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NU Bound

Is NU Bound Right for Me?

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. NU Bound is grounded in this concept. Northeastern created 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. NU Bound harnesses the power of place through living and learning in a distinctive location with a cohort of other Northeastern students. You will have the choice, pending your major, to choose a site within the United States or outside of the United States.

Through NU Bound, students will have a rigorous academic experience intertwined with unique opportunities outside the classroom to explore Northeastern’s global university system and to connect with Northeastern community members. Bolstered by a strong professional support system, this first-year experience embodies Northeastern’s vision for global mobility and the power of place, as students develop the skills they need to navigate their future.

Students admitted to NU Bound experience this journey together as a cohort. Together you’ll study at a NU Bound program location in your first year – either in London, England at Northeastern University London (NCH) or in the Bay Area in California at Northeastern University Oakland (Mills College), all part of Northeastern’s global university system. Your location eligibility will be based on your major, age, and the capacity of that location. During your second year and beyond, you’ll study on Northeastern’s Boston campus (or you might continue to explore global program offerings). No matter where you find yourself, either during your first year in the program, your second year in Boston, or beyond, you’ll have the support of the larger Northeastern community, including a network of faculty, staff, advisors, and peers ready to support you.

In considering NU Bound, ask yourself the following questions to determine if the program is the right fit for you:

  • How do I adapt to new environments?
  • How do I cope with challenging situations or problems?
  • Have I set goals for what I would like to achieve while in NU Bound and in my academic career?
  • Am I financially prepared?
  • Why do I want to be part of The NU Bound Program?

Bay Area, California

Northeastern University Oakland (formerly Mills College*) is a renowned liberal arts college with rigorous academics, a bustling community art and music scene, and a deep historical and continuing commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Oakland, California is home to a range of nonprofit arts organizations, social justice initiatives, advocacy groups, and a business culture committed to social responsibility. It is in close proximity to San Francisco, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley. Mills College sits on a lush, 135-acre campus on the edge of the Oakland hills.

*This program will be offered at the Mills College location in Oakland, California to admitted F-1 international students, subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

Founded in 1852, Northeastern University Oakland (formerly Mills College) was the first women’s college west of the Rockies and the first to enact an admission policy for transgender students. Northeastern University Oakland has nurtured strong communities of academically successful first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ+ students, and other underrepresented students. While Mills is a women’s college at the undergraduate level, NU Bound Bay Area is available to students of all genders.

Curriculum

The NU Bound Bay Area Program curriculum was tailored to meet the academic needs and requirements of students in the following colleges.

Please see course offerings by college below:

The 2022-2023 NU Bound Program Course Description Guide provides a detailed list of all the courses offered.

Course Logistics

You will learn more about the host institutions policies and expectations during on-location orientation.

You can order your textbooks, ideally before arriving on-site, via Barnes and Noble. Your textbooks are viewable through Barnes and Noble’s portal. Please keep in mind that orders to Oakland will take an additional 5-6 days in shipping since they pass through the Boston campus. If you need a calculator, double check the specifications with your course syllabus so you select the correct model.

How to Register

You will register for your courses through your Application Status Check. The Course Registration Process How-To Guide includes complete instructions for how to register.

Move in details for NU Bound Bay Area are still being finalized, and we will continue to share updates in the coming weeks.

What to Pack

Determine the must-have items you should be crossing off your list.

For a suggested packing list, please click here. Remember, whatever you pack, YOU will have to carry. Be conscious of the weight of your bags, since transporting them on planes, trains, and buses will be difficult if you over-pack.

Climate
Weather in the Bay Area is warm and pleasant in September and October, with temperatures slightly decreasing in November and December.

Month           Avg. Low Avg. High

September       58°F     75°F

October           55°F     72°F

November        65°F     50°F

December        58°F     45°F

Group Flight Travelers

More Group Flight information, including reservation forms and itineraries, once available will be through your Application Status Check.

The NU Bound Program offers a Group Flight option for students to travel with their peers to and from their NU Bound location at the beginning and end of the program.

On arrival in their NU Bound location, students on the Group Flight will be picked up at the airport by buses and transported to the student residence. At the end of the program, students on the Group Flight will be shuttled from their student residence to their NU Bound location's airport.

Baggage Allowance

Please review the guidelines on the airline website for more specific details on the baggage allowance of the Group Flight airline. It is your responsibility to confirm the luggage policies of your airline(s).

Travel Information Form

To ensure the safety of all participants, ALL students must provide NU Bound with the details of their itinerary, whether they are flying on the Group Flight or independently.

Independent Travelers

If you do not take the Group Flight option, they are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from their NU Bound location at the beginning and end of the program.

