Support for Pathways students

When you enroll in a degree preparation program at Northeastern University, you’ll be supported by a dedicated network of student services staff who are there to make sure you feel welcome in the USA. They will be with you every step of the way through your pathway program and degree.

Hung, Northeastern student

Hung from Vietnam

Bachelor's Completion Program student at Northeastern University

"There have been so many activities that I can hardly name them all, including trips to amusement parks and local festivals. I've also joined on-campus study breaks and social evenings. Studying in a second language can be challenging, so these events really energized me and helped me to make friends."

Miranda Jing, Northeastern student

Jing from China

Progressed to a master's degree in Design at Northeastern University

"The Conversation Partner Program is amazing. I was matched with an American student so I could practice speaking English. Our meetings were informal and fun, and we didn’t just talk about academics. Through our discussions, I learned so much about Boston, and about US culture and American viewpoints."

leslie o'toole

Leslie O'Toole

Assistant Director of International Pathways

"Each month, we organize a full schedule of fun activities for our students, ranging from summer barbecues on the campus lawn to ice skating in Boston Common. These provide great opportunities to meet other students, and to explore the city."

Pre-arrival support

Friendly staff will be ready to support you even before you arrive in the USA. You’ll be sent a pre-arrival guide and information on how to apply for your student visa. In addition, you’ll receive details on how to book housing, get health insurance, and activate a myNortheastern online account, so you’ll be all ready to go before you leave your home country.

At the airport

Receive a warm welcome to the USA as soon as you arrive. If you applied for housing through Pathways at Northeastern, you can book a transfer from Boston Logan airport straight to your accommodations. You won’t need to worry about navigating a new city right away.

Orientation week

Your first week here will include an orientation both to Northeastern and the surrounding city. You will get a tour of the campus and its facilities, and an introduction to the staff and teachers who will help you during your studies. Students who have completed the pathway program will act as your guide, providing advice on how to get the most out of your program. They can answer any questions you have, from how to set up a bank account to where you can find the best food in the city.

Social activities

Throughout the year, dedicated staff organize a wide array of fun activities, as well as recommendations for fun things to do around the university and the city. Whether cycling around Lake Union in Seattle, attending a Celtics basketball game in Boston, or meeting with an American student to practice your English, these activities are a great way to meet fellow students and make new friends.


@IP Northeastern thanks everyone for coming to celebrate Thanksgiving (2018) and having a great time together!! Did you enjoy eating Thanksgiving Turkey? Are you looking forward to the long Thanksgiving holiday? #Thanksgiving

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Pathways offers safe and comfortable accommodations within walking distance of the university campus in Boston. Located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Back Bay, your residence will be close to plenty of shops and restaurants, and with easy access to public transportation. Pathways staff can also offer advice for those who wish to find their own accommodations.

Support for students entering a degree directly

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