What is The N.U.in Program?

The N.U.in Program is a unique first-year program that offers the opportunity for a select group of applicants to begin their Northeastern experience abroad during the fall semester and then to matriculate to the Boston campus in January. Students study abroad with other Northeastern first-year students and earn a full semester of academic credit, and at the same time, they’re diving into experiential education through this unique global opportunity. N.U.in students spend their first semester studying at one of our international locations and then transition back to Boston to continue their studies on the Northeastern campus in the spring.

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Why was I admitted to The N.U.in Program?

Northeastern receives over 50,000 applications for approximately 2,800 seats in the entering class. The N.U.in Program offers well-qualified applicants to whom we were not able to offer admission in the fall, the opportunity to join our community and begin their time at Northeastern with experiential education. All applications are evaluated holistically and individually to assess a diversity of factors. Students admitted to The N.U.in Program demonstrated qualities within their applications that makes them a good fit for both the program, as well as Northeastern as a whole.

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Can I change my admission decision to enter in the fall or defer my admission and begin classes in the spring without going abroad?

When applying to Northeastern, applicants can expect to hear one of four decisions:

  • Accept for the fall semester
  • Accept to The N.U.in Program
  • Waitlist
  • Deny

Students offered admission to The N.U.in Program are reviewed with the same applicant pool as the fall, and all admissions decisions cannot be changed. Students admitted to The N.U.in Program cannot be reconsidered for entry in the fall and cannot be added to the fall waitlist. In addition, students who decline their fall N.U.in admission are not eligible for Spring enrollment.

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How do I choose an N.U.in location?

Students may attend locations that are academically compatible with their major and age. Capacity at each location is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Please start here to explore the N.U.in location appropriate for you.

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Can I choose a location that is not compatible with my college or major?

The N.U.in curriculum at each host institution is carefully evaluated and chosen to align with specific majors, and as such, students cannot choose a location that is not compatible with their college or major. The courses taken at our host institutions are comparable to those that fall-admit students take at Northeastern so that when N.U.in students arrive to campus in the spring, they will be on track to continue within their chosen majors. 

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Do I need to know a foreign language?

No. All classes, with the exception of language courses in Greece, are held in English. 

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Enrollment & Finances

How much does The N.U.in Program cost, and what is included in the program fee?  

Fall 2015 program fees are $32,495. Please note that the Fall 2015 N.U.in Program tuition and fees are estimates that are subject to Board of Trustee approval. The program fees for all of our locations will include:

  • Tuition for 17 credits
  • Housing
  • Dedicated 24/7 support staff
  • Group flight fare and coordination
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-site Orientation
  • Group excursions
  • N.U.in-organized activities
  • Service learning coordination and management
  • Transition activities and management

Some sites may have additional inclusions.

For information about financial aid for the spring semester, please contact Student Financial Services.

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How can I pay my bill, and what payment options are available to pay The N.U.in Program fee?

The program fee must be paid in full, or a payment plan must be in place, before students depart for their N.U.in locations. Click here to learn how to pay bills and for more information regarding payment plans.

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Am I eligible for financial aid during the fall N.U.in semester?

Students can view their financial aid package through the Application Status Check site where they also found their admission letter. Because The N.U.in Program is a pre-matriculation program, only need-based Northeastern grants can be applied to the fall N.U.in semester. All other federal loans, grants, and work study funds can be applied to future semesters, beginning in the spring.

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What types of courses do N.U.in students take?

Students take a course specific to the host-country and its culture, the one-credit Global Experience course in conjunction with Service-Learning, as well as courses that fulfill NU Core and/or major requirements. For more detailed information on courses, please visit the “Academics” pages for each location.

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Will students who participate in The N.U.in Program graduate on time?

At Northeastern, students create their own academic paths, with most graduating in either 4 or 5 years. The most popular tracks are as follows:

  • 5 years with 1, 2, or 3 co-op rotations
  • 4 years with 1 or 2 co-op rotations

Students who begin their studies with N.U.in have the same options, and are able to create their own, unique paths to graduation. Based upon the choices they make, students may graduate in 4 or 5 years. Those particularly interested in a 4-year model may want to explore the option of NU Term, a summer semester of classes for rising Sophomores at Northeastern.