Group Flight Credit

Students who do not take any segment of the Group Flight will receive a flight credit. This credit will be posted to the student's fall bill and will be equal to the cost of one Group Flight airline ticket. If a student flies any segment of the Group Flight, they will not receive a credit. NU Bound students traveling separately must arrange their own transportation to their student residence and arrive on-location on the program start date (early check in will not be available).

Travel Information Form

To ensure the safety of all participants, ALL students must provide NU Bound with the details of their itinerary, whether they are flying on the Group Flight or independently.

NU Bound Visa

If you are not a U.S. citizen nor permanent resident of the U.S. you will need to check with your nearest U.S. Embassy on the most recent requirements for entry. The Office of Global Services is here to support you in your F-1 visa process should you need one.

Form I-20 documents will begin to be processed for NU Bound Bay Area students on June 13, 2022. For additional information regarding the I-20 process, please view our FAQ document and our Bay Area campus factsheet.

Passports

U.S. citizens and permanent residents will not need a passport to participate in NU Bound Bay Area. All other students will need to obtain a passport in order to enter the U.S. Passport processing times may have been delayed as a result of the pandemic so please plan accordingly.

Activities

One of the goals of the NU Bound Program is to foster and develop a strong community among our students. Students will experience two overnight excursions and multiple day trips as part of the program.  Northeastern University Oakland and NU Bound staff collaborate to plan weekly, free, or low-cost activities.

Examples of activities include:

  • Civil Rights walking tour of Oakland
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • West Oakland Urban Farm
  • LGBTQ guided walking tour in San Francisco
  • Panel discussion with local NU alumni

Student Organizations & Groups

  NU Bound students will have the option to join a variety of student organizations and groups.

Transportation
Between the Alameda Country (AC) Transit system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART),  MUNI system in San Francisco, and Mills shuttles, students can get around quickly to all the local sites in the Bay Area.  All students will have an AC transit pass included loaded onto a Clipper Card. Students can use the Clipper card free on AC transit buses.  Line 57 stops right outside the Northeastern University Oakland front gate.  Students can also add funds to travel on the BART and MUNI.  Routes are easy to learn and will take students from Giants Stadium and Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, back to the East Bay, from local neighborhoods to many of the 73 East Bay Parks.  While navigating all the transit options and bus system may be an initial adjustment, you will quickly adapt and learn the routes.  Northeastern University Oakland shuttles will travel to local retail shops, restaurants, including BART stations.

Prescription Medication
Prior to your departure, discuss with your physician any prescription needs while studying in the Bay Area.

Medical Facilities
Students will have access to The Mills Student Health Center. This includes appointments for acute medical care, primary care, and referrals as appropriate.

Mental Health
Northeastern University Oakland Counseling and Psychological Services available to students, which provides short term and acute mental health care and referrals to off-campus providers.

Medical Disclosure

The NU Bound Program does not require you to get a physical prior to departure, though it does require you to submit medical information in the General Enrollment Form to alert our staff of any medical conditions or allergies. This form will be included in your enrollment paperwork.

Travel Insurance
You are encouraged to research whether you would like additional insurance that covers loss of money due to trip interruption or cancellation, as well as loss of baggage and personal effects either while traveling or living in residence halls.

Safety Resources while Abroad

All Northeastern University students, faculty, and staff requiring medical, security, and travel assistance abroad can obtain assistance through the Northeastern Travel Support Network. Please contact the 24/7 international assistance hotline +1.857.214.5332 (international collect calls are accepted) to access support services provided by our partners, the Collinson Group and Crisis24, a GardaWorld company. They will also notify the International Safety Office of your call to provide an added layer of support.

Please be sure to register your travel by visiting the GardaWorld Travel Security portal and log in with your Northeastern email and credentials. Once registered, download the mobile app by the same name to stay up to date on important travel safety related information.

Northeastern Travel Registry

Northeastern University requires all students to enter their travel itinerary and housing accommodations into “My Travel Plans” on the myNortheastern student portal also called the traveler registry. You should also enter any independent travel during the semester and make sure your contact information remains updated.

More information can be found on Northeastern University’s international travel website.

Accommodations
NU Bound students will reside together on the Northeastern University Oakland Campus in one of the following residence halls (subject to change): Ege Hall, White Hall, Reinhardt Hall, Orchard Meadow or Warren Onley.

Mail & Packages
Please check back for information regarding the mail system and address.

Meals
Students will be on a 15 meals a week plan along with additional flex dining dollars to be used throughout the semester.

As a NU Bound student, you will have three orientations throughout your participation in the program:

  • NU Bound Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-location orientation once you have arrived in your host location
  • Husky 101 Fall Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in Fall 2023 (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information)

NU Bound Pre-Departure Orientation

NU Bound students are required to participate in Pre-Departure Orientation this summer (2022), which will be offered as a series of mandatory online learning modules.

