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Northeastern University

Check whether Northeastern University is right for you as an international student.

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Study abroad at Northeastern University

Northeastern University (NU) is a global, research-led, private university based in Boston, USA. The University offers global pathway programs that give international students routes to more than 50 graduate programs in eight NU academic schools.

International students studying on pathway programs can make use of all NU’s academic facilities and health centers, and join any of the University’s sports clubs and associations. The University’s 73-acre campus includes three state-of-the-art sports centers, and is within walking distance of the fashionable Back Bay area.

Northeastern is known for the quality of its teaching and ranks as one of the best universities in the US. It is a top-tier research institution under the Carnegie Classification, and receives generous funding awards. You can conduct research alongside scholars and faculty as they solve global challenges in health, security, and sustainability.

Why study at NU?

  • International community

    NU has the 3rd largest number of international students in the US (Institute of International Education, 2018)

  • Top 50 in the USA

    Northeastern is ranked in the top 50 universities in the US (U.S. News Education, 2019)

  • Student-staff ratio

    NU has a student-staff ratio of just 14:1

Life as an international student

Northeastern University has the third largest number of international students in the USA, which means you’ll be part of a multicultural community with many resources to help you during your time at NU.

The University’s global pathway programs are a great way to acclimatize to US college life and improve your English language skills before joining a graduate program. You will benefit from dedicated international student support during your time at NU, and small class sizes can help you build your confidence.

You can access support services including academic and career advising, housing advice and guidance, and cultural events and social activities. There is also an international tutoring center for English language instruction, and your first week orientation will include campus and city tours, plus help opening a bank account, and advice on settling in.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Climbing Walls
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal Trainers
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Skills classes
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
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    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Squash Courts 8
    • No. of Golf Coursenumber 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 1
    • No. of Climbing Wall 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
    • No. of Athletics Track 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Physiotherapy
    • Minor Surgery
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Transport
    • Bike Rental
    • Car Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 9
    • Cafe’s 4
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 573
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

  • Global Pathways

    US$15,200 (4 months)

  • Tuition fee ranges from US$16,155 - $48,000 / year


Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States

The Northeastern network extends to five campuses—each with a global reach. The campuses are located in innovation hubs and offer select master’s degrees and graduate certificates aligned with the workforce needs of the region.

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Visa requirements for Northeastern University

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