What is The N.U.in Program?
The N.U.in Program is a unique first-year experience for a select group of applicants to begin their fall semester studying abroad at one of our international partner locations, and then transition to the Boston campus in January in order to continue their studies at Northeastern. Students study abroad with other first-year students and earn a full semester of academic credit.
Why was I admitted to The N.U.in Program?
Your acceptance into the program speaks highly of the kind of person you are—one who can make great contributions to this program and Northeastern University. After all, you have many of the qualities that are valued in N.U.in students, including a sense of academic independence, a willingness to explore new ideas and places, a mature and open mindset, and an adventurous spirit. The N.U.in Program offers well-qualified applicants—to whom we were not able to offer admission in the fall—the opportunity to join our community and begin their time at Northeastern with experiential education.
Can I change my admission decision to enter in the fall or defer my admission and begin classes in the spring without going abroad?
When applying to Northeastern, applicants can expect one of four decisions:
- Accepted for the fall semester
- Accepted to The N.U.in Program
Students offered admission to The N.U.in Program are reviewed with the same applicant pool as students offered admission for the fall, and all admissions decisions cannot be changed. Students admitted to The N.U.in Program cannot be reconsidered for entry in the fall and cannot be added to the fall waitlist. In addition, students who decline their fall N.U.in admission are not eligible for spring enrollment.
How do I choose an N.U.in location?
Students may attend locations that are academically compatible with their major and age. Capacity at each location is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on college compatibility, please see the Location Eligibility page.
Once site selection is available, students may select their location in their Application Status Check.
Can I choose a location that is not compatible with my college or major?
The N.U.in curriculum at each host institution is carefully evaluated and chosen to align with specific majors. As such, students cannot choose a location that is not compatible with their college or major. The courses taken at our host institutions are comparable to the courses fall-admit students take at Northeastern, so when N.U.in students arrive to campus in the spring, they will be on track to continue within their chosen majors.
Do I need to know a foreign language?
No. All classes, with the exception of specific language courses, are conducted in English.
How much does The N.U.in Program cost, and what is included in the program fee?
Fall 2017 program tuition information is available on the Costs & Payment Information page. Please note that the Fall 2017 N.U.in Program tuition and fees are estimates that are subject to Board of Trustee approval. The program fees for all of our locations will include:
- Dedicated 24/7 support staff
- Group flight fare and coordination
- Pre-departure Orientation
- On-site Orientation
- Group excursions
- N.U.in-organized activities
- Service-Learning coordination and management
- Transition activities and management
Please note that some sites may have additional inclusions.
How can I pay my bill, and what payment options are available to pay The N.U.in Program fee?
The program fee must be paid in full, or a payment plan must be in place, before students depart for their N.U.in locations. Learn more on how to pay bills and find information regarding payment plans here.
Am I eligible for financial aid during the fall N.U.in semester?
Students can view their financial aid package through the Application Status Check site where they also found their admission letter. Because The N.U.in Program is a pre-matriculation program, only need-based Northeastern grants can be applied to the fall N.U.in semester. All other federal loans, grants, and work study funds can be applied to future semesters, beginning in the spring.
What types of courses do N.U.in students take?
Students take the one-credit Global Experience course, which is taught by N.U.in site staff and ties in closely with Service-Learning, in addition to a country-specific course and courses that fulfill Northeastern Core and/or major requirements. For more detailed information on courses, please visit the “Academics” pages for each location.
Why is there a Service-Learning requirement for N.U.in students?
The goal of the Global Experience course and Service-Learning requirement is to help N.U.in students prepare for, gain from, and reflect upon their term abroad as a profound global experience. By actively engaging in the local community, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the local language, history, and culture. Many students who visit a Service-Learning site regularly find that they build relationships with the local people they work alongside.
How are students supported when they are abroad?
The N.U.in Program provides staff to support students while they are abroad. This includes a team of professional Site Leads and Assistant Site Leads, as well as International Student Advisors, or ISAs. ISAs are typically current Northeastern University students on co-op or recent Northeastern graduates who live in the same buildings as N.U.in students and serve as peer mentors, lead programmers, and the first point of contact for students. Together, this team of on-site staff oversees all facets of The N.U.in Program on the ground, including academic, health and safety, and social components of the program.