Delivered in separate installments throughout the summer, the NU Bound Pre-Departure Orientation online learning modules will allow students to review important information to prepare for their NU Bound experience on their own schedule. Online orientation modules will introduce you to NU Bound policies and procedures, increase your familiarity with your NU Bound location, and connect you with your fellow NU Bound students.

Pre-Departure Orientation Dates

  • Early June – Virtual Orientation Modules are Launched (mandatory)
  • July and August - Additional opportunities for engagement including virtual community building events and presentations by partner institutions will be scheduled for July and August. Keep an eye on your NU email inbox for updates!

On-location Orientation

Once students arrive on-site at Northeastern University Oakland, all NU Bound Bay Area students will participate in an on-location orientation with an introduction to Northeastern University Oakland and the Bay Area. You and your fellow students will also connect with departments from across the campus and learn about the resources and services available, with opportunities to get to know one another.

Keep track of key dates before and during your time in the Bay Area.

Enrollment Deposit Due: May 1, 2022
Arrival: August 31, 2022
Orientation: September 1 – September 6, 2022
First day of fall classes: September 7, 2022
Thanksgiving recess: November 23 – November 25, 2022
Last day of classes: December 7, 2022
Final exams: December 9 – December 16, 2022
Departure for break (if leaving campus): December 17, 2022
First day of spring classes: January 9, 2023
Spring Break: March 4 – March 13, 2023
Last day of spring classes: April 19, 2023
Last day of spring final exams: April 28, 2023
Departure: April 29, 2023

London, England

Students will study at Northeastern University London (former NCH). Northeastern University London is situated in Devon House in St Katharine Docks, a vibrant and dynamic quarter in central London. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Tower of London, one of the UK’s most iconic heritage sites, and Tower Bridge, one of the most instantly recognizable structures in the world, St Katharine Docks are steeped in the history of London and the River Thames upon which the city was founded.

Northeastern University London (formerly NCH) is a prestigious, university-level college in the heart of London, founded by the philosopher A.C. Grayling, who is the college’s Master. Northeastern University London is part of the Northeastern University Global Network. Small by design, Northeastern University London offers a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalized teaching. Humanities at Northeastern University London is understood in the broadest terms, from the creative arts to economics; students benefit from being in an interdisciplinary academic environment.

Curriculum

The NU Bound England Program curriculum was tailored to meet the academic needs and requirements of students in the following colleges.

Please see course offerings by college below:

The 2022-2023 NU Bound Program Course Description Guide provides a detailed list of all the courses offered.

Course Logistics 
You will learn more about the host institutions policies and expectations during on-location orientation.

We recommend that you wait until arriving on location to purchase the necessary books. Required textbooks will be listed in the course syllabi you receive during the first week of classes. It is generally a good idea to review the syllabus for a class prior to buying any materials. You can purchase books from Northeastern University London at the start of term from the bookseller on campus or order them online. If you need a calculator, double check with your instructor or syllabus to be sure you select the correct model.

How to Register

You will register for your courses through your Application Status Check. The Course Registration Process How-To Guide includes complete instructions for how to register.

Academic Handbook

Click here to download the NU Bound England Academic Handbook (PDF).

Tutoring Services
Academic staff at Northeastern University London are available to meet with students. NU Bound students can access the Peer Tutoring Program through Northeastern.

Move in details for NU Bound London are still being finalized, and we will continue to share updates in the coming weeks.

What to Pack
Determine the must-have items you should be crossing off your list.

For a suggested packing list, please click here. Remember, whatever you pack, YOU will have to carry. Be conscious of the weight of your bags, since transporting them around the world on planes, trains, and buses will be difficult if you over-pack.

You are encouraged to bring raincoats, an umbrella, appropriate shoes, and rain boots since it rains regularly in London. We recommend bringing clothes that can be layered and mixed and matched since the weather will vary greatly.

Month Avg. Low Avg. High Precipitation
August 59°F 73°F 1.89 in
September 55°F 68°F 1.93 in
October 50°F 61°F 2.80 in
November 45°F 54°F 2.48 in

Adapters
An adapter is a device that allows foreign devices to plug into British outlets. You can purchase these at any electronics store. Consider purchasing a universal adapter for use outside England if you plan to travel.

Voltage Converters
The electricity supply in England is 240 volts alternating at a frequency of 50 hertz. Check whether the electrical goods you plan to bring will work at this voltage. Some devices, such as hair straighteners and blow dryers, may require a converter.

Group Flight Travelers

Group flight information, including reservation forms and itineraries, once available will be through the student Application Status Check.

The NU Bound Program offers a Group Flight option for students to travel with their peers to and from their NU Bound location at the beginning and end of the program.