Undeclared students tend to have flexible schedules and work closely with their academic advisers to determine the best progression track based upon interests. Undeclared students are urged to think carefully about where their primary academic interest lies before selecting an N.U.in location, so that they will begin with a strong base of prerequisites before progressing at Northeastern in the spring.

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Why is there a Service-Learning requirement for N.U.in students?

The main aim of The Global Experience course and Service-Learning requirement is to help participants prepare for, gain from and reflect upon their term abroad as a profound global experience. By actively engaging in the local community, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the local language, history, and culture. Many students who visit a Service-Learning site regularly find that they build relationships with the local people with whom they work alongside.

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Health & Safety

Do students need health insurance while abroad?

Yes. Students are required to have international health insurance coverage while abroad. Please see the “Health & Safety” pages under each location for more information.

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What happens if there is a medical or health emergency while students are abroad?

The N.U.in site staff that accompanies students abroad is fully trained and prepared to handle any emergency that may arise. Our partner institutions have assisted with setting up relationships with local hospitals nearby, and staff are aware of all safety protocols. There is a duty phone number that students can call 24/7 to reach a staff member should an emergency situation present itself. Boston staff also have an emergency phone and are kept aware of any situations occuring at the locations abroad. Parents are typically notified either by their students or staff of emergencies.

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Orientation & Northeastern Academics

Will there be an orientation for students before they go abroad and when they return to campus? 

Yes. Participants attend a Pre-departure Orientation during the summer, an On-site Orientation once they arrive at their N.U.in locations, and finally Spring New Student Orientation upon arriving to Boston for the spring semester. Students receive more information about the spring orientation via email in mid-October.

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What is NUterm and, as an N.U.in student, can I take advantange?

NUterm is the period of May-June (Summer 1) after a student's freshman year. During NUterm - a term designed specifically  for rising sophomores - students have the opportunity to earn 8 credits towards their degree. NUterm offerings include project-based classes on campus and Dialogues of Civilization courses abroad. NUterm is a way for Northeastern students to maximize their time-to-degree options. N.U.in students are welcome to take part of the NUterm during the summer after their freshman year.

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How are students supported when they are abroad?

The N.U.in Program provides a comprehensive 24/7 staff to support students while they are abroad. View a description of each staff position >> 

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Are students allowed to travel in country and internationally while at their N.U.in locations? 

Yes. Students must fill out a Program Deviation Form whenever they leave the city.  View our Policies section for more information >>

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Can parents visit students while they are abroad?

Parents are always welcome to visit their students! We recommend waiting until students arrive and receive their course schedules for the semester so that both parties can consider when the best time to visit may be, based on coursework and break dates.

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Transition to Boston

Where do students live when they arrive on campus for the spring semester?

All N.U.in students are guaranteed on-campus housing in the spring. During the fall semester, while they are abroad, students are prompted to fill out a housing survey, and once submitted, our Department of Housing and Residential Life does their best to place students in housing according to their preferences. Students are placed in either freshman residence halls or apartment-style accommodations depending upon availability.

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Are N.U.in students at a social disadvantage when they arrive on campus in January?

Northeastern's campus is transitional in nature, meaning students are constantly coming and going, either for co-ops, both domestic and abroad, study abroad semesters, or other experiential learning opportunities. The N.U.in Program fits in perfectly with this culture, and students are not at a disadvantage by entering in January. Due to this constant movement on campus, there is always a Spring New Student Orientation, a full student activities fair, and Welcome Week activities offered each January for all incoming students. The N.U.in Progarm also holds a welcome event for N.U.in students, and former parents have commented that arriving to campus can be likened to a reunion, as students are excited to see each other after forming such close friendships while abroad. 

Additionally, The N.U.in Program has full time Transition Managers who work to assist students in their transition to campus, providing opportunities to meet new students and feel comfortable while they adjust to the Boston campus environment.

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