What is NU Bound?

NU Bound is a first-year program for select international students which provides a pathway to transfer to Northeastern in your sophomore year. You will study in an academically rigorous college environment. Through the successful completion of NU Bound, you will become acclimated to college life at an American institution and feel fully prepared to begin your studies on Northeastern’s Boston campus in your second year.

As an NU Bound student, you will begin your college experience in England at our partner institution, Richmond, the American International University in London. Richmond will offer you unparalleled opportunities over two full semesters. You will choose from a wide range of subjects, taking courses which fulfill Northeastern requirements and earning college credit that will eventually transfer back to your Northeastern degree program of study.

You will connect with other future Huskies, and together you will become global citizens as you are immersed in London’s rich culture and history. By the time you transition to Boston in your sophomore year, following your successful completion of the NU Bound program, you will have broadened your perspectives, expanded your networks, and gained insights which will prepare you for future experiential learning opportunities–during your remaining years at Northeastern and beyond.

Richmond University

Founded in 1972, Richmond, the American International University in London is committed to providing its students with high quality undergraduate education, research excellence, and opportunities for public engagement.

Richmond is a globally-focused institution, combining the best of American and UK academic traditions. The Richmond community is vibrant and diverse, bringing together students from over 100 countries to pursue their goals and expand their perspective.

Richmond’s unique partnership with Northeastern University will allow you and your peers to begin your university experience by living, studying, and growing in London before transitioning back to Boston for your second year.


Through NU Bound, you will be able to take courses in the humanities, social sciences, business and the arts, earning up to 30 semester hours of credit. If you have AP, IB, or other advanced credits, you may be able to select from alternative classes.

Please contact NU Bound staff at nubound@northeastern.edu to discuss your curricular options. In order to successfully transfer to Northeastern for your sophomore year, you will also need to meet the following program requirements during your fall and spring semesters in the NU Bound Program:

  • 3.0 overall GPA in all academic courses
  • For the fall term, earn a C or better in all courses
  • For the spring term, earn a B- or better in all courses

Changing Your Major

Students participating in the NU Bound Program are best served by focusing on majors offered by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Arts, Media and Design, or the D’Amore McKim School of Business. Students may submit a major change request which are evaluated on a case by case basis. Please note that a major change may impact the length of time it takes to complete your degree at Northeastern.

Check out some of Richmond’s available courses below. Please note, course offerings are subject to change.

  • Advertising, PR, and the Media
  • Calculus with Applications
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Endangered Species, Ecology and Conservation
  • Foundations in Photography
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Foundations of Business
  • Foundations of Economic Ideas
  • Foundations of Politics
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Functions and Applications
  • Intro to Macroeconomics
  • Intro to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Major Political Thinkers
  • Probability and Stats I
  • Research and Writing II

Student Life

Richmond is a quiet, residential area surrounded by beautiful green parks. The campus is set in a five-acre site at the top of Richmond Hill, with student accommodations located nearby.

NU Bound students are guaranteed accommodations on the Richmond campus. As such, you will have access to on-campus catering facilities which offer a variety of food options. Students can take advantage of our meal plans, which include a range of meals throughout the week.

Ensuring a safe environment for our students to live and learn is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously. The Richmond campus features 24-hour security staffing, an ID card system to access student accommodation and comprehensive CCTV coverage. Campus facilities include:

  • Café and dining options
  • Computer labs and free printing
  • Library and study zones
  • Student commons
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis court
  • Laundry facilities
Living at Richmond

Richmond offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year, enabling you to fully embrace university life in one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities.

The Cultural Calendar

Richmond students have access to discounted tickets for West End shows, sporting matches, London Fashion Week, museum exhibitions, music events and more!

International Night

International Night is one of Richmond’s oldest traditions and the most popular event in the calendar. Organized entirely by students, it is a celebration of Richmond’s cultural diversity. An opportunity for students to showcase their own country’s customs, culture and traditions, International Night brings the whole university together for an evening of music and dance.

Spring Fest

All students are invited to celebrate Spring Fest—which takes place each year on the final day of classes. Held on the front lawn, it is a moment for students, staff, and faculty to celebrate together with food and games.


NU Bound is designed to not only challenge you, but also provide you with a wonderful opportunity to grow intellectually and personally. You will develop a deeper understanding of intercultural differences. Your expanded network will now be a global one. Your freshman year abroad through NU Bound will enhance both your future studies at Northeastern and your future beyond Northeastern.

Why NU Bound?

Next Steps

To confirm your enrollment in NU Bound, you will be required to pay a one-time, non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,200 no later than May 1, 2019. Your enrollment deposit can be submitted through your Application Status Check. Your total cost for the two semesters in London will include:

  • Tuition and fees: $38,000
  • Housing and meals: $7,000
  • Your total cost for NU Bound: $45,000

Beginning in London

After you submit your enrollment deposit for NU Bound, you will work directly with representatives at Richmond University to move through the enrollment process. For questions regarding Richmond University’s courses, housing, and other resources, please contact Camille Brewster. For all other questions about the NU Bound program, please reach out to nubound@northeastern.edu.

Transition to Boston

Upon successful completion of the NU Bound Program, you and your peers will enroll full-time on Northeastern’s Boston campus for your second year. You will be invited to attend orientation and receive ongoing support as you transition into academic and social life in Boston. Your experiences with NU Bound will allow you to apply a unique global perspective in the classroom and beyond.

Please note that university-sponsored housing will not be available to NU Bound students transitioning to Boston for their second year. The Off Campus Student Services Office supports the needs of off-campus students–visit their website for more information.