Upon arrival in their NU Bound location, students on the Group Flight will be picked up at the airport by buses and transported to the student residence. At the end of the program, students on the Group Flight will be shuttled from their student residence to their NU Bound location's airport.

Baggage Allowance

Please review the guidelines on the airline website for more specific details on the baggage allowance of the Group Flight airline. It is your responsibility to confirm the luggage policies of their airline(s).

Travel Information Form

To ensure the safety of all participants, ALL students must provide NU with the details of their itinerary, whether they are flying on the Group Flight or independently.

Independent Travelers

If a student does not take the Group Flight option, they are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from their NU Bound location at the beginning and end of the program.

Group Flight Credit

Students who do not take any segment of the Group Flight will receive a flight credit. This credit will be posted to the student's fall bill, and will be equal to the cost of one Group Flight airline ticket. If a student flies any segment of the Group Flight, they will not receive a credit. NU Bound students traveling separately must arrange their own transportation to their student residence and arrive on-location on the program start date (early check in will not be available).

Travel Information Form

To ensure the safety of all participants, ALL students must provide NU Bound with the details of their itinerary, whether they are flying on the Group Flight or independently.

Passports

All NU Bound students will need a passport. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible.

NU Bound Visa

It is your responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa, if necessary. Please check with the British embassy/consulate for your country of residence for the most updated visa requirements and processes.

If applicable, certain documents needed for your visa process will be provided by Northeastern or the host partner institution. Additional information regarding the visa process and any documents provided will be posted here as early as possible. Please note that such information is intended as informational guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. GEO employees are unable to provide advice to students or families concerning visa requirements and/or application processes.

Click here for the 2022 visa guide.

If you cannot obtain a valid visa in time for the program start date, please refer to the NU Bound Payment and Withdrawal Policy and contact the Global Experience Office to discuss next steps.

International students seeking information regarding their F-1 Visa process for studying in the United States for the spring semester should refer to the Northeastern Office of Global Services.

Activities

One of the goals of the NU Bound Program is to foster and develop a strong community among our students. New College of the Humanities and Global Experience staff collaborate to plan weekly, free, or low-cost activities, which vary from year to year.

In the past, NU Bound students have participated in many different types of activities. Some examples include:

  • Welcome Tea
  • Halloween Party
  • Visit to the British Museum

Student Organizations & Groups

Students can join organizations and societies through the Northeastern University London Student Union, which is a great opportunity to interact with UK students.

Transportation

The public transportation system is the easiest and most efficient way to get around London. While navigating the Tube and bus system may be an initial adjustment, you will quickly adapt and learn the routes. Metro passes are called "Oyster Cards" in London and provide access to both the London Underground and the public bus system.

Health Insurance 

You must maintain personal health insurance that is valid in your home country and abroad. You may be covered under a domestic health insurance plan with international coverage, or a supplemental international health insurance carrier. You are strongly encouraged to check with your current insurance carrier to see what kind of coverage is offered abroad.

University-Provided Urgent and Emergency Coverage 

Northeastern University maintains coverage to respond to costs associated with accidents and emergency/urgent illnesses.  This is not health insurance. For more details on this policy, please visit the international travel insurance website.

Prescription Medication

Prior to your departure, discuss with your physician any prescription needs while studying abroad.

Packing Prescription Medication

Please note that not all medications may be available in England; if possible, make arrangements for bringing an entire semester’s worth of medication. You should pack prescription medications in carry-on luggage in your original containers with doctor documentation.

Shipping Prescription Medication

You should check the requirements for shipping medications with both the courier service as well as with British customs. In some cases, the recipients may need to pay a fee to receive the package. It is not uncommon for packages to be held up in customs because more information is needed for delivery to be completed.

Medical Disclosure

The NU Bound Program does not require you to get a physical prior to departure, though it does require you to submit medical information in the General Enrollment Form to alert our staff of any medical conditions or allergies. This form will be included in your enrollment paperwork.

Travel Insurance 

You are encouraged to research whether you would like additional insurance that covers loss of money due to trip interruption or cancellation, as well as loss of baggage and personal effects either while traveling or living in the student residence.

Safety Resources while Abroad

All Northeastern University students, faculty, and staff requiring medical, security, and travel assistance abroad can obtain assistance through the Northeastern Travel Support Network. Please contact the 24/7 international assistance hotline +1.857.214.5332 (international collect calls are accepted) to access support services provided by our partners, the Collinson Group and Crisis24, a GardaWorld company. They will also notify the International Safety Office of your call to provide an added layer of support.

Please be sure to register your travel by visiting the GardaWorld Travel Security portal and log in with your Northeastern email and credentials. Once registered, download the mobile app by the same name to stay up to date on important travel safety related information.

