Making Northeastern Your Home

We are a truly global university. More than 7,000 international students, exchange visitors, and scholars from 126 countries study at Northeastern each year. 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 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 United States. Your well-being—academic, cultural, financial, personal, spiritual, and physical—is always our top priority.

All international students must submit all forms listed on the Enrollment Checklist as well as several forms specific to international students. All international students should log into myISSI 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.

Your nonrefundable enrollment deposit must be paid 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.

International Student And 
Scholar Institute (ISSI)
The staff will assist with international student-related issues, including SEVIS compliance and related federal regulations, ensuring that you maintain lawful student status. The ISSI issues visa-eligibility documents (forms I-20 and DS-2019), serves as a liaison for sponsored international students, and coordinates seminars on topics that range from employment and co-op to intercultural issues.

The ISSI will be an essential resource for you. It organizes and supports a wide variety of cross-cultural programs that recognize and celebrate our diverse body of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The result is a true home-away-from-home experience for you and our entire community.

Whether you are looking to meet others from your corner of the world, are seeking advice on acculturation, or need help navigating an immigration issue, you will find passionate staff members and a world of friends to assist you.

At the beginning of each semester, ISSI offers several weeks of events and activities designed to assist you with transitioning from your home culture into the United States and the Northeastern University community. These programs include pre-advising sessions, International Student Check-In, additional English language evaluation, and assistance with immigration issues.

You will also have many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates, learn from each other’s experiences, get help settling in, and learn about the culture and history of Northeastern, Boston, and the United States.

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

For more information about ISSI International Student Check-In, living in Boston, or living on campus, visit the ISSI website.

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.

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