In order to provide a comprehensive introduction and overview of The N.U.in Program, the locations abroad, and Northeastern’s Boston campus, orientation is offered in three separate sessions: Pre-departure Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in July, on-site orientation once students have arrived in their host countries, and New Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in January.

For more information on the on-site orientations upon arrival in the N.U.in locations, please see the “On-Site Orientation” section for your specific program. More information on New Student Orientation will be available on the Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs website.

Pre-departure Orientation

During Pre-departure Orientation (PDO), you will spend two days on the Boston campus in July participating in a program designed to introduce you to N.U.in policies and procedures, increase your familiarity with the N.U.in locations, and meet your fellow N.U.in students and N.U.in staff. Workshops and sessions include culture acclimation, safety and security while studying abroad, N.U.in policies, academic advising, goal-setting, and team-building. You will stay overnight in a freshman residence hall and get your first taste of life on Northeastern’s campus. Towels, bedding, and meals are all provided for N.U.in students.

Dates for Fall 2016 Pre-departure Orientation sessions are below. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

  • Pre-departure Orientation I: July 8-9, 2016
  • Pre-departure Orientation II: July 11-12, 2016

Students will register for their preferred session with the exception of N.U.in Australia: USYD participants. Due to the dates of this program, N.U.in Australia: USYD students will attend PDO I (July 8-9). Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis.

*PDO is mandatory for all U.S. citizens. Due to U.S. visa regulations, international students are not required to attend this on-campus orientation program. International students will receive all necessary information through our website and via email.


Please click on the links below to view electronic versions of our location-specific handbooks.