Northeastern Travel Registry

Northeastern University requires all students to enter their travel itinerary and housing accommodations into “My Travel Plans” on the myNortheastern student portal also called the traveler registry. You should also enter any independent travel during the semester and make sure your contact information remains updated.

More information can be found on Northeastern University’s international travel website.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

U.S. citizens can register their travel plans with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. We strongly encourage you to register, as this is a free service that will allow the U.S. State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

Additional Resources

For more resources, visit the U.S. State Department, which provides information on safety for travelers abroad, including tips on handling money, traveling on public transportation, and safety in a hotel.

NU Bound England students will reside at Chapter Spitalfields, a student accommodation property, located close to Shoreditch and Hoxton. Chapter Spitalfields is a five-minute walk to grocery stores, shops, the famous Spitalfields Market, and approximately one mile away from Northeastern University London's campus at St. Katharine’s Docks. The area is served by several tube, rail, and bus lines.   

NU Bound England students will live in either studios, 2 bed apartments or 4 bed apartments. The NU Bound Program finalizes roommate assignments in early August, using information related to living habits from the student-submitted housing preference form.

Students will have access to building amenities which include:   

  • 32nd-floor lounge area and 33rd floor dedicated study space both with panoramic views across London    
  • Ground floor coffee bar    
  • Courtyard    
  • Auditorium    
  • Karaoke rooms    
  • Games area    
  • Gym and studio    
  • Cinema room    
  • Social spaces throughout the ground floor    
  • Laundry room    
  • Private meeting rooms for residents to utilize for study groups   

As an NU Bound student, you will have three orientations throughout your participation in the program:

  • NU Bound Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-location orientation once you have arrived in your host location
  • Husky 101 Fall Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in Fall 2023 (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information)

Pre-Departure Orientation

NU Bound students are required to participate in Pre-Departure Orientation this summer (2022), which will be offered as a series of mandatory online learning modules.

Delivered in separate installments throughout the summer, the NU Bound Pre-Departure Orientation online learning modules will allow students to review important information to prepare for their NU Bound experience on their own schedule. Online orientation modules will introduce you to NU Bound policies and procedures, increase your familiarity with your NU Bound location, and connect you with your fellow NU Bound students.

Pre-Departure Orientation Dates

  • Early June – Virtual Orientation Modules are Launched (mandatory)
  • July and August - Additional opportunities for engagement including virtual community building events and presentations by partner institutions will be scheduled for July and August. Keep an eye on your NU email inbox for updates!

On-location Orientation

Once students arrive on-site in London, all NU Bound England students will participate in an on-location orientation, which will help them to become acquainted with England and what to expect throughout their adventure abroad. This orientation will introduce you to your new neighborhood and the services available at Northeastern University London, as well as, review academic policies and expectations and build community among your cohort.

Check back for key dates before and during your time in London.

Enrollment Deposit Due: May 1, 2022
Arrival: September 4, 2022
First day of fall classes: September 8, 2022
Reading Week: November 7-11, 2022
Thanksgiving Break: November 24-25, 2022
End of fall term (including exams): December 16, 2022
First day of spring classes: January 9, 2023
Reading Week: February 20-24, 2023
Easter Break: April 3-14, 2023
Departure: April 29/April 30, 2023

NU Bound Program Academics 

Courses taken with the NU Bound Program align with the first-year freshman curriculum taught at Northeastern, as well as integrating cultural learning opportunities. In addition to fulfilling major requirements, NU Bound courses also count toward NUpath, our institution-wide general education requirements for students in all majors.

 

As an NU Bound student, you can take courses across the Northeastern academic colleges, earning a full academic years' worth of credit. You may be able to select alternate courses if you receive advanced credits from AP, IB, or other international examinations. Please note that not all first-year courses at Northeastern will be offered at your location. Because all degree plans are unique, please keep in mind that your individual plan may be different than other Northeastern students and that a four-year graduation is not guaranteed.

 

Students in NU Bound will be able to complete courses in a range of disciplines. The 2022-2023 NU Bound Program Course Description Guide provides a detailed list of all the courses offered as a part of the NU Bound Program across each of our locations. Course maps outlining the academic program of study per college and major for each location can be found in the individual locations academic tab.

  • Students will make their initial course selections in early June via the Application Status Check. Students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to review course registration and confirm fall classes in June and July. You will receive your actual class schedule when you arrive on location.

    Course Registration How-To Guides:

    If you have or anticipate having a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or other college-level transferable courses, you must report this during the NU Bound registration process, both in your Application Status Check and when you meet with an academic advisor. Additional information about reporting scores can be found in the sections below.

