NU Immerse is a distinctive first-year university experience for non-native English-speaking 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.


What is NU Immerse?

NU Immerse is a transitional experience for non-native English-speaking students, offering advanced English language preparation and an introduction to college culture through a year-long program in Boston or London. This immersive program is an excellent start to your 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 student—NU Immerse is your opportunity to jump into the flow of 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.


Program Information and Requirements

The two-semester NU Immerse program begins in the fall and is offered at two campus locations: in Boston on Northeastern’s main campus and in London, England at the New College of the Humanities, part of Northeastern’s global university system. If you are admitted to the program, you will either receive an offer to choose between the Boston or London locations or an offer to study in the Boston-based program based on your application materials and age eligibility. All courses in Boston are taught by Northeastern faculty, while courses in London are taught by New College of the Humanities faculty. Upon successful completion of either program, you will continue on to your degree program at Northeastern’s campus in Boston the following fall.

  • Students in the NU Immerse program may earn between 20-24 credits, depending upon their English language proficiency level. 
  • If you have AP, IB, A-level, or other advanced standing credits from high school that Northeastern accepts, we will work with you to offer alternative course options. You can review Northeastern’s advanced exam credit policies here.
  • NU Immerse participants for the Boston location will have the option of living in Lightview, a university affiliated student apartment complex, for the duration of the program. Students studying in the London location will live in apartment style or studio style accommodations (with shared kitchens) throughout central London. The residential experience for NU Immerse London students is designed to connect students with the city of London. The student housing facilities are an opportunity for students to be exposed to the diverse neighborhoods and cultures of London while living with the NU Immerse cohort. We will contact students in April with more details related to housing for 2021.
  • 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
    • Earn a C or better in all courses during Fall 2021
    • Earn a B- or better in all courses during Spring 2022

NU Immerse Boston

NU Immerse students studying at our Boston location will begin their studies directly at Northeastern’s main campus. 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 traditional college campus within a city.

As an NU Immerse Boston student, we encourage you to consider living in Lightview, a university affiliated student apartment complex with a wide range of amenities. Opening as new construction in September 2019, LightView offers students state-of-the-art housing at a prime location for Northeastern students. LightView offers a variety of apartment styles for 12-month leases beginning in September. You can find information about LightView on the American Campus website. Here, you will find photographs, a full list of amenities, and competitive pricing details for each apartment style. In LightView, building-wide programming is provided by Community Assistants, who are current Northeastern students, and NU Immerse students living in LightView will have additional programming specific to their needs. NU Immerse Boston students may also opt to secure their own housing outside of university affiliated properties, and we would encourage you to use resources from Off Campus Housing and Support Services if you choose this option.

Studying in Boston

The following schedules outline likely course options for the fall 2021 / spring 2022 NU Immerse Boston program, please note that these course options may be subject to change.

Fall Term

During the fall term, NU Immerse Boston 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 -Technology and Human Values
-1 Elective Course (varies by major) -2 Elective Courses (varies by major)
-Intro to American Government -Intro to American Government
-Technology and Human Values -Intro to Philosophy
-Microeconomics/Macroeconomics -Microeconomics
-Pre-Calculus or Calc 1 for Business & Econ -Pre-Calculus or Calculus
-Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering -Pre-Calculus or Calc I for Engineering

 

Spring Term

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.

– Calculus I OR Calculus II for Science + Engineering​

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:

– Intro to Philosophy – Intro to Philosophy – Intro to Philosophy
– 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

Learn more about the NU Immerse Boston faculty and staff here.

To confirm your enrollment in NU Immerse Boston, you must pay your $600 non-refundable enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021. Your enrollment deposit can be submitted through your Application Status Check.

Additional information on housing options with Lightview can be found here. For two semesters in Boston, tuition costs will be $44,350.

Students participating in NU Immerse Boston must obtain a U.S. visa approved for study if required. Northeastern’s Office of Global Services (OGS) will provide enrolling students with support during the visa application process. You can learn more about the U.S. Student visa application requirements and application process here.

