International high school students should refer to required high school materials and review the following:
If you will graduate from a high school outside of the United States, neither the SAT or ACT are required for admission. Results from either examination are not reviewed by the admissions committee during the evaluation of your application. Applicants are, however, encouraged to submit results or predictions from any of the following:
- AP exam scores
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- IB exam scores if you are not an IB Diploma candidate
- Nationally or regionally accredited exam results*
* Approved nationally or regionally accredited examinations must signify completion of high school, be administered by an independent organization (not your high school), and be required for university entrance. Examinations currently approved are listed here. If an exam is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students in the United States
International students who will graduate from a high school in the United States and U.S. territories are excluded from Northeastern’s “test not required” policy and must submit either the SAT or ACT. Northeastern’s SAT CEEB code is 3667; and, our ACT College Code is 1880.
English Language Proficiency
If your first language and/or language spoken at home is not English, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, by submitting valid results directly from the testing agency for one of the following exams:
- TOEFL iBT (Composite 92+; Reading, Writing, and Listening subscores 22+; and, Speaking 24+)
- IELTS Academic (6.5 Overall Band Score, with no subscore band below 6.0)
- PTE Academic (62+)
- C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English Scale 176+)
Northeastern’s English Proficiency Requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee if you will have spent at least 4 academic years studying at institutions (high schools, colleges or universities) where English was the primary language of instruction, and was studied at an academic level as opposed to being studied as a second or additional language.
Some students admitted to Northeastern may require further English language assessment prior to enrolling. Results will determine whether or not supplemental English language instruction will be required in the first semester of the freshman year. Students requiring further assessment include:
- Students whose scores fall below the minimum requirements.
- Students whose applications indicate the need for further assessment. (Those students will be notified before May 1)
Highly motivated international students looking to improve English skills before beginning an undergraduate program at Northeastern may be admitted to N.U. Immerse.
Interviews are not required for admission to Northeastern. International students can, however, submit virtual interviews for consideration, alongside other materials required for admission. While we will consider and evaluate virtual interviews submitted from InitialView, Vericant or the video interview from the Duolingo English Test, but please note, none can replace English language proficiency testing, when required.
Certification of Finances
Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Permanent Residents are required to submit the Certification of Finances.
Northeastern’s Certification of Finances is designed to assist in obtaining complete and accurate information about an applicant’s available funds as Northeastern is unable to offer state or federally-funded financial support to international applicants. Verifying an applicant’s financial resources is an essential process.
Federal and Merit Aid
Northeastern provides need-based financial aid to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and eligible non-citizens as determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid, and therefore, must submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) and supporting documents which indicate whether their family or sponsor will have sufficient funds to cover the full cost of attendance.
International students may, however, be eligible for merit-based scholarships. No additional application is required as their freshman application also serves as their scholarship application. Merit-based scholarship are extremely competitive awards, and only given each year to the top 10-15% of our applicant pool. Awards range from $10,000-$25,000 and do not cover the full cost of attendance.
Northeastern University expects all applicants to submit an application (essays, transcripts, test scores, etc.) that is in its entirely their own work. No part of the application can have been completed partially or completely, or significantly enhanced partially or completely, by persons (including paid agents, admissions support agencies or personnel) other than the student.
Use of such services violates Northeastern University policies, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.