Specialized Entry Programs


The N.U.in Program

The N.U.in Program is a first-year global experience, rooted in Northeastern’s core belief that students should be engaged citizens of the world. N.U.in students begin their studies overseas and transition to the Boston campus in January for the second semester.

The N.U.in Program provides a truly transformative experience for students who are ready for the challenge. As a result of their time abroad, N.U.in alumni are adventurous, bold, ambitious, intellectually curious, reflective, and independent individuals who engage in their own learning. They share a passion for the world and thrive in their community.

N.U.in students are well prepared for translating their knowledge into marketable assets throughout college and in the future. N.U.in students have their own N.U.in Orientation program in the summer months to prepare them for their time abroad. They spend their first semester studying at one of our international locations. They then attend New Student Orientation in January before they transition back to Boston to continue their studies on the Northeastern University campus.

Inside N.U.in Information Sessions

Students admitted to The N.U.in Program are invited to learn more about this exciting opportunity at one of our Inside N.U.in Information Sessions, held during the last week in March and throughout April. Students will be able to learn more about each location, hear from N.U.in alumni, and speak to N.U.in staff.

Students invited to join the program will receive notification in their admission letter.


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General Studies Program

General Studies is a freshman year program designed to help you find academic success in your freshman year and beyond. It is a small program (approximately 180 students). As a General Studies student, you’ll spend your freshman year immersed in a combination of first-year requirements, NU core courses, and introductory courses for your intended major. If you’re unsure of what you would like to major in, we will help you define your search and reach your goals. Most General Studies students take five courses, equaling 17 credit hours, each semester.


NU Bound

NU Bound is a first-year program for international students which provides a pathway to transfer to Northeastern for your sophomore year. Through NU Bound, you will spend your fall and spring semester in one of the world’s most influential global cities, completing 30 semester hours of credit.

You will study in an academically rigorous college environment which is decidedly American, allowing you to acclimate to college life and preparing you to eventually ease into your academic and social life on Northeastern’s Boston campus upon your successful completion of the program.


NU Immerse

NU Immerse is an innovative transitional experience for international students who are looking for advanced English language preparation and an introduction to the American education system and college culture.

NU Immerse offers conditional admission to target undergraduate degree programs, and will provide guidance and mentoring every step of the way. If you have been admitted into NU Immerse, you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills, advance your academic skills, and gain an understanding of the American education system all while taking academic courses.

For the highly motivated international student, NU Immerse is your opportunity to jump into American college life. Throughout your time in NU Immerse, you will benefit from individual academic advising and support services. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be enriched from your exposure to college academics and prepared for a degree program.

Foundation Year

For the past ten years, Foundation Year has provided an academically rigorous and supportive first year college experience that prepared Boston students to be successful at any college or university. Upon completion of Foundation year, most students transferred to other colleges and universities. Foundation Year is now providing an even greater opportunity for students who live in Boston by enabling you to start and finish your degree at Northeastern University.

Foundation Year integrates rigorous academics with student support services to create an environment where you can be successful for your entire Northeastern college experience. Students who successfully complete Foundation Year will matriculate into a degree program at Northeastern through one of two pathways: through Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) or through one of Northeastern’s seven undergraduate day colleges by meeting academic standards.