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.

Applications Materials

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

  1. Standardized Tests
  2. Proof of English Proficiency 

Standardized Tests

Standardized Testing Policy – Students Studying Outside the U.S: For students applying from secondary schools located outside of the U.S., the SAT and ACT are not required. However, for applicants interested in presenting the most competitive application, Northeastern University strongly encourages applicants to submit one of the following: AP exam results, a full IB diploma, three higher level IB exam scores, or the results from nationally or regionally accredited exams that signify completion of secondary education, are required for entry into universities in their home country and are administered by an independent organization other than the school. National and regional exams that would further strengthen an application are listed here. If an exam is not listed, please contact internationaladmissions@neu.edu.

Standardized Testing Policy – Students Studying Inside the U.S., U.S. Territories, and DOD Schools: Applicants attending/graduating from a Department of Defense school located outside of the United States and international students (non-US citizens/non-US permanent residents) studying/graduating from schools in the United States and U.S. territories are excluded from this policy and are required to submit SAT or ACT (with writing) score results. Northeastern’s SAT CEEB code is 3667 and ACT College Code is 1880.

Proof of English Proficiency

For students whose native language is not English – REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE STUDYING – proof of English proficiency is required. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Applicants should submit results of one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam. The minimum passing requirements are as follows: TOEFL 92 (reading sub score 22, listening sub score 22, speaking sub score 24, writing sub score 22; IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0); PTE 62 (no band below 62); CAE 58. In the rare instances when a student is admitted with scores below these minimums, that student will be required to take an additional Northeastern University-based English language assessment prior to enrollment. The results of that assessment may require a student to take supplemental English instruction in the first semester of the freshman year. Additionally, individual applicants may, through the application review process, be identified as students for whom we need additional information regarding English proficiency. These students will also be required to take the additional assessment and will be notified prior to May 1 if that is the case.

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.
The use of such services violates Northeastern University policy, 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 MYNEU 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 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 InternationalAdmissions@northeastern.edu

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