    Next Steps

    • May: Northeastern colleges and academic advising offices will reach out to outline their advising process. They will explain what you can expect, when, and how you will connect with them.
    • June: Make your initial course selections in the Application Status Check.
    • June & July: Review your course selections with your Northeastern academic advising office and confirm your fall courses. You should discuss any AP, IB, or other transfer credits you have or anticipate.
    • August: Summer advising for NU Bound fall semester closes. Your courses are finalized and confirmed with partner host institutions. No course changes can be made until you arrive on site.
    • August & September: Programs launch and classes begin. Course changes during your host institution’s add/drop period are possible. However, while you can request a change, you are strongly discouraged from doing so. Your courses were carefully reviewed and confirmed with your Northeastern academic advising office over the summer. Any changes once you arrive on site may impact your academic progress. Please also keep in mind that requests are not guaranteed. Factors such as capacity, timetabling, and add/drop deadlines may not allow for a change to be made.
    • October & November: You will have the opportunity to consult with academic advising and plan for spring courses. You can expect to complete spring course selection at this time.

    For more information on course registration, please review the NU Bound Course Registration FAQs.

    • To ensure you receive transfer credit for any AP Exams, please verify that AP Score Reports were sent to Northeastern by calling College Board AP Services at +1.609.771.7300 or toll-free at +1.888.225.5427. 
    • To ensure you receive transfer credit for any IB exams, all final IB results must be submitted electronically to Northeastern directly from the IBO. 
  • Send final transcripts for any college-level transferable courses to the admissions processing center: 

    Northeastern University Application Processing Center

    P.O. Box 8210
    Portsmouth, NH 03802
    USA 

  • Grade Requirement  

    To receive transfer credit for a course, you must attain a grade of C or better, using the U.S. grading system. 

    All NU Bound participants earn a full semester of transferable credits in their fall and spring semester, provided that you achieve a grade of “C” or better in the U.S. grading system. In accordance with Northeastern’s transfer credit policies, your final grades will not appear on your Northeastern transcript, but rather as transfer credit.  

     If you are studying at Northeastern University London, please note that the U.K. grading system is different than the U.S. grading system. For a conversion chart and explanation, please see the specific location section. 

    Transcripts  

    All NU Bound participants earn a full semester of transferable credits, provided that you achieve a grade of "C" or better in the U.S. grading system. In accordance with Northeastern's transfer credit policies, your final grades will not appear on your Northeastern transcript, but rather as transfer credit. Letter grades will, however, appear on the official transcripts from The NU Bound Program school of record and may be required when you apply to graduate programs and other post-undergraduate opportunities.

     

Location Eligibility

The college compatibility chart shows location eligibility for the 2022-2023 academic year. The curriculum at each location is tailored to meet the needs of specific colleges outlined below.

Students in the NU Bound program have been admitted pursuing specific majors and may complete several courses that help them progress towards their graduation requirements. During the program, students may submit major change requests to nubound@northeastern.edu, these requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please note that a major change may impact the length of time it takes to complete your degree at Northeastern.

Students who graduate high school with many advanced standing credits may not be as strong a fit for NU Bound due to the courses that are available in the program.

Age Requirements
  • Please note to select London, England, you must be 18 years of age by September 4, 2022.
  • There is no age requirement for NU Bound Bay Area.
Location Selection
All participants are guaranteed a place at a location that is academically compatible with their major. Major-compatible locations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When selecting a location, you should also keep the following in mind:
  • If a location has reached capacity prior to May 1, you may only choose from the available options that are compatible with your major and age. If you only have one option because of your major and age, you are guaranteed a place at that location if you deposit by May 1.
  • If you are admitted into a combined major, you should select a location that aligns with the home college for the combined major.
We encourage students to evaluate the options offered to students admitted to the NU Bound program this year to identify the location and format that is the best fit for you. Once you are confident in that choice, you should make your enrollment deposit because spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enrollment Information

Get started on your enrollment in The NU Bound Program.  All students must successfully complete their current academic program and submit all final transcripts in order to enroll in The NU Bound Program. Failure to submit proof of graduation information may impact financial aid awards and enrollment. Failure to successfully complete your current academic program in good standing could result in a decision to rescind the offer of admission to the NU Bound Program and the university.

  • To submit your deposit and officially enroll in the NU Bound Program, follow the below steps:

    • Log into your Application Status Check. You will need to enter your NUID (which can be found on your acceptance letter) and your birth date in order to log in.
    • Select "NU Bound Enrollment Deposit".*

    You must make your location selection on that same screen. Once you complete the selection and click "Submit" you will receive a confirmation email.

    *If you deposited before this year's locations were released, to select your location:

    • Log into your Application Status Check. You will need to enter your NUID (which can be found on your acceptance letter) and your birth date in order to log in.
    • Select "NU Bound Location Selection"

    Once you complete the selection and click "Submit" you will receive a confirmation email.

