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. 


Seven global N.U.in locations in six countries for Fall 2019: Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; London, England; Montreal, Canada;  Thessaloniki, Greece; Dublin, Ireland; Rome, Italy

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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.


N.U. Bound

N.U. Bound is a first-year college program, featuring two semesters of classroom work and a two-week summer bridge for non-US citizens, providing rigorous academics and acculturation support to ensure a smooth transition to Northeastern University’s residential campus in Boston. The fall and spring academic terms are delivered in the city of Suzhou, China and offer a total of 33-34 university credits. The final phase of N.U. Bound is a two-week pre-matriculation program delivered at Northeastern University’s main campus in Boston that consists of transitional activities designed to support a smooth matriculation into the student’s second year of study.  N.U. Bound is a premier Northeastern University program, partnering with the China Institute in Suzhou, China.

Through N.U. Bound, students will earn up to 34 semester hours of credit, refine academic language skills in an English-speaking classroom environment, and receive support for cultural acclimatization. This will allow highly capable students to further ensure their own success as they transition to college-level academics and to a residential college experience in the United States.



N.U. Immerse

N.U. 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.

N.U. 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 N.U. 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, N.U. Immerse is your opportunity to jump into American college life. Throughout your time in N.U. 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

Designed for recent high school graduates and GED completers in the city of Boston, Foundation Year integrates rigorous academics with student support services to create an environment where you can be successful in your first year of college.

As a Foundation Year student, you will be enrolled in Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies and take rigorous freshman level courses in English, sociology, mathematics, and history. You can focus your studies by choosing electives in a business, science, or liberal arts track. In all, you can earn 43 quarter hours of credit—the equivalent of one year of college credit. Upon successful completion you’ll have the opportunity to transition to a degree program at the institution of your choice.



Built on Northeastern’s legacy and leadership in experiential education, and its commitment to instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in its students, ContiNUe is an innovative, year-long academic program for talented first-year students. With a focus on preparing our students to be leaders, ContiNUe teaches students transferrable skills such a problem-solving, decision-making, and the “game-changer” mindset. Through ContiNUe, students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, current students, and the Northeastern network through an immersive entrepreneurial experience.