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Northeastern University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Northeastern University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Northeastern University!


Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston's cultural centre, nestled among the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony, the New England Conservatory, and the Public Gardens.


Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the most historic and cultural cities in the United States. It is considered a university town, with many undergraduate and graduate programs, and at the forefront of scientific, biotech, and medical research. Always known for its avid sports fans, Boston now boasts several world champion sports teams.

Boston is home to an internationally acclaimed symphony, a wealth of museums and galleries, bustling nightlife, theatre, concerts, sporting events, shopping, exquisite dining, and more. Learn more about Boston.

A few facts about Boston:

  • It is very easy to get around, and the city and surrounding areas are pedestrian friendly because the Boston suburbs evolved before cars.
  • Boston has absolutely amazing seafood, including some of the best clam chowder and lobster rolls in the country.
  • Public transportation is easy to figure out, faster than driving and is relatively cheap. It is therefore the best option to get everywhere.
  • It is driving distance from New York City, skiing in New Hampshire and Vermont, swimming in Cape Cod, or boating in Maine

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Level of competitiveness

Less competitive *

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Please check the Academic webpage for more information.

Academic Calendar

Please refer to the Office of the University Registrar for current and future Academic Calendars.

  • Semester 1: commences in the beginning of September.
  • Semester 2: commences in the beginning of January.


Students should plan to take 2-3 courses in their field of study and 1-2 elective courses (and have some flexibility).

The School of Business has a list of courses exchange students MUST choose from (however economics does not fall under the school of business, and our communications departments offer courses in advertising).

Students should choose courses in the 1000-4000 level and ensure they meet the pre-requisite requirements. Students are not allowed to take CPS, Law or Co-Op courses.

Descriptions of NU classes can be found in the NU Course Catalogue. This is a full list of courses offered throughout the year. You can use the previous fall or spring offerings as a guide for choosing your courses, however, there is no guarantee that the exact same courses will be offered


Students need to take 16 credits (4 modules) per semester. Most classes at NU are worth 4 credits each.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


The housing options vary each semester depending on availability. There are, however, numerous housing options, both on- and off-campus, available to international students.

On-campus housing is not guaranteed for exchange students and is based on a competitive lottery. To be considered for placement in on-campus housing, you must select interest in on-campus housing in your application to the exchange program.

Off-Campus Housing and Support Services is here to help guide you through the process of finding housing. Review their International Student page, Get Started page, Boston Area Housing page, watch their off-campus video series, and download the International Student Apartment Guide.

Cost of Living

The estimated cost of living per semester (housing, insurance, books, food, travel, personal, etc) is $9200. Some students spend more, others less. Please note that this is the amount needed to apply for your visa.

Support Services

For more information on accessibility, please visit Northeastern University's Disability Resource Center webpage. 

Campus Life

The University offers an impressive array of innovative student organizations through which it helps empower students to be visionary, ethical, culturally competent, and responsible members of our global community.

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