    To learn more about location eligibility, please visit our Location Eligibility section. We strongly encourage you to consider thoughtfully before making your deposit and location selection.

  • Your $1,200 (USD) enrollment deposit is due by 11:59 p.m. EDT May 1, 2022 through your Application Status Check. Please note that enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

  • After you submit your deposit and before departing for your fall semester, please request that the following information (if applicable) is sent to the address below:

    • Final high school transcript (required)
    • Advanced Placement test results
    • International Baccalaureate exam results
    • New or updated SAT/ACT scores (optional)
    • Official secondary school national exam results
    • College transcripts from any previous work

    Mail this information to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions Application Processing Center
    Northeastern University
    P.O. Box 8210
    Portsmouth, NH 03802
    USA

    International students attending NU Bound England will require a U.K. Student Visa. Please complete the appropriate paperwork here.

  • NU Bound participants will be required to complete additional paperwork for the NU Bound Program. In order to complete this paperwork, you will need to access your Application Status Check.

    Enrollment documents for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available throughout the spring. Check back soon for the deadline to submit these documents. You will receive email communication as enrollment paperwork is available in the Application Status Check.

Cost and Payment

The estimated cost for all NU Bound Program locations for 2022 is $75,500 (USD). This cost includes $28,000 for tuition and a $9,750 program fee per semester for a total of $75,500 across the fall and spring terms. Please note that this program fee is an estimate that is subject to Board of Trustee approval. This fee is for your 2022-2023 academic year with the NU Bound Program. In Fall 2023, you will pay Northeastern tuition, which will be posted on the Student Financial Services website.

  • The NU Bound Program fee inclusions are subject to change:

    Inclusions: 

    • Tuition
    • Housing
    • Dedicated 24/7 support staff
    • Flights

    Exclusions:

    • Visa fees
    • Passport fees
    • Independent travel expenses
    • Some medical cases
    • Textbooks
    • Cell Phone

    While every NU Bound student has different requirements for personal monthly budgets, we recommend you have $1,400 to $2,400 (USD) available for personal expenses, such as food and travel. This range also depends on the specific country you are studying in and your expectations.

  • While enrolled in NU Bound Program, students who apply for financial aid are considered for need-based funding and merit funding. Grants, loans, and work awards from federal and state sources cannot be applied to the 2022-2023 academic year while you are actively participating in the NU Bound Program. If you qualify, you can use these financial options beginning with the Fall 2023 semester. All supplemental loans, including the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, are available to students and parents beginning the following academic year.

  • The Office of Student Financial Services prides itself on offering expert advice, friendly service, and personalized support. Regardless of a family’s income, all students should consider applying for financial aid. Northeastern offers more than $339 million in grant and scholarship assistance, participates in all federal aid programs, and offers information on alternative financing and the Northeastern Payment Plan.

    Please review the Office of Student Financial Services website for important information on deadlines and required forms.

    Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at: sfs@northeastern.edu or +1.617.373.3190.

     

  • The Office of Student Financial Services offers various payment methods by which your tuition bills can be paid. Additionally, several payment plans exist for families who would like to explore this option to finance their student's time at Northeastern.

Code of Student Conduct

All NU Bound students must adhere to the Northeastern Code of Student Conduct as well as the NU Bound Supplement, which acts as an addendum to the overall Code. It establishes the guidelines and processes specific to the NU Bound Program, as they may differ from or incorporate the Northeastern University Code of Student Conduct. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to set expectations of behavior that promote the safety and welfare of the Northeastern University community. The university seeks to provide a supportive environment that is conducive to learning, the pursuit of truth, the exchange of knowledge, the intellectual development of students, and the general good of society. In those instances where violations of the behavioral expectations occur, Northeastern University has developed policies and procedures to protect the rights of members of the university community, individually and collectively.

We encourage you to click on the links below to read the Code of Student Conduct as well as the NU Bound Supplement:

Northeastern Code of Conduct
NU Bound & N.U.in Program Supplemental Guide to Participant Conduct

Transition to Boston 

Upon successful completion of the NU Bound Program, you and your peers will enroll at Northeastern’s Boston campus to continue your studies in your second year. You will be invited to attend orientation and receive ongoing support as you transition into academic and social life in Boston. Your experiences with NU Bound will allow you to apply a unique global perspective in the classroom and beyond.

We are pleased to be able to offer students who complete the 2022-2023 NU Bound program the opportunity to apply for university housing during their second year when they arrive in Boston. Interested students will have the opportunity to declare their intention to reside in university housing during the Spring ’23 term. This opportunity does not represent a mandatory requirement as students can still decide to live in off-campus housing in the local area if they choose. Please note that university housing for all students—including students completing NU Bound—can take the form of traditional campus residence halls, leased apartments, or leased hotel spaces in the area around campus. We will provide more information about specific housing options for NU Bound later in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to additional questions, check out our NU Bound FAQs! Throughout the spring we also compiled and answered the most commonly asked questions about the NU Bound program!

