Preparing to travel to Boston and begin your studies at Northeastern University is exciting, and you have many things to do in preparation for both. When you plan carefully, your travels and arrival in Boston should go smoothly. Here are some of the key things you should do in preparation.

  • Obtain your F-1 or J-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. An interview is required so request an appointment early. More information on the application process is available in this section of the site.
  • If you are a transfer student currently studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa, obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 from Northeastern and a transfer form at
  • Understand the medical insurance requirements and purchase health insurance coverage if you are not already covered by a policy that meets Massachusetts state requirements.
  • Make sure you received the NU Health Report Form in your admissions packet. Have your doctor sign the form and make sure you have received all of the immunizations listed on the form. If you have any questions, contact the University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS)
  • Determine how much money you will need for tuition, fees, and living costs. Plan how you will access funds while you are in Boston.
  • Make your travel arrangement with your program start date in mind. Then let us know your arrival plans.
  • Leave copies of your important documents with your family at home (passport number, insurance policy, travelers check numbers, etc.)
  • Packing
    • Please refer to the ISSI's Packing Suggestions document below for an overview of items you should consider when preparing for your move to Boston