New International Students Checklist
If you are an international student studying in the U.S., there are a few important things you need to be aware of. The following checklist is intended to provide you with that and more in detail. Consider it your guide to all things Northeastern as you prepare to begin your journey with us.
After You've Been Admitted
- Log in to your application portal
- After logging in, click on “Your application decision is now available online” to get to the decision screen
- On the decision screen, click on “Report Your Enrollment Decision” to go to the Enrollment Confirmation screen
Your myNortheastern account is your student electronic portal to access your student e-mail account, register for and/or drop courses, confirm course registration, find classroom assignments, access online classes, view billing information, check your financial aid application status, apply for a parking permit, view your grades and academic history, and apply to graduate.
How to activate your myNortheastern account
- Go to my.northeastern.edu
- Click on How do I get a myNorhteastern username and password?
- Click Activate Account
After your admittance and confirmation, it’s important to create your myNortheastern account. This account needs to be active for at least 24 hours before you can complete the myOGS e-form. If you have determined that you will need to be in F-1 status to study at Northeastern, you will need to log in to myOGS with your myNEU credentials to submit a request for an I-20. Please be prepared by reading the points below to see which documents you will need when making your I-20 request.
- A copy of the identity page of your passport
- Financial documentation indicating availability of funds equal to or exceeding the amount needed to attend Northeastern and pay for living expenses for at least a full academic year
- Financial documents must be dated within nine months prior to your program start date
- All submitted financial documents must be written in English with amounts listed in U.S. dollars. (If funds on the bank statement are not in U.S. dollars, please attach a currency conversion from an online calculator such as http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/)
- The name of the account holder on any bank documents must be in English
- If you are receiving government sponsorship, please provide a financial guarantee letter that has your name, major, and the covered terms
IMPORTANT: Please make your visa interview arrangements only after receiving your I-20 from Northeastern University and make your travel arrangements only after receiving your visa in your passport.
The myOGS I-20 request e-form is designed to respond to an individual student’s situation and will guide you through the request process. If you have any questions, please contact the CPS Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 877-668-7727, or contact the OGS at email@example.com.
Once you’ve confirmed your admission, you may want to reach out to Learner Services for assistance choosing and getting registered for classes, speaking with career or academic support services, or helping you solve any questions you may have as you navigate the process of becoming a new student. We want your transition to Northeastern to be as smooth as possible.
Learner Services will direct you to the people who can best answer your questions. And they are available to help throughout your entire journey as a student at Northeastern, not just at the beginning.
Contact Learner Services:
Submitting transcripts from previous colleges and degree programs is an essential part of your application process.
Undergraduate: Students applying for undergraduate programs should submit official high school or GED transcripts, transcripts from each institution attended, and an associate degree transcript stating conferral and date. Learn more about transferring credit.
Graduate: Students applying for graduate programs should submit undergraduate and/or master’s degree documentation. Learn more about transferring credit.
Foreign Transcripts: International students must include an original English translation and be mailed from the institution in a stamped and sealed envelope or e -mailed through E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Docufide, or another secure electronic transcript transmission service. Foreign transcripts must show degree completion equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the United States. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s).
Please be sure to check your Northeastern email account (HuskyMail) on a regular basis. This is how the university sends out all official and important correspondence. If you like, you can forward your HuskyMail to a secondary email account (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). Here’s how:
How to forward your HuskyMail
- Login to your HuskyMail account through myNortheastern
- Click Settings in the upper right corner
- Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
- Select Forward a copy of incoming mail to
- Enter your desired e-mail address to receive your forwarded HuskyMail
- Select the action that you would like messages to take after being forwarded
The curriculum for your particular academic program can be found by checking your degree audit. A degree audit itemizes academic course requirements that you need to fulfill to complete your certificate or degree. It shows courses you have taken and those you still need to take.
Undergraduate students should reference their manual degree audit from their Career and Academic Coach. To request a manual audit, complete and submit the Request for Degree Audit form on the Student Resources web page, allowing 2-4 weeks for completion.
Graduate students have access to their degree audit online via myNortheastern.
To discuss your curriculum and academic program further, please contact your designated Career and Academic Coach.
To register for your courses, follow these simple steps.
