NU Immerse is a distinctive first-year university experience for international students who are looking for an advanced English language program built on a foundation of rigorous academics.

Throughout NU Immerse, you will benefit from robust academics and acculturation support. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to fully matriculate into your chosen degree program of study, enriched from your experience.


Why NU Immerse?

NU Immerse is a transitional experience for international students, offering advanced English language preparation and an introduction to American college culture. This immersive program is an excellent start to your American university studies and provides a comprehensive academic and cultural experience designed to help you succeed at Northeastern University and improve your English language skills.

For the highly motivated international student—NU Immerse is your opportunity to jump into the flow of American college life while exposing you to an environment that will enable you to develop your academic skills, strengthen your résumé, and prepare you for a successful transition to Northeastern. Throughout your time in NU Immerse, you will benefit from support every step of the way, provided by an individually assigned academic advisor.


Life in Boston

Northeastern’s vibrant campus is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary of lush green spaces and tree-lined pathways located right in the heart of Boston. It truly is a campus within a city.

As an NU Immerse student, you will live in Northeastern residence halls, have complete access to campus and all of its facilities and amenities, and be able to participate in any of the 400+ student organizations. You will have access to on-site support with academics as you grow and develop throughout the program, as well as a team of Global Student Ambassadors who will introduce you to all the amazing experiences Northeastern and Boston have to offer. Staff members will work to accommodate your academic and co-curricular needs as you prepare for your university experience.


Program Information and Requirements

This two-semester program begins in the fall, and all courses are taught by Northeastern faculty on our Boston campus. Upon successful completion of the program, you will continue on to your degree program at Northeastern the following fall.

  • Students may earn between 20-24 credits, depending upon English language proficiency level.
  • If you have AP or IB credits from high school, we will work with you to develop an appropriate course schedule.
  • All NU Immerse participants are guaranteed university-sponsored housing for the duration of the NU Immerse program.
  • Your admission to your degree program at Northeastern is guaranteed provided you meet the following requirements and complete the program:
    • 3.0 GPA in academic coursework
    • 3.0 GPA in English coursework
    • For the fall term, earn a C or better in all courses
    • For the spring term, earn a B- or better in all courses

The estimated tuition for the two-semester NU Immerse program is $41,400. The estimated cost of room and board for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms of NU Immerse is $16,758. Student Financial Services is available for questions about the financial planning process. You may find your Student Financial Services counselor here.


NU Immerse Faculty and Staff

Faculty Feature: Dr. Lucy Bunning

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Lucy is an assistant teaching professor in the NU Immerse and Global Pathways Programs at Northeastern University. She teaches English and service-learning courses for international students, develops curriculum, and conducts classroom-based research. Her research interests include intercultural communication and language learning through service-learning. Her practice-oriented presentations and publications support educators who work with linguistically and culturally diverse communities. She earned her PhD in educational studies at Lesley University and has taught English for speakers of other languages in community, private, and university-based programs in the United States, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Faculty Feature: Dr. Ilka Kostka

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Ilka is an associate teaching professor in the NU Immerse and Global Pathways Programs in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University, where she teaches English to international students. Her research and pedagogical interests include source use in academic writing, technology in language teaching and learning, and service-learning with international students. She is an active member of TESOL International Association as managing co-editor of SLW News, the official newsletter of the Second Language Writing Interest Section. She is also a member of the Editorial Review Boards of TESOL Journal and The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language. She completed her PhD in bilingual education at New York University and has taught in the United States and in China.

Faculty Feature: Dr. Veronika Maliborska

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Dr. Maliborska is an assistant teaching professor in the NU Immerse and Global Pathways Programs. Her research interests include second language writing, the learning potential of writing, and teaching pronunciation, prosody, and vocabulary to international teaching assistants. Her recent research focused on the pedagogical potential of individual conferences in a composition course for international students. She is a member of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and the American Association for Applied Linguistics, where she presents her research findings.

