International Student Resources

We understand how traveling to the U.S. to study at Northeastern can be a big change for you and your family. That’s why we want to make it as seamless as possible for you to get oriented and set up for success. Start with the Office of Global Services. In this section, you will find a wealth of support resources–and answers to many of the most important questions.


Office of Global Services

The Office of Global Services (OGS) is committed to being an active resource to the university’s community of international students, scholars, and their families. We provide professional expertise and support from the time of admission to beyond graduation.

Global Student Success

Global Student Success (GSS) supports the success of international students at Northeastern University. GSS provides international students with high-quality language, academic, and cultural support.

Off Campus Student Services

Off campus student services is dedicated to supporting the needs of off-campus students and offers many resources to help you find off-campus housing, stay connected to campus, and serves as a link to your new neighborhood.

I-20 Form

An I-20 is a U.S. immigration document issued by Northeastern University to certify that an international student has met admission requirements for a full-time program of study and has provided proof of sufficient financial resources for their studies. An I-20 is required to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Students who have been admitted to Northeastern University under the following circumstances should request an I-20:

  • New international students coming from outside the U.S. seeking visa sponsorship
  • Students currently in F-1 status studying at another U.S. institution
  • Current Northeastern students in F-1 status moving to a new degree program at Northeastern University
  • Students currently in the U.S. in a nonimmigrant status (e.g. H-4, F-2, etc.) who want to change to F-1 status*

* If you are not planning to change to F-1 status, please note that not all immigration status categories allow for studying, internships, co-ops, international travel associated with an academic program and/or other experiential learning opportunities. Please note that some academic programs at Northeastern have experiential learning requirements (e.g., co-op or study abroad). Immigration statuses other than F/J may not allow for those and as such may impede the successful completion of your program of study.

When can I request an I-20? You can submit an I-20 Request only after you have been admitted. At that time, you will be able to submit an electronic I-20 Request through my OGS.

F-1 Visa Holders Document

All students who are studying at Northeastern University in F-1 student status are required every term to check their registration status in an easy online format to confirm they are in compliance with their F-1 status. Please follow this checklist.

Use this document to ensure your registration status.

650 E and 650 C Documents

All F-1 and J-1 students should familiarize themselves with SEVIS rules and regulations, as addressed at their immigration clearance session. These attached documents outline the basic SEVIS rules and regulations to maintain proper international student status.

Please view the below document.

Staying in Status Document and SEVIS Compliance

All international students on a F-1 must be enrolled full-time: 9 credits for graduate students (8 for some programs); 12 credits for undergraduate students.

Use the two documents below.