Keeping In Touch With N.U.in Students

We know that keeping in touch with family and friends back home can be challenging during your time abroad. Past N.U.in students have found it helpful to set up a schedule for calling home, as having a set time can make time differences much easier to handle. Students and families might also consider a variety of technologies to keep in touch. For example, the instant messaging service WhatsApp also allows voice chat, and the voice over IP programs Skype and Vonage use an Internet connection to talk for free or for a small per-minute fee.

Social Networks & Facebook

We encourage past, current, and prospective students and families to follow us on our social media accounts for updates and inside glimpses into the lives of N.U.in students. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram, and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all N.U.in Program news and happenings.

In addition, we create site-specific Facebook groups for both students and their families. These groups are a great place to connect with other individuals, ask questions, and learn more about Northeastern University and The N.U.in Program. These groups should be used as a forum to speak with each other and share your experiences as students going abroad or parents of students going abroad.

When posting in these groups, we ask that you please do not post any private information (address, phone number, scholarship information, email address, test scores, GPA, etc.). We are not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by, or in connection with, the posting of any private information on these pages. We reserve the right to edit or remove any posts that may contain confidential, offensive, or derogatory content, and to block or remove members from the group for posting such content. If you need to discuss a confidential matter with the N.U.in staff, please contact us directly at nuin@neu.edu or 617.373.6447.

Email

Email communications from Northeastern University and The N.U.in Program will be sent primarily to students via their Northeastern email addresses (example: doe.j@husky.neu.edu), which are created as soon as students activate their myNEU portals. Parents will receive some communications, but students are encouraged to initiate their own inquiries and problem-solve during their time abroad.

If you prefer to forward your Northeastern emails to a different email account, please review these instructions.

Cell Phones

For safety reasons and for ease of communication, N.U.in students are required to have a working cell phone with a local number for use in their host countries for the duration of their time abroad. Phones must be acquired and working within a week of arriving on-site. Students should research the mobile phone options available to them prior to arriving abroad.  If students choose to arrange an international plan with their current cell phone number, they will still be required to obtain an additional phone on-site with a local number. Students typically have a chance to learn more about phone plans and purchase a phone during on-site orientation.

Visiting Students Abroad

Parents are welcome to visit their students while they are abroad. While you may be eager to arrange travel plans as soon as possible, we recommend that parents arrange their visit once students receive their course schedules to avoid any conflicts. You may plan a visit during the mid-semester break, as students will not have any academic engagements at that time.