Northeastern University hosts over 7,500 international students, exchange visitors, and scholars from 140 different nations across the world. As a valued member of our global community, you enrich the intellectual life on our campus and advance cross-cultural understanding among faculty, students, and alumni. We have many resources available to help you adjust to living and studying in the United States.

International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI)

The ISSI offers a variety of programs that recognize and celebrate the dynamic interplay of backgrounds and perspectives reflected in our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and neighbors from surrounding communities. As an international student seeking advice on immigration regulations or acculturation, you’ll find a passionate staff and a world of friends ready to help with any aspect of your cross-cultural journey.

ISSI Orientation

ISSI offers several weeks of events and activities designed to assist students with diverse international background who are transitioning from their home culture into the Northeastern University community. You will have many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates, learn from one another’s experiences, find assistance, get settled, and learn about the culture and history of the United States. U.S. citizens who are re-integrating into American culture are encouraged to take advantage of various social activities and programs offered by ISSI.

Please note: It is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students to attend New Student Orientation in addition to the comprehensive ISSI International Student Check-In program.


All international students must log into myISSI at to submit a request
for the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility for F-1or J-1 Student Status (Form I-20 /DS-2019) along
with all the required supporting documents:

  • Financial documentation indicating availability of funds equal to or exceeding the amount needed to attend Northeastern and pay for living expenses for at least a full academic year.
  • A copy of the identity page of your passport
  • In addition, all international students who are currently studying within the United States, but who now intend to enroll at Northeastern, must also submit a complete Transfer-In Verification Form for students in F-1 or J-1 status. The form is available at myISSI.

myISSI will guide you through every step of the process needed to request your Form I-20 or DS-2019 in order to either obtain or maintain your international student status.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! If you have questions about enrolling at Northeastern, please contact the International Admissions team at

American Classroom Program

The American Classroom Program offers conditional admission to target graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and will provide guidance and mentoring every step of the way. If you have been admitted into the American Classroom Program, you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills, advance your academic skills, and gain an understanding of the American education system all while taking academic courses.

Your nonrefundable enrollment deposit must be paid by May 1, 2014 to reserve a place at Northeastern. Your enrollment deposit includes the $250 international student fee, which covers a variety of services and programs to support international student life on campus.