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International Profile

Northeastern is a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by faculty collaboration, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to academic excellence. 

Of the 17,506 students currently enrolled in one of Northeastern’s eight undergraduate colleges, 18% are international students who come from 132 different countries worldwide.

The Northeastern difference
Over the past century, Northeastern has perfected the integration of study and practice, creating an unparalleled way to learn. Not only can you choose among virtually every course of study; you will benefit from Northeastern’s innovative experiential approach to education—one that integrates classroom studies with experiential learning, including co-ops, service, global opportunities, and undergraduate research.

Cooperative education
Northeastern has maintained leadership in cooperative education with the world’s most innovative co-op program. As a full-time undergraduate student, you can choose between the five-year, three co-op option or four-year, two co-op option. Students work throughout the United States and in 131 countries around the world with 3,165 co-op partners at world-leading institutions in business, science, technology, health care, the arts, and public service. Or you can propose your own co-op anywhere around the world.

Scholarly research
At Northeastern you will have the opportunity to do more than observe research solutions. With more than 1,200 full-time faculty members, students have easy access to internationally known and respected scholars and researchers. You will experience knowledge creation through collaborative partnerships with faculty mentors on campus and through experiential learning opportunities in hospitals, laboratories, and organizations around the world.

The ultimate urban campus
Part of the Northeastern experience is the community surrounding its campus. Located in America’s most popular college town—Boston—Northeastern students enjoy a vibrant community rich with cultural, historic, and civic institutions. With more than 340 student clubs and organizations, 70+ club and intramural sports, and 18 varsity teams, there’s something for everyone.

International Student and Scholar Institute
The International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI) embodies Northeastern’s global vision and commitment to promoting meaningful cross-cultural understanding for all members of the community. Drawing on Northeastern’s rich cultural diversity, ISSI offers programs and services that enhance the Northeastern experience and support compliance with immigration regulations. ISSI sponsors a full range of cultural programming, including international orientation and a month-long cultural festival in February, as well as other events throughout the year.



BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—Northeastern’s integrated course work and experiential learning opportunities, anchored by the largest, most innovative cooperative education program in the United States, offers the world’s most powerful learning experience.


Type of University: Private, urban, coeducational research institution

Size of Campus: 73 acres

Number of Students: 17,506 full-time undergraduate enrollment; 18% international students; average class size of 24

Number of Faculty: 1,298 full- and part-time faculty; 13:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Eight undergraduate colleges offering more than 150 majors, including many interdisciplinary opportunities, combined majors, and accelerated combined-degree options

Geographic Diversity: 133 countries

International Student Services: International Student and Scholar Institute, international student organizations, and International Student Orientation; visit for information.

International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition     $44,620
Room and Board    $14,470
Applicable Fees    $910
Travel and Personal    $1,800
Books    $1,000
Total    $62,800

Financial Aid: Northeastern offers merit-based scholarships to freshman applicants with outstanding academic records. International students are not eligible for U.S. federal or state-based financial aid.

Test Score Requirements: If English is not your first language, the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or CAE is required. For detailed information, please visit

Application Deadlines and Fees:
November 1: Early Action and Early Decision deadline for September admission as a freshman
January 1: Regular Decision deadline for September admission as a freshman
April 1: Deadline for September admission as a transfer student