Experience a Truly Global University
More than 20,000 international students and scholars from 147 different countries study here—advancing the university’s cross-cultural understanding and bringing a unique, valued perspective to the classroom.
The application process varies based on the program or college international students choose to apply to. Steps listed on our Application Checklist generally apply to every graduate applicant, but there are additional requirements for non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents.
Most programs require international students show proof of English proficiency, which can be met by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam scores (check with your program requirements before taking an exam). Preferred minimum scores vary by college. Students may be exempt from the requirement if they submit documentation proving they received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university in which English was the only language of instruction.
International students will also need to complete an I-20 request form, as well as submit a copy of their passport or permanent residency card, after being admitted into their desired program.
For international students applying to a business, social sciences, engineering, mathematics, or science program, whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the minimum requirement, Northeastern encourages they apply to the university’s Global Pathways program. The program can help students boost their English language skills and academic knowledge before enrolling in their program of choice.