International Student Admissions

Information for International Applicants

We are a truly global university. More than 7,000 international students, exchange visitors, and scholars from 140 countries study at Northeastern each year. As a valued member of our global community, you enrich the intellectual life on our campus and advance cross-cultural understanding among faculty, students, and alumni.

We want you to feel as at home at Northeastern as you do in your home country. To that end, our university has many resources available to help you adjust to living and studying in the United States. Your well-being—academic, cultural, financial, personal, spiritual, and physical—is always our top priority.

Office of Global Services (OGS)

The OGS will be an essential resource for you. It organizes and supports a wide variety of cross-cultural programs that recognize and celebrate our diverse body of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The result is a true home-away-from-home experience for you and our entire community.

Whether you are looking to meet others from your corner of the world, are seeking advice on acculturation, or need help navigating an immigration issue, you will find passionate staff members and a world of friends to assist you.

Application Materials

International high school students should refer to required high school materials and review the following:

Standardized Testing

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

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.

Application Authenticity

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.

Application Information

Next Steps

You will receive a number of communications in the coming months, including information on financial planning, required international student documentation, registering for spring admitted student events, registering for New Student Orientation, housing and roommate assignments, and moving in among other items. Please be sure to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if your email address changes. In addition, please make sure to check your Application Status Check and your myNortheastern Admitted Student Portal for the most up-to-date information. In addition, please refer to what admitted students can expect and when.

Enrollment Requirements for Admitted International Students

Please view your Application Status Check to view your enrollment checklist and next steps/important dates to note in order to enroll at Northeastern. In addition, all international students must submit several forms specific to international students. All international students should log into myOGS to submit a request for the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 or J-1 Student Status (Form I-20/DS-2019) along with all the required supporting documents.

  1. Financial documentation indicating availability of funds equal to or exceeding the amount needed to attend Northeastern and pay for living expenses for at least a full academic year.
  2. A copy of the identity page of your passport
  3. In addition, all international students who are currently studying within the United States, but who now intend to enroll at Northeastern, must also submit a complete Transfer-In Verification Form for students in F-1 or J-1. The form is available at myOGS.

MyOGS will guide you through every step of the process needed to request your Form I-20 or DS-2019 in order to either obtain or maintain your international student status.

Deposits for Enrolled International Students

Your nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $850 must be paid to reserve a place at Northeastern. Your enrollment deposit includes the $250 international student fee, which covers a variety of services and programs to support international student life
 on campus.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! If you have questions about enrolling at Northeastern, please contact the International Admissions team at

Enrollment Information

Office of Global Services (OGS)

The staff will assist with international student-related issues, including SEVIS compliance and related federal regulations, ensuring that you maintain lawful student status. The OGS issues visa-eligibility documents (forms I-20 and DS-2019), serves as a liaison for sponsored international students, and coordinates seminars on topics that range from employment and co-op to intercultural issues.

At the beginning of each semester, OGS offers several weeks of events and activities designed to assist you with transitioning from your home culture into the United States and the Northeastern University community. These programs include pre-advising sessions, International Student Check-In, additional English language evaluation, and assistance with immigration issues.

You will also have many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates, learn from each other’s experiences, get help settling in, and learn about the culture and history of Northeastern, Boston, and the United States.

It is mandatory for all new international freshmen and transfer students to attend New Student Orientation in addition to the comprehensive OGS International Student Check-In program.

For more information about OGS International Student Check-In, living in Boston, or living on campus, visit the OGS Website.

Office of Global Services