Previously, Dr. Maliboska was a graduate instructor in the English department at Purdue University. She taught writing courses in the ESL Writing and ICaP programs; worked as an instructor, tutor, and rater in the Oral English Proficiency Program, preparing international graduate students from various majors to become teaching assistants; and developed ESL content for the Purdue OWL website. She was also an instructor at the EF Englishtown’s online English program and a graduate instructor and writing tutor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Faculty Feature: Dr. Edward H. Miller

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Edward H. “Ted” Miller is associate teaching professor at NU Global in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He is a historian of American politics, political culture, and capitalism. His first book, “Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy” (University of Chicago Press, 2015) argues that while the first scholars of American conservatism wrote off the far right as paranoid and suffering from status anxiety, and more recent scholarship writes them out in favor of emphasizing moderate conservatives, ultraconservatives played a vital role in the development of the modern GOP. Dr. Miller has published articles in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Cities in American Political History. He is currently at work on his second book, “Sugar Daddy: A Life of Robert H. W. Welch” about the founder of the John Birch Society.

Faculty Feature: Dr. Balazs Szelenyi

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Balazs Szelenyi received his PhD from UCLA in 1998 and teaches classes on philosophy, globalization, sociology and history for Northeastern University. His first major area of research was on urban history and urban development. Based on that research he published his first book, “The Failure of the Central European Bourgeoisie” (2006) and an article on the dynamics of urban development in the early modern period in the American Historical Review. His second area of research was on the origins and causes of genocide, for which he received fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Commission, and the German Marshal Fund.

In 2003 he was named a Fulbright New Century Scholar for his research on genocide and the Holocaust. He has published articles in the academic journals Past and Present, Theory and Society, Social History, and the Austrian History Yearbook. Balazs has also co-edited a book called “Cores, Peripheries and Globalization” (2011). Currently Balazs is finishing his book on the Holocaust called “From Minority to Übermensch”, and he is developing a new interest in the impact of technology on society and the moral dilemmas involved in the evolution of transhumanism.

Faculty Feature: Dr. Erik Voss

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Erik Voss is an associate teaching professor in the NU Immerse and Global Pathways Programs. His research interests include CALL, multimedia for language learning and testing and language testing and technology. Dr. Voss’s work has been published in numerous conference proceedings and in the journal Corpora. He has served as webmaster for the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and secretary of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT).

Previously, Dr. Voss worked at Iowa State University as an assessment coordinator for the Intensive English and Orientation Program and as a SPEAK/TEACH rater and instructor in the Speaking Skills for International Teaching Assistants. He also was an instructor in the Wuhan Summer Intensive English Program in China in collaboration with Ohio State University. Dr. Voss served on the adjunct faculty at Hawaii Pacific University and Rockford College, and he was a visiting instructor at the Chinese People’s Public Security University in Beijing, China as well as Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Staff Feature: Vincent Capone

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Vincent Capone is an academic advisor for the NU Immerse Program. He assists students throughout the program with their transition to Northeastern’s campus, coursework, and long-term goal setting and planning. He encourages students to explore Northeastern’s student organizations, attend NU Immerse-led events and excursions, and explore the many degree programs available to undergraduate students at the university. Vincent earned his master’s degree in history with his research focusing on modern Chinese history. He’s worked for four years teaching English as a foreign language both in Boston and abroad in Beijing, China.

Staff Feature: Stephanie Frazitta

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Stephanie Frazitta is the assistant director for academic advising of the NU Immerse Program. She oversees the development and implementation of academic advising services to assist NU Immerse students throughout the program. She also manages a caseload of students, assisting with transition to Northeastern’s campus, management of academic expectations, utilization of resources, and long-term goal setting and planning. In addition, she teaches Community Learning 1 and 2 for the NU Immerse program, which focuses on integrating students in the Northeastern and Boston communities. Stephanie earned her master’s degree in school counseling and has worked in the academic advising field for over ten years.

Staff Feature: Dr. Beth A. Smith

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Dr. Beth Smith is the director of Boston-based Pathway Programs at Northeastern University. In her role, she oversees advising and programming of both NU Immerse and Global Pathways. She works closely with faculty and staff to ensure connectivity between program curriculum, advising, and co-curricular activities. Beth completed her master’s degree in international law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and she received her doctoral degree in international higher education administration from Northeastern University. Her research focused on the transition of Chinese students to American higher education through an extended summer bridge program. Beth also teaches in the Global Studies and International Affairs program within the College of Professional Studies and has led sections of NU Immerse discussion groups.

