All courses taken abroad must have an NU course equivalent. If a course comes back as “no transfer,” this means that the course has already been reviewed by an NU faculty evaluator and they have determined that the course will not transfer back to NU for credit.

For every course equivalency, the NU course will hold the same amount of credit as assigned in the Northeastern University Catalog and will be represented on the students NU records as such. If this course is an elective (x990) it will hold 4 credits.

Students should maintain a full-time status at the host institution to ensure that they receive full-time credit at Northeastern.

  • Depending on the program, you may be required to enroll in and complete 5 or more courses. You will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.
  • Should you decide to transfer back a 5th course, you will then be charged an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar.
  • If you elect to take an additional 5th non-required course and do not transfer back the credits, you will be financially responsible for the additional fees charged by the host institution or program provider. Please note that you may not see these charges on your student account until after you return and your credits have transferred back.

For every course equivalency, the NU course credit amount will be determined by the credit conversion ratio for each specific international institution. Students should maintain a fulltime status at the host institution to ensure that they receive fulltime credit at Northeastern. Please note that courses that are deemed “no transfer” will not factor into this full time credit load. Students should refer to the specific GEO program page and term for information on required credit loads and conversions.

Example 1: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Spain

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.5 (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: Northeastern)
  • Students need to take 30 ECTS credits per semester at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid to be full time
  • Courses are typically 3 or 6 ECTS credits at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • A 3 ECTS credit course will come in as 1.5 NU credits, and a 6 ECTS credit course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • If a student takes 30 ECTS credits abroad, they will receive 15 NU credits

Example 2: University of Edinburgh – Scotland

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.2667 (University of Edinburgh: Northeastern)
  • Students need to take 60 credits per semester at University of Edinburgh to be full time
  • Courses are typically 10 or 20 credits at University of Edinburgh
  • A 10 credit University of Edinburgh course will come is as 2.667 NU credits, and a 20 credit University of Edinburgh course will come in as 5.334 NU credits
  • If a student takes 60 University of Edinburgh credits abroad, they will receive 16 NU credits