Specialized Entry Programs

Make your first year at Northeastern memorable.

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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 at one of our program locations 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.


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The Global Scholars Program

Northeastern’s uniqueness as a university has always been rooted in connection. For us, scholarship and education are not abstract pursuits, but directly related to the communities around our campuses, our broader society, and the world beyond. Global Scholars is grounded in this concept.


Northeastern created the Global Scholars program (formerly known as NU Bound) with the mission that future Huskies should, from the very early stages of their educational journey, be actively engaged with our global university system and an expansive network of students, alumni, and corporate partners.


Students admitted to Global Scholars experience this journey together as a cohort. Together you’ll study at a Global Scholars program location in your first year—in London, England and in the Bay Area, California, all part of Northeastern’s global university system.  During your second year and beyond, you’ll study on Northeastern’s Boston campus (or you might continue to explore global program offerings).

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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. 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 resumé, 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

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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.

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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.