N.U. 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 the N.U. Immerse program, 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 N.U. Immerse?

N.U. Immerse is a transitional experience for international students, offering advanced English language preparation and an introduction to the American education system and 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—N.U. 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 professional skills, strengthen your résumé, and prepare for a successful transition to Northeastern. Throughout your time in N.U. Immerse, you will benefit from support every step of the way, provided by an individually assigned Student Support Specialist.

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 N.U. 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 the on-site Office of Student Life as a source of support as you grow and develop throughout the program, and a team of Global Student Ambassadors who will introduce you to all the amazing experiences Northeastern and Boston have to offer. Staff members in the Office of Student Life will work to accommodate your academic and co-curricular needs as you prepare for your first American university experience.



Program Information and Requirements

This year-long, two-semester program begins in the fall, and all courses are taught by Northeastern faculty at 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, you may be able to select from alternative classes
  • All N.U. Immerse participants are guaranteed Northeastern University housing for the duration of the N.U. Immerse program
  • Your admission is guaranteed provided you meet the following requirements and complete the program:
    • 3.0 GPA in Academic Coursework3.0 GPA in English CourseworkB- or better in all courses.

Tuition for the N.U. Immerse program is $40,000 ($20,000 per semester) not including housing. Student Financial Services is available for questions about the financial planning process, you may find your Student Financial Services counselor here.

N.U. Immerse Faculty and Staff

Faculty Feature: Dr. Veronika Maliborska


Dr. Maliborska is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Global Pathways and American Classroom 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 the 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, where she taught writing courses in the ESL Writing and ICaP programs, worked as an instructor, tutor, and rater in the Oral English Proficiency Program, where she prepared international graduate students from various majors to become teaching assistants, and developed ESL content for the Purdue OWL website. She also was an instructor at the EF Englishtown’s online English program and a graduate instructor and writing tutor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Faculty Feature: Lucy Bunning


Lucy is an assistant teaching professor in the American Classroom 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: Ilka Kostka


Ilka is an assistant teaching professor in the American Classroom 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.

Academics and FAQ's

During the fall term, N.U. 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 Placement (or similar) credit earned.

Track One Courses Track Two Courses
– Advanced Reading and Writing – Advanced Reading and Writing
– Advanced Listening and Speaking – Elective Course (variable by major)
– Intro to American History – Intro to American History
– Intro to Philosophy – Intro to Philosophy
– Community Learning I – Community Learning I
– Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering
(if applicable)
– Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering
(if applicable)

During the spring term, you will continue to complete coursework, now dependent on your program of study. Please note that this coursework may vary between students depending on the amount of Advanced Placement (or similar) 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
– Global Corporate and Social Responsibility – Global Corporate and Social Responsibility – Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
– Calculus I for Business + Econ – Calculus I OR Calculus II for Science + Engineering – Principles of Macroeconomics
– Principles of Macroeconomics – Biology and Society – Biology and Society

  • What is N.U. Immerse?
    • N.U. Immerse is an opportunity to improve your English as well as adjust to university life in the United States. You will participate in a two-semester program that will give you an excellent start to your university studies by providing you with a comprehensive academic and cultural experience aimed at helping you succeed at Northeastern University. Throughout your time in N.U. Immerse, you will benefit from specialized individual academic advising and support. You will have the chance to take academic courses that transfer toward your degree program and English courses that will enhance your academics. You also have the opportunity to begin your studies on the Northeastern campus and transition to the undergraduate program. Upon successful completion of N.U. Immerse, you will enter Northeastern enriched from your exposure to university life and academics.The program includes classes geared towards improving your language abilities and credit-bearing courses. It offers you a comprehensive academic and cultural experience that gives you an excellent start to your undergraduate studies and prepares you for success both in and out of the classroom—all in a supportive, international-friendly environment. The academic credits you earn while in N.U. Immerse will apply to your degree as transfer credit.
  • Why was I admitted to N.U. Immerse?
    • Based on the English proficiency score you provided at the time of your application, you do not meet the standards to begin undergraduate study at Northeastern. However, the Admission 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 N.U. Immerse.
  • What are the costs associated with N.U. Immerse?
    • To enroll, you will be required to pay a one-time, non-refundable enrollment deposit of $600 by May 1, 2018. The estimated cost of tuition and fees for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms of N.U. Immerse is $40,000 ($20,000 per semester). N.U. Immerse offers guaranteed housing for any students interested. The non-refundable housing deposit of $400 is due by May 1, 2018. The estimated cost of room and board for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms of N.U. Immerse is $16,080.
  • What courses will I be taking while in N.U. 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.  Example courses that a student will be taking in N.U. Immerse are provided in the Spring and Fall Term academic track tabs of this page.
  • What is required to matriculate to my chosen program of study as a full time undergraduate day program student at the end of N.U. Immerse?
    • As an N.U. 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 student success 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 N.U. Immerse students?
    • Yes. Housing is guaranteed for all N.U. Immerse students.  To reserve your place in university housing, you must submit a non-refundable housing deposit of $400 by May 1, 2018.
  • Will the credits I earn through N.U. Immerse transfer?
    • Yes, the 20-24 credits you earn through N.U. Immerse will transfer fully to your program of study.
  • Is N.U. Immerse a full-time program and will I receive an I-20?
    • N.U. Immerse is a full-time program and students in this program are eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa for participation.