When you decide to enroll in a study abroad program, you commit yourself not only to the thorough preparation necessary for you to experience the program’s full benefits, but also to a significant investment of money.

Before applying to any program, you are urged to plan carefully and be completely familiar with the withdrawal policies and charges, which supersede Northeastern University’s policies for withdrawal from on-campus courses. If you decide to withdraw from either a traditional or customized summer or semester study abroad program, you may incur significant fees for your withdrawal after your acceptance into the program.

Withdrawal fees are charged for study abroad programs because these types of programs require a significant amount of advanced planning and expense on the part of the University and/or host institution. For example, well before a program’s start date, the University and/or host institution must commit substantial sums of money to pay for the instruction, housing, board, excursions, and other costs of all its accepted students.

If a student accepted to any study abroad program for any reason is unable to participate in the program, a significant portion of the program expenses, depending on the date, are non-recoverable by the University and/or the host institution.

Therefore, for traditional and customized study abroad programs, students are responsible for all non-recoverable costs if they withdraw at any time prior to or after the official start date of their program.

Students withdrawing from a Traditional Summer or Semester Study Abroad program must submit a Withdrawal Request Form to GEO in 403 Richards Hall. To fill out this form electronically, please download to your desktop, complete information, and print. Please note that your withdrawal takes effect on the first business day after GEO receives your signed withdrawal form.

If the U.S. State Department issues a Travel Warning, or if the CDC issues a Travel Health Warning in a country in which NU offers a program, NU may suspend or cancel the program in that country at the recommendation of the International Safety and Security Advisory Committee (ISSAC) and by order of the Provost.

If a Travel Warning, including a Travel Health Warning, is issued prior to the start of the program, students who do not participate in a substitute program will be entitled to a full refund of any amounts paid to the University by the student for such program. In the event such a warning is issued:

  • You are required to return immediately to the U.S.
  • You will be evacuated by the organization contracted by NU for 24/7 emergency assistance.
  • All transportation and housing costs not covered by the emergency assistance organization will be covered by GEO.
  • GEO will make every effort to assist you in finding an alternative program for the semester. (If it is not possible to find an alternative program, you are entitled to a refund or credit on a pro-rata basis.)

If you are considering withdrawing from your Study Abroad program due to a medical or physical issue, illness or injury, or because you have a life-changing situation beyond your control that prevents you from participating, you should follow these steps:

  • Connect with your GEO coordinator for specific withdrawal information
  • Complete the Withdrawal Request form and submit to your GEO Coordinator

All Medical and Emergency Leaves of Absence are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are approved for one of the following leaves of absence, there may still costs associated with your withdrawal for which you will be responsible for.Please connect with your GEO coordinator for further information on associated costs.

Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA):

If your withdrawal is related to a medical or physical issue, illness or injury that prevents you from participating in your study abroad or dialogue program and you are considering taking a leave from Northeastern University.

More information about the MLOA process can be found on the UHCS website.

You can find more information about the general policies regarding leaves of absence and university withdrawal here.

Medical Withdrawal:

If your withdrawal is related to a medical or physical issue, illness or injury that prevents you from participating in your study abroad or Dialogue of Civilization (DOC) program but you are not considering or may not need to take a leave from Northeastern University.

More information about the MLOA process can be found on the UHCS website.

You can find more information about the general policies regarding leaves of absence and university withdrawal here.

 Emergency Leave of Absence:

All Emergency Leaves of Absence are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Emergency leaves may be granted when a student cannot continue attending class after the start of the term due to life-changing situations beyond the student’s control.

You can find more information about the general policies regarding leaves of absence and university withdrawal here