Course policies are put in place to ensure that the courses you are taking abroad count towards your degree here at Northeastern University and adhere to Northeastern’s college and university guidelines.

All questions about major/minor course policies should be directed to your Academic Advisor.

Business Courses

BUSINESS MAJORS
  • Only 25% of a concentration (1 course) may be taken abroad. You must also have taken the appropriate NU pre-requisite(s) in addition to any prerequisite(s) required by the host institution.
  • ORGB3201 and STRT4501 may not be taken abroad.
BUSINESS MINORS
  • Business minors may take 1 course toward the minor abroad. You must also have taken the appropriate NU pre-requisite(s) in addition to any pre-requisite(s) required by the host institution.
  • Does not apply to the interdisciplinary minors: Emerging Markets, Global Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Business Practices. These interdisciplinary minors may take 1 additional course abroad (from elective list) with approval from DMSB advisor.
NON-BUSINESS MAJORS
  • Non-business majors may take business classes abroad with pre-approval from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and should check with their Academic Advisor to ensure they have open electives in their curriculum. Pre-approval will only be granted:
    • If you meet the appropriate NU pre-requisite(s) as well as any pre-requisite(s) required by the host institution.

ECONOMICS COURSES

ECONOMICS MAJORS AND ECONOMICS COMBINED MAJORS
  • Cannot take the following courses abroad:
    • FOR THE BS DEGREE:
      • ECON 1115
      • ECON 1116
      • ECON 2315
      • ECON 2316
      • ECON 2350
      • ECON 3560
    • FOR THE BA DEGREE:
      • ECON 1115
      • ECON 1116
      • ECON 2315
      • ECON 2316
      • ECON 2350
      • ECON 3520

If you feel that an evaluated course abroad could fulfill a different degree requirement than what it is currently evaluated as, please work with your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor may be able to work with you and the department to have this Northeastern course equivalent fulfill a different degree requirement. GEO cannot have a course re-evaluated in the database unless the course evaluation is older than 5 years or there is a new course syllabus.

For students who entered Northeastern prior to Fall 2016, studying abroad will satisfy Northeastern University’s Comparative Study of Cultures Core 2007 requirement. NUPath requirements for students who entered Fall 2016 or later are associated with specific Northeastern courses. Refer to the Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database to view the NUpath requirements on a study abroad evaluated course. A student can also petition for NUpath requirements to be added to a specific study abroad evaluated course; refer to the NUpath website to see the learning goal requirements for each attribute, and the Registrar’s website for the petition process. Please work through this process with your Academic Advisor.

All of the courses taken abroad will transfer back to Northeastern University with a letter grade and will be factored into your GPA. You may designate one course per semester to have a pass/fail grade on your NU records as long as it follows the requirements below:

  • Any course, which counts toward your major, minor, or core requirements, cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • Please refer to the Northeastern University Catalog regarding Pass/Fail requirements within your major and confirm your course plan with your academic advisor.

If you choose to request to take an elective course pass/fail, you must email studyabroadcourses@neu.edu with the course name and number within two weeks of your program start date. You cannot change a course to pass/fail once this date has passed.

Students are advised to take all host institution courses as letter/number grades and follow the above policy if they would like one course to be represented as pass/fail on their NU records.

If the host institutions only mode of grading for the course is pass/fail, then a pass/fail grade will be reflected on the NU transcript.

All of the courses taken abroad will transfer back to Northeastern University with a letter grade and will be factored into your GPA. If you would like to take a course pass/fail, you must adhere to the host institution’s course policies and make any pass/fail requests through the host institution. Any courses taken for a pass/fail grade abroad and represented as such on an official host institution transcript will transfer into Northeastern as a pass (S) or fail (U) grade.

Please note, any course that transfers into Northeastern as a pass/fail grade must follow the requirement below:

  • Any course, which counts toward your major, minor, or core requirements, cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • Please refer to the Northeastern University Catalog regarding Pass/Fail requirements within your major and confirm your course plan with your academic advisor.