Specialized Entry Programs

Make your first year at Northeastern memorable.

Card image

The Program


The Program is a first-semester global experience rooted in Northeastern’s core belief that students should be engaged citizens of the world. students begin their studies as a cohort either overseas or in Boston, before transitioning to the Boston campus in January for the second semester.


The Program provides a truly transformative experience for students. alumni are adventurous, bold, ambitious, intellectually curious, reflective, and independent individuals who engage in their own learning. They share a passion for the world and thrive in their community. students are well prepared for translating their knowledge into marketable assets throughout college and in the future. students have their own Orientation program in the summer months to prepare them for their experience. After a semester in The Program, they then attend New Student Orientation in January before continuing their studies on the Northeastern University campus.


Card image

General Studies Program


General Studies is a freshman year program designed to help you find academic success in your freshman year and beyond. It is a small program (approximately 180 students). As a General Studies student, you’ll spend your freshman year immersed in a combination of first-year requirements, NU core courses, and introductory courses for your intended major. If you’re unsure of what you would like to major in, we will help you define your search and reach your goals. Most General Studies students take five courses, equaling 17 credit hours, each semester.

Card image

NU Bound


NU Bound is an academically rigorous one-year program for select students which provides a pathway to transfer to Northeastern in your second year of university study.  Through the successful completion of NU Bound, you will become acclimated to college life and feel fully prepared to begin your studies at Northeastern’s Boston campus. As an NU Bound student, you will begin your college experience in England at the New College of the Humanities (NCH) in London, part of Northeastern’s global university system


NU Bound will offer you the chance to connect with other future Huskies; together you will become global citizens as you are immersed in London’s rich culture and history.  Upon your successful completion of the program, NU Bound courses will transfer to Northeastern, contributing to your overall credit requirements for graduation, core curriculum requirements through NU Path, and possibly introductory course requirements depending on your intended major at Northeastern. By the time you transition to Boston in your second year you will have broadened your perspective, expanded your networks, and gained insights which will prepare you for future experiential learning opportunities during your remaining years at Northeastern and beyond. 

Card image

NU Immerse


NU Immerse is a transitional experience for non-native English-speaking students, offering advanced English language preparation and an introduction to college culture through a year-long program in Boston or London. This immersive program is an excellent start to your university studies and provides a comprehensive academic and cultural experience designed to help you succeed at Northeastern University and improve your English language skills.


For the highly motivated student—NU Immerse is your opportunity to jump into the flow of college life while exposing you to an environment that will enable you to develop your academic skills, strengthen your résumé, and prepare you for a successful transition to Northeastern. Throughout your time in NU Immerse, you will benefit from support every step of the way

Card image

Foundation Year


Foundation Year integrates rigorous academics with student support services to create an environment where you can be successful for your entire Northeastern college experience. Students who successfully complete Foundation Year will matriculate into a degree program at Northeastern through one of two pathways: through Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) or through one of Northeastern’s seven undergraduate day colleges by meeting academic standards.


Students who successfully complete Foundation Year and matriculate into a degree program at Northeastern either through CPS or one of the seven undergraduate day colleges will now be eligible for the NU Promise, giving committed grant funds to fill the gap between your demonstrated need and cost of attendance.