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International Students

Join a Global Community

Northeastern is a truly global university, with more than 7,000 international students studying here each year.

Applicants interested in joining our diverse community need:

  • An online application
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency, which can be achieved by submitting official TOEFL (TOEFL code: 4999), IELTS, or PTE exam scores
  • Official academic transcripts, which all applicants are responsible for providing a certified translation of if not in English. Those transcripts can be:
    • High school transcripts
    • Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)
    • Associate degree transcript, stating degree conferral and date

Some programs may have additional requirements, such as a letter of recommendation, resumé, or statement of purpose. Applicants should visit the page of their program of choice to ensure they submit all required materials.

If an international student is admitted into their desired program and chooses to enroll, they will then need to complete a myISSI request along with the required support documents for an I-20.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students can apply throughout the year. There are specific deadlines for each term, however.

Term Spring 2018 Fall 2018
Application Complete: Out-of-Country Deadline November 6, 2017 June 25, 2018
Application Complete: In-Country Deadline December 4, 2017 July 23, 2018
Enrollment Confirmation Deadline: Out of Country November 17, 2017 July 9, 2018
Enrollment Confirmation Deadline: In Country December 18, 2017 August 6, 2018
Initial I-20 Request Deadline November 20, 2017 July 16, 2018
Transfer I-20 Request Deadline December 18, 2017 August 13, 2018
Undergraduate Term Start Dates January 8, 2018 September 4, 2018


Global Pathways Program

International students who do not meet the entry requirements for their desired degree can enroll in Northeastern’s Global Pathways Program, which will help boost their English language skills and academic knowledge before they enroll in a bachelor’s degree program.

Students who have completed 50 undergraduate credits can earn a bachelor’s degree in just 21 months, or others can join the American Classroom Program, which is a part of Global Pathways. Through the American Classroom Program, students can earn up to eight to 16 credits that can later be applied toward their bachelor’s degree. More information can be found on the College of Professional Studies website.