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Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is an elite top 50 US university with approximately 20,000 students located in the heart of Boston, America’s most popular college town, and a second campus in beautiful Seattle.

Find out how to apply to Northeastern University.

About Northeastern University

The University offers a comprehensive range of highly ranked bachelor’s degrees and master’s programs. Northeastern University is famous for integrating work experience into all degrees through one of the oldest and most highly recognized Internship/Co-op programs among all US universities.

Pathways to Northeastern University

International students can qualify for degree entry at this highly ranked private university through one of these pathways:

Northeastern University’s Boston Campus

Boston is America’s college town, with over 350,000 students at over 50 local universities. Northeastern’s campus is located in the center of the city and is the largest campus in the city of Boston.

The campus has excellent public transportation links, but it is also easy to explore Boston’s rich history and academic culture on foot – visit museums, historic sites, and some of the best educational institutions in America. New York City, Canada, and the beaches of the Atlantic coast can be reached in 2-3 hours.

Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus

Located on the west coast of the USA, Northeastern University’s Seattle Graduate Campus opened in January 2013, and offers students a range of industry-aligned master’s degrees.

Conveniently located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, home to a wide variety of tech companies and innovative businesses, the Seattle campus is a great location for students looking to gain valuable employment opportunities.

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International student pathways to Northeastern University

Global Pathways is your first step to earning a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from Northeastern University. International students are advised on the best route to success at this top-ranked US university, and options depend on a student’s education level, academic grades, and English proficiency.

Global Pathways Undergraduate Program

Students with an English language score below the bachelor’s entry requirement can start with the Global Pathways program at Northeastern University in Boston.

  • 4–12 month pathway program
  • English and academic skills classes combined with university courses taught by University faculty
  • Earn 12–16 undergraduate credits, which are transferred into a bachelor’s degree (join in  Year 1, semester 2)
  • On successful completion, choose from 35 bachelor’s degrees including majors in art, media, design, social science, engineering, life science, business, criminal justice, computer science and more

Global Pathways Graduate Program

Students who need to improve their English level to meet master’s entry criteria can first study this pathway program at Northeastern University in Boston or Seattle.

  • 4–8 month pathway program
  • Pathways courses include TOEFL Test prep where necessary
  • Progression to top-ranked degrees (including MBA, MS Finance, MS Engineering, MS Biotechnology, MS Computer Science) as well as fast-track 18-month master’s degrees.
  • On the Seattle campus, earn 4–8 credits during Global Pathways, which are transferred to MS Commerce and Economic Development or MS Project Management.

Northeastern University Bachelor’s Completion Program

Students who already have 1.5 to 2 years of undergraduate credit from another university (in the USA or another country), can join this degree completion program:

  • Fast-track 18–21 month program to graduation with a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 degree program choices: BS Management; BS Leadership; BS Finance & Accounting Management
  • Option to continue onto a 1 year master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Professional studies

Direct entry to Master’s degrees

International students who meet all requirements for a graduate degree at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, can apply for direct entry.

Why study at Northeastern University?

A Top 50 ranked American University

  • Top 200 university in World University Rankings (Times Higher Education, 2014) 
  • Ranked 42nd Best National University (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Ranked 1st for Best Career Services (Princeton Review, 2015)
  • Ranked top 15 for Best Co-ops/Internships (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • Ranked #4 in “Up-and-coming” university in the USA (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Top 20 Best Undergraduate Business School (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2014)
  • Ranked #8 in Best International Business Program for undergraduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Ranked #21 in Best International Business Program for graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Top 100 World Subject Ranking in Business (Shanghai Academic World Ranking, 2014)
  • Top 200 World Subject Ranking in Economics (QS World University Rankings, 2014)
  • Top 200 World Subject Ranking in Civil Engineering (QS World University Rankings, 2014)

Northeastern University’s Co-Op Work Placement Program

  • Northeastern’s Co-op program gives students the opportunity to alternate semesters of classroom study with up to 18 months of full-time professional work experience.
  • 50% of 2013 graduates received a job offer from a previous Co-op employer
  • 90% of graduates from 2006-2013 were employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within 9 months of graduation
  • Over 100 years old, Northeastern started the first Co-op program of its kind.
  • Over 9,800 Co-op work placements per year and over 2,900 employers in 160 cities and over 80 countries. Northeastern University Co-op students can work anywhere in the world with great companies like Apple, Google, General Electric, HSBC, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, and the US White House.
  • Learn more about Northeastern’s experiential learning program.

Student life at Northeastern University


As a Northeastern University Pathways student, you’ll have a range of housing options to choose from, including:

  • Off campus student residence halls and local homestays in Boston
  • Furnished apartments in Seattle

Learn more about student housing options at Northeastern University in Boston and Seattle.

Dining options

Students on Northeastern’s Boston campus have so many dining options right at their fingertips. On-campus venues include award-winning cafes and restaurants, spots to pick up a quick nutritious bite, and even a seasonal food truck parked in the central quad! The University caters to diverse diets, including halal, kosher, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus.

Off-campus restaurants serve everything from local Boston fare to international treats. Chinatown is less than 15 minutes by public transport, right next to the North End’s famous family-run Italian restaurants. Meanwhile, you’re never far from fresh seafood; New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and oyster stew are just a few local favorites.

English conversation partners

We run a weekly conversation partner program that matches international and American students. It’s a great way to help you gain confidence in speaking English as well as to make new friends!

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“I oversee the day-to-day operation of the Global Pathways program including admission, student services, and recruitment of international students.”

Francis Griffin – Director, Global Pathways, Northeastern University

“I organize international student orientation, as well as activities and events through the semester to integrate our students into the University and the city of Boston.”

Brandon Bachner – Campus Manager, Northeastern University

“I help students with their admission to the University – from initial inquiries, to processing their application, to providing them with the happy news that they’ve been accepted!”

Terese Wahler - International Admissions and Operations Manager, Northeastern University

meili-jin-neu-2 “My role is to help Chinese students with their application process and provide resources for students to enjoy, and get the most out of their study in Boston.”

Meili Jin - International Admissions Advisor, Northeastern University

owen-griffin-neu “My responsibilities include helping students through the US student visa process, and transferring from one university to another.”

Owen Griffin - Administrative Assistant, Northeastern University

ducis-viard-neu “I help students get to know one another and adjust to US university life by planning events and social activities on campus and around Boston!”

Ducis Viard - Student Services Coordinator, Northeastern University