Have Questions? Check our the Frequently Asked Questions for NU Immerse Boston.


NU Immerse London

NU Immerse students studying at our London location will begin their studies at the New College of the Humanities (NCH), part of Northeastern’s global university system. The New College of the Humanities is situated in Devon House in St Katharine Docks, a vibrant and dynamic quarter in central London. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Tower of London, one of the UK’s most iconic heritage sites, and Tower Bridge, one of the most instantly recognizable structures in the world, St Katharine Docks are steeped in the history of London and the River Thames upon which the city was founded. As an NU Immerse London student, you will have access to on-site support with academics as you grow and develop throughout the program. NU Immerse London students will study alongside other Northeastern students and form lifelong friendships as they study at NCH. Students will participate in organized activities, holiday celebrations, and can join student organizations.

The residential experience for NU Immerse London students is designed to connect students with the city of London as they reside in Chapter Spitalfields. Located in London’s East End, the Spitalfields neighborhood is home to artists and creatives, and is known for its street art, quirky shops, trendy restaurants, and famed markets. Students will live in 4-bedroom apartments with shared bathroom and kitchen space. Kitchenware and linens are included as part of the program fee. Northeastern University- and New College of the Humanities-hired coordinators will serve as residential coordinators in Chapter Spitalfields. In addition, Chapter Spitalfields has CCTV in and around each property, as well as an electronic key entry system for the main entrance, common areas, each flat, and bedroom. Staff are also on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following schedules outline likely course options for the fall 2021 / spring 2022 NU Immerse London program, please note that these course options may be subject to change.

Fall Term

During the fall term, NU Immerse London 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
-Community Learning 1 -Community Learning 1
-Advanced Reading and Writing -Advanced Reading and Writing
-Cultures of London -Cultures of London
-Advanced Listening and Speaking

 

Optional: (Choose 1) Optional (Choose 2)
-Introduction to Philosophy -Introduction to Philosophy
-International Relations -International Relations
-Microeconomics -Microeconomics
-Pre-Calculus -Pre-Calculus
-Calculus for Business -Calculus for Business
-Calculus I for Science/Engineering -Calculus I for Science/Engineering

Spring Term

During the spring term all students will focus on the following coursework. Please note that this coursework may vary between students depending on the amount of advanced credit earned.

– Community Learning II
– Critical Writing
– Public Speaking with Recitation
– Introduction to American Government
 

Optional (Choose 1)

– Technology and Human Values
– Introduction to American History
– Principles of Macroeconomics
– Calculus II for Science / Engineering

Dr. Michael Peplar, NCH Director of Mobility Programs

Dr. Michael Peplar joined NCH in 2020 as Academic Director of Student Mobility Programmes and Lecturer in History. Before this, he was for many years Academic Director of Boston University’s London campus, where he also served as Senior Tutor and was director of the History and Literature undergraduate research programme. Prior to joining Boston University in 2007, he was director of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) London Centre, and, previously, director of Long Island University’s European Centre. Before beginning his career in US higher education, Dr Peplar was a Lecturer in History in the Cultural Studies department at the University of East London and in the History department at the University of Greenwich, where he began his academic career with a research fellowship in 1991. Dr Peplar will be teaching courses for Northeastern University programmes at NCH. His teaching interests include modern British cultural and social history, the history of London, the history of popular culture, and the history of British design in its European context.

Check back for additional information about NU Immerse London Faculty and Staff.

To confirm your enrollment in NU Immerse London, you must pay your $1,200 non-refundable enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021. Your enrollment deposit can be submitted through your Application Status Check. For two semesters in London, which includes tuition, housing, and fees, your total program cost for NU Immerse London is: $54,000.

Students participating in NU Immerse London must obtain a U.K. General Student visa. Northeastern and the New College of the Humanities will provide enrolling students with support during the visa application process. You can learn more about the U.K. Student visa application requirements and application process here.

Have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for NU Immerse London.