- Log into your myNortheastern account
- Click on the Self-Service tab
- Click on Course Registration
- Click on Add/Drop Courses
- Select the correct CPS Term (for example, Fall 2016 CPS Quarter or Fall 2016 CPS Semester)
- Add the CRN (five-digit code; available on online course descriptions) of each course you want into the boxes on the Add Classes Worksheet
- Click Submit Changes
Contact Learner Services for help with registration. By phone: 877-668-7727 (option 4) or email:
Whether it’s your first time taking courses online or you’ve taken many, you can learn how it works at our Online Learning page. Here you will find everything from a tutorial on the Blackboard platform to the technical requirements necessary for getting online with a stable internet connection.
- PC (Vista/7/8) or Mac (10.6+)
- Many classes require a microphone and webcam
- High-speed internet connection
- Firefox (final release channel) recommended
- Internet Explorer 11+ and Safari 6+ are also supported
- Chrome (stable channel) is compatible with most functionality
What you need to be familiar with
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
- Uploading, downloading, & attaching files
- Navigating the Web
You will want to contact and make an appointment with your Career and Academic Coach as soon as possible. They can help you map your journey here and achieve your academic and professional goals. Find you Career and Academic Coach here.
After You've Registered for Classes
Make sure you have all your textbooks and required readings by the first day of class. You may search for course requirements in the course syllabus or on the Northeastern University Bookstore website. The Northeastern University Bookstore is located in 4 Ell Hall on the main Boston campus.
Access the Registrar’s Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines, such as registration and holiday. Be sure to enter those dates in your own calendar so you won’t forget.
It is mandatory that all new international students attend the orientation event. The purpose of New Student Orientation is to provide information and tools for each student’s success from the time you start the program to when you complete your degree.
New Student Orientation
New international students taking courses on-ground will receive an invitation to the orientation. This is a chance to familiarize yourself with the campus; get your Husky ID; learn about the various resources that are available to you; meet various college and university representatives, including your Career and Academic Coach; and ensure you have all the information you need to make a smooth and successful transition into CPS.
Husky Cards allow access to a wide range of campus events and facilities including the library, computer labs, and the Marino Recreation Center (Boston campus). You will need a photo ID (state license or passport) to get your HuskyCard.
Your First Weeks of Class
All students are required every academic term and session (first and/or second half of a term) to verify their intent to enroll through their myNortheastern accounts during the first week of class. This verification process is called “I Am Here.” If you don’t complete this process you will be dropped from your class(es).
Prior to your first course:
The link for “I Am Here” becomes available to students on the first day of the academic term (for those enrolled in full-term and first-half classes) and on the first day of the second-half session (for those enrolled in second-half classes).
Completing “I Am Here”:
- Log into your myNortheastern account and click on the link to open the pop-up window.
- Follow through the series of screens where you can confirm that you will be attending classes during that particular term.
- This is also your opportunity to make schedule adjustments. Please ensure you complete the “I Am Here” process and do not log out of the system early. If you do not receive a pop-up message confirming completion of the process, then you have not reached the end of the procedure, and must start again. Please print or save a copy of the confirmation page for your records.
For problems with the “I Am Here” process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you add a course to your enrollment after the first day of class, and you have already completed the “I Am Here” process, you will not be required to do so again. Your act of registering for the course after the term starts will serve as confirmation of your intent to enroll in this course. Should you change your mind about enrolling in this added course, you will need to drop it yourself. Please always be mindful of registration deadlines.
As a student enrolled in a degree or certificate program, you have a designated Career and Academic Coach. To find your Coach’s contact information, log into your myNortheastern account; or visit the CPS website, click on Student Resources, and then click on Find My Career and Academic Coach (under the Academic & Student Support Services section).
Once you’ve started classes, reach out to your career and academic coach, who can help you chart your academic path to reach your goals. You’ll want to meet with your career and academic coach regularly to track your progress and take advantage of all available resources.
More Things International Students Should Know
- Review medical health insurance requirements and purchase health insurance coverage
- Insure yourself and your luggage for your journey to the U.S.
- Decide where you want to live and begin making arrangements as soon as possible
- Figure out how much money you will need for your tuition, fees, and living costs; plan how to get money from home while you are in the U.S.
- Book a travel ticket after you have obtained a visa. If you purchase a return ticket, do not plan to return home before the end of exams. See Academic Calendars
- Read all e-mails and documents sent from Northeastern