Disability Accommodations 

2022-2023 Academic Year 

If you require services and accommodations during the 2022 academic year because of a disability, you may share any supporting documentation to Mary Barrows, Senior Director of Disability Resource Center at m.barrows@northeastern.edu. You can upload your documentation by logging into your Application Status Check

Since eligibility for disability accommodations does not automatically transfer from high school to college, it is crucial to begin the registration process as soon as possible after enrolling. 

Fall 2023 

Please be aware that the Northeastern Disability Resource Center (DRC) also requires documentation for services and accommodations needed in the spring semester, separately from those accommodations you may receive during the fall semester. To receive accommodations through the DRC, you must provide appropriate documentation that demonstrates a current substantially limiting disability. You must submit documentation to the DRC even if you have previously supplied documents to The NU Bound Program office. Please contact the DRC for more information: 

Phone: +1.617.373.2675 

Email: DRC@northeastern.edu 

Keeping in Touch  

We know that keeping in touch with family and friends back home can be challenging during your time away. Past NU Bound students have found it helpful to set up a schedule for calling home, as having a set time can make time differences much easier to handle. You and your family might also consider a variety of technologies to keep in touch. For example, the instant messaging service WhatsApp also allows voice and video chat, and the voice-over-IP (VOIP) programs Skype, Zoom, and Facetime use an Internet connection to talk for free. 

Email

Email communications from Northeastern University and the NU Bound Program will be sent to students via their Northeastern email addresses, which are created as soon as you activate your myNortheastern portal. Parents will receive some communications, but students are encouraged to initiate their own inquiries and problem-solve independently.

Cell Phones  

For safety reasons and for ease of communication, NU Bound students are required to have a working cell phone for use on-location during their time in the NU Bound Program. Phones must be acquired and working (calls, texting, and data required) within a week of arriving on-location. You should research the mobile phone options available to you prior to arriving. You typically have a chance to learn more about phone plans and purchase a phone during on-location orientation. 

NU Bound Alumni

There are many opportunities for NU Bound alumni to stay involved after the completion of their semester with the program. In addition to focus groups and opportunities to provide feedback regarding their experiences, NU Bound alumni are a vital part of our on-going success. Since many NU Bound alums continue traveling and working internationally after participation in the NU Bound Program, we encourage you to update the Global Experience Office on your accomplishments so that we can continue to connect you to new opportunities. 

The Global Experience Office has multiple opportunities every year for NU Bound Alumni to serve as Ambassadors and speak to prospective and enrolled students about their experiences. GEO Ambassadors provide valuable first-hand insights to students as they decide whether or not to enroll in a global experience and during preparations for the semester. The Global Experience Office typically opens the application process for GEO Ambassadors in the winter or early spring of every year. If you are interested in volunteering or working with the team in Boston, visit this page for more information. 

If you are a NU Bound alumnus and need a transcript from your NU Bound year, you will need to contact the host institution.

Transcripts will be issued by the Northeastern University London. Transcripts from the NU Bound England year are separate from the Undergraduate Northeastern transcripts. Any transcripts requests from alumni ought to contact Northeastern University London at registry@nchlondon.ac.uk 

All NU Bound participants earn a full semester of transferable credits in their fall and spring semester, provided that you achieve a grade of “C” or better in the U.S. grading system. In accordance with Northeastern’s transfer credit policies, your final grades will not appear on your Northeastern transcript, but rather as transfer credit. Letter grades will, however, appear on the official transcripts from the NU Bound school of record for each program- in this case, the New College of the Humanities- and may be required if you apply to graduate programs and other post-undergraduate opportunities.

Transcripts will be issued by Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies. Transcripts from the NU Bound Bay Area year are separate from the Undergraduate Northeastern transcripts. Please refer to this website for more information on how to request transcripts.

As a reminder, all NU Bound participants earn a full semester of transferable credits in their fall and spring semester, provided that you achieve a grade of “C” or better in the U.S. grading system. In accordance with Northeastern’s transfer credit policies, your final grades will not appear on your Northeastern transcript, but rather as transfer credit. Letter grades will, however, appear on the official transcripts from the NU Bound school of record for each program- in this case, the College of Professional Studies- and may be required if you apply to graduate programs and other post-undergraduate opportunities. 

Contact

If you have questions about your admission decision and the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at nuboundadmissions@northeastern.edu or 617-373-2200. For questions about the NU Bound Program, please contact the Global Experience Office at nubound@northeastern.edu or 617-373-6447. If a family member has an emergency and needs to get in contact with someone outside of office hours, please contact NUPD at +1.617.373.3333.