What happens if there is a medical or health emergency while students are abroad?
The N.U.in site staff that accompanies students abroad is fully trained and prepared to handle any emergency. Our partner institutions have assisted with setting up relationships with local hospitals nearby, and staff is aware of all safety protocols. There is an on-call phone number that students can call 24/7 to reach a staff member should an emergency situation present itself. In addition, the Boston staff have an emergency phone and are kept aware of any situations at the locations abroad. Parents are typically notified of emergencies either by their students or staff.
Do students need health insurance while abroad?
Yes. Students are required to have international health insurance coverage while abroad. Please see the Health & Safety pages under each location for more information specific to each N.U.in Program, as some details vary by site. Northeastern University also maintains a comprehensive program to respond to costs associated with accidents and emergency/urgent illnesses that arise during the term abroad. For more information on the Northeastern-provided program, please review the international travel insurance website.
Please note that N.U.in students are not eligible for Northeastern University’s Student Health Plan (NUSHP) until their spring semester, beginning in January following the fall term abroad. For more information on NUSHP, please visit their website.
Will there be an orientation for students before they go abroad and when they return to campus?
Yes. N.U.in students attend a Pre-departure Orientation during the summer before their semester abroad, an in-country Orientation once they arrive at their N.U.in locations, and a Spring New Student Orientation upon arriving to Boston for the spring semester. For more information on the Pre-departure Orientation, please continue reading here. Students receive more information about the Spring New Student Orientation via email in mid-October.
Are students allowed to travel in-country and internationally while at the N.U.in locations?
Yes. Students must fill out a Program Deviation Form whenever they leave their host city. Students who are under 18 years old must have their parent/guardian fill out a waiver before departure to be able to fill out the Program Deviation Form.
Can parents visit students while they are abroad?
Parents are always welcome to visit their students! We recommend waiting until students arrive and receive their course schedules for the semester so that both parties can consider the best time to visit based on coursework and break dates.
Will students who participate in The N.U.in Program graduate on time?
Students create their own academic paths at Northeastern, with most graduating in either four or five years. The most popular tracks are:
- Five years with 1, 2, or 3 co-op rotations
- Four years with 1 or 2 co-op rotations
Students who begin their studies with N.U.in have the same options, and are able to create their own unique paths to graduation. Those students particularly interested in a four-year model may want to explore the option of NUterm, a summer semester of classes for rising sophomores at Northeastern. Please read more about NUterm here.
Undeclared students tend to have flexible schedules and work closely with their academic advisors to determine the best progression track based upon interests. Undeclared students are urged to think carefully about where their primary academic interest lies before selecting an N.U.in location to ensure that they will begin with a strong base of prerequisites before progressing at Northeastern in the spring.
Are N.U.in students at a social disadvantage when they arrive on campus in January?
Northeastern’s campus is transitional in nature, meaning students are constantly coming and going, either for domestic or global co-ops, study abroad, or other experiential learning opportunities. The N.U.in Program fits in perfectly with this culture, and students are not at a disadvantage by entering in January.
Due to this constant movement on campus, there is always a Spring New Student Orientation, a student activities fair, and Welcome Week activities offered each January for all incoming students. The N.U.in Program also holds a welcome event for N.U.in students, and former parents have commented that arriving to campus can be likened to a reunion, as students are excited to see each other after forming such close friendships while abroad.
Where do students live when they arrive on campus for the spring semester?
All N.U.in students are guaranteed on-campus housing in the spring. During the fall semester, while they are abroad, students are prompted to fill out a housing survey. Once submitted, our Department of Housing and Residential Life does their best to place students in housing according to their preferences. Students are placed in residence halls or apartment-style accommodations depending upon availability.
What is NUterm and, as an N.U.in student, can I take advantage?
NUterm is the period of May-June (Summer 1) after a student’s freshman year. During NUterm—a term designed specifically for rising sophomores—students have the opportunity to earn eight credits toward their degree. NUterm offerings include project-based classes on campus and Dialogues of Civilization courses abroad. NUterm is a way for Northeastern students to maximize their time-to-degree options. N.U.in students are welcome to take part in the NUterm during the summer after their freshman year.