semester (including Honors or General Studies): $600.00
    • All International students must also pay a one-time International Student Fee ($250).
    • The N.U.in Program: See here.
    • N.U. Bound: $1,200.00
    • N.U. Immerse: $1,000.00

Between 24-48 hours after you pay your enrollment deposits, you will be able to access your Housing Application through myNortheastern.

If you were offered Fall Semester admission, you are required to live on-campus during your first two years.

Information below applies to the following admitted students:

  • Arriving on our Boston campus in either the upcoming Fall or Spring Semesters.
  • If you were offered admission through N.U.in, you will apply for your student visa through The N.U.in Program. Further instructions will be provided by the program, or you can review the “Travel Information” provided for your specific site.

International students have to submit a request for their Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student (F1) Status or Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. You will need the F student visa for academic or short-term English programs. You will need the J student visa for specific government- or university-sponsored educational exchange programs.

  • Between 24-48 hours after you pay for your enrollment deposit, you will be able to access myOGS – Northeastern’s online portal for international students – which you can access through your myNortheastern portal.
  • If you will study on the F student visa, you must request your initial Form I-20, or request to transfer your I-20 if you are already studying in the U.S.
    • International students admitted through the N.U.in Program should read information provided here to learn more about their process for the Spring Semester.
  • You must provide a copy of the identity pass of your passport, and financial documentation indicating available funds equal to or exceeding the amount needed to attend Northeastern for at least a full academic year.
  • Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you need to apply for either a F-1 Student Visa or your J-1 Student Visa.
  • Upon your arrival in Boston, you will need to check-in with the Office of Global Services (OGS).

If you have any questions about your visa application process, you can contact the Office of Global Services (OGS).

By June 30, your final high school transcript must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in order to demonstrate completion of secondary education and to serve as proof of graduation.

Advanced Credit

You may be eligible for up to 32 advanced credits if you have completed any of the following examinations:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • GCE Advanced Level (A-Level)
  • French Baccalauréat
  • German Abitur
  • Swiss Maturität/Maturité/Maturità

See here for more information available through our Transfer Credit Database.

Advanced credit is not granted until the original certificate (or an official copy) from the examination board has been received and evaluated by Northeastern. Results from any AP exams should be sent directly from the College Board; our CEEB Code is: 3667. Results from any IB exams must be sent electronically from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

  • If your high school operates on a different schedule, you will be granted an extension and not penalized for the late arrival of your graduation certificate or final academic records.
  • If you were an IB Diploma candidate, Northeastern will require your official IB transcript sent electronically from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
  • If you are submitting national examination results as proof of graduation, such as the GCE A-Levels, they should be sent once results become available. You need to provide an original or certified copy of your official certificate once certificates become available.

All students have to register for New Student Orientation. International students will be required to attend the International Student Orientation.

April

May

  • Your enrollment deposit is due by May 1 if you were offered admission in Early Action or Regular Decision.
  • Parents and guardians can request access to the Parent/Guardian myNortheastern portal in order to access tuition bills and view transcripts once their student has activated their account.

June

  • Housing Assignments will be released in mid-June and continue throughout the Summer. Assignments are made and released in order of the enrollment deposit date.
  • All freshman living on-campus will be required to have a meal plan. Make adjustments to your meal plan through myNortheastern.
  • Beginning in mid-June, all international students with nonimmigrant student (F-1) status will receive information about your mandatory Office of Global Service (OGS) session.
  • New Student Orientation: will occur between June and August.
    • Before Orientation, you must:
      • Provide a photo for your Husky ID card.
      • Complete your Student Financial Responsibility Agreement which is available through your myNortheastern portal.
      • Complete Section 1 of your I-9 Employment Eligibility Form (which you can find in your myNortheastern portal) and bring along with you to Orientation if you’re interested in on-campus student employment.
    • Parent/Family Orientation will occur during New Student Orientation. If your parents/guardians need to find a nearby hotel, check here.
  • Beginning in late June, N.U.in students will participate in Pre-departure Orientation (PDO). Students will also participate in an on-site orientation when they arrive in their host country. A two-day New Student Orientation will welcome students back to the Boston campus in January.
  • Bills for the Fall Semester will be posted in mid-June for students who will begin through The N.U.in Program. Payment is due by mid-July. Contactyour counselor in Student Financial Services if you have any questions.

July

New Freshman and Transfers will receive bills for the Fall Semester in early July; payment is due by early August. Contact your counselor in Student Financial Services if you have any questions. Along with your first bill, you will receive information about the Northeastern University Student Health Plan (NUSHP), along with a waiver if you already have health insurance.

August

  • In mid-August, you will receive Move-In Instructions and information about arriving on-campus for the Fall Semester.
  • All international students will attend the New Student Orientation in late August, immediately preceding the Fall Semester.

September

Undergraduate classes begin in early September. You can check the academic calendar to find the first day of classes, as well as the schedule for breaks, holidays, and closures.

Support

Over 14,000 international students and scholars, from over 140 countries, study and conduct research at Northeastern, across the undergraduate and graduate programs in our schools and colleges, enriching the intellectual life on campus, and advancing cross-cultural understanding among faculty, students, and alumni.

We want you to feel as at home at Northeastern as you do in your home country. To that end, our university has many resources available to help you adjust to living and studying in the U.S.

Office of Global Services (OGS)

From admission to after graduation, Northeastern’s Office of Global Services (OGS) will be an active resource for our international students and their families.

In addition to issuing your Certificate of Eligibility and sponsoring all international students, OGS will assist with any international student-related issues, including SEVIS compliance and related federal regulations, ensuring you maintain your lawful student status. In addition to New Student Orientation, all international students must attend the International Student Check-In and Mandatory Clearance Session.

Once settled, work with your OGS advisors or Global Student Mentors to learn more about on-campus student employment and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Throughout the semester, you will be able to attend a wide variety of cross-cultural programs and events, meant to assist you during your transition to Northeastern, and meet your fellow classmates.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising will help you stay on track to meet your academic goals and take advantage of the wealth of resources available to you.

College of Arts, Media and Design Advising

 

University-wide Programs:

Explore Program for Undeclared Students

General Studies Program

Honors Program

The N.U.in Program

 

Global Experience Office (GEO)

GEO will help you study at renowned institutions and participate in dynamic co-op opportunities around the world.

 

Career Development Office

Choosing the right career means figuring out what your skills and interests are and the Career Development Office has the resources and tools to help you.

 

 Student Financial Services

To learn more about tuition and fees, and available financing options, contact Student Financial Services.

 

 University Health and Counseling Services

Here you will find access to care and medical services, behavioral health, as well as resources for you own health and wellness.