Staff Feature: Jeff Yu

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Jeff is orientation and student event manager of NU Immerse Program. He supervises a team of Global Student Ambassadors who support the transition experience to Northeastern University and Boston. He also coordinates an array of social events to assist international students to bridge the cultural difference in the U.S. Jeff earned his master’s of education, higher education at Merrimack College. He is also a Northeastern alum. Jeff has a great deal of experience and knowledge helping and supporting international students deal with transitional challenges. Jeff is excited to meet all future NU Immerse students at orientation.


Academics and FAQs

During the fall term, NU Immerse students will embark on one of two academic pathways. Please note that this coursework may vary between students depending on the amount of advanced credit earned.

Track One Courses Track Two Courses
– Advanced Reading and Writing – Advanced Reading and Writing
– Advanced Listening and Speaking – Sociology of Boston
– Sociology of Boston – Community Learning I
– Community Learning I
– 1 Elective Course (varies by major) – 2 Elective Courses (varies by major)
— Intro to American Government — Intro to American Government
— Intro to Philosophy — Intro to Philosophy
— Microeconomics — Microeconomics
— Pre-Calculus or Calculus — Pre-Calculus or Calculus
— Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering — Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering

During the spring term, you will continue to complete coursework, now focusing on your program of study. Please note that this coursework may vary between students depending on the amount of advanced credit earned.

Business and Economics Engineering, Math, and Science Humanities and Social Sciences
– Critical Writing – Critical Writing – Critical Writing
– Community Learning II – Community Learning II – Community Learning II
– Professional Speaking – Professional Speaking – Professional Speaking
Plus two of the following courses:
– Technology and Human Values – Technology and Human Values – Technology and Human Values
– Intro to US History – Intro to US History – Intro to US History
– Music of the USA – Music of the USA – Music of the USA
– Microeconomics – Microeconomics – Microeconomics
– Calculus I for Business + Econ – Calculus I OR Calculus II for Science + Engineering – Principles of Macroeconomics
– Principles of Macroeconomics

  • Why was I admitted to NU Immerse?
    • You meet the general admissions and degree-specific requirements, but your English proficiency was not sufficient enough to be admitted in a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate program at Northeastern. However, the Admissions Committee was impressed by your intellectual curiosity and believes that you have the academic and personal accomplishments to be successful in the undergraduate program. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you conditional admission to Northeastern University based on successful completion of NU Immerse.
  • What are the costs associated with NU Immerse?
    • To enroll, you will be required to pay a one-time, non-refundable enrollment deposit of $600 by May 1, 2019. The estimated cost of tuition and fees for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms of NU Immerse is $41,400. NU Immerse offers guaranteed university-sponsored housing for any students interested. The non-refundable housing deposit of $400 is due by May 1, 2019. The estimated cost of room and board for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms of NU Immerse is $16,758.
  • What courses will I be taking while in NU Immerse?
    • Offered through Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, you will enroll in a combination of English and academic coursework. Academic schedules will vary by student, dependent on your chosen program of study and any advanced standing credits earned.
  • How are NU Immerse students supported by Northeastern?
    • As an NU Immerse student, you will have access to the wealth of resources offered at Northeastern, including academic advising, tutoring, and student support services. You will have a dedicated academic advisor helping you throughout the program and beyond your transition to full time undergraduate study. Additionally, you are encouraged to take advantage of all university facilities such as the Marino Center and become involved in campus organizations and events.
  • Is housing available for NU Immerse students?
    • Yes. University-sponsored housing is guaranteed for all NU Immerse students. To reserve your place in university-sponsored housing, you must submit a non-refundable housing deposit of $400 by May 1, 2019.
  • Will the credits I earn through NU Immerse transfer?
    • Yes. You will earn 20-24 credits through NU Immerse which will transfer fully to your program of study.
  • Is N.U. Immerse a full-time program and will I receive an I-20?
    • Yes. NU Immerse is a full-time language program. Once you submit your enrollment deposit, you can request your I-20 and apply for your F-1 student visa.

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