the Global Scholars program

Welcome to the Global Scholars program

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 our global campuses, the communities around them, and the world beyond. Global Scholars is grounded in this concept. Northeastern created Global Scholars with the mission that future Huskies can be actively engaged with our global university system and an expansive network of students, alumni, and corporate partners from the early stages of their educational journey. Global Scholars harnesses the power of place through living and learning in two distinctive locations with a cohort of other Northeastern students. During the 2024-2025 academic year, students will study on Northeastern’s Oakland and London campuses.   

In the Global Scholars Program, you will have a rigorous academic experience intertwined with unique opportunities to explore Northeastern’s global university system and to connect with Northeastern community members. Bolstered by a robust professional support system, this first-year experience embodies Northeastern’s vision for global mobility as you develop the skills you need to navigate your future.  

Global Scholars Locations 

As a Global Scholars student, you will experience this journey with a cohort of your peers. Together you’ll study at two of the three Global Scholars locations in your first year – London, England, at Northeastern University London and California’s Bay Area at Northeastern University Oakland. In the second semester, you will switch locations to complete your first year of study. Both campuses are a part of Northeastern’s global university system.

Your starting location eligibility will be announced in May in your Application Status Check and is based on your major, age, and the capacity of that location. During your second year and beyond, you’ll have the opportunity to study at Northeastern’s Boston campus or you might continue to explore other global program offerings. No matter where you begin your journey as a Husky, you’ll have the support of the larger Northeastern community, including a network of faculty, staff, advisors, and peers.

Oakland, California

Northeastern University Oakland, located in the Bay Area of California, offers rigorous academics, a bustling art and music scene, and a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Oakland is home to a range of nonprofit arts organizations, social justice initiatives, advocacy groups, and a business culture committed to social responsibility. The Bay Area is also a tech hub for the United States, housing some of the largest industry leaders in the fields of computer science and technology. Northeastern University Oakland sits on a lush 135-acre campus on the edge of the Oakland hills and offers easy access to San Francisco, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley. 

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.

Our current Global Scholars curriculum

All courses are subject to change.

Oakland accreditation: The academic programs being offered on the Oakland campus for 2023-24 are fully accredited as part of the university’s NECHE accreditation.

Culture and Foundation Courses

Students in the Global Scholars program take a Culture course during their Fall semester in London or a Foundation course during their Fall semester in Oakland.

The Foundation courses offered in Oakland incorporate place-based learning into a subject area course. The options are:

  • CLTR1120: Introduction to Languages, Literature, and Culture (IC NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • ENVR1110: Global Climate Change (AD, ND NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • MUSC1001: Music in Everyday Life (EI, IC NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • PHIL1145: Technology and Human Values (SI, ER NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • PHTH1260: The American Healthcare System (SI NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • SOCL1102: Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture (DD, IC NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • SOCL2358: Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs (DD, SI NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • INPR2955: Interdisciplinary Project (no NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
Global Scholars Fall 2023 Dates Day
Student Arrival August 31st Thursday
New Student Orientation September 1st- 5th Friday- Tuesday
Classes Start September 6th Wednesday
Weeks of Welcome September 6th- 16th Wednesday- Saturday
Friends and Family Weekend October 20th- 22nd Friday- Sunday
Thanksgiving Break November 22nd- 26th Wednesday- Sunday
Reading Day December 7th Thursday
Last Day of Class / program December 15th Friday
Departure group flights December 16th Saturday
Final Departure December 16th Saturday by 1pm

Global Scholars Spring 2024 Dates Day
Student Arrival January 5th Friday
New Student Orientation January 6th- 7th Saturday -Sunday
Classes Start January 8th Monday
Winter Welcome January 9th- 13th Tuesday- Saturday
Spring Break March 4th- 8th Monday - Friday
Classes Resume March 11th Monday
Reading Day April 18th Thursday
Last Day of Class / program April 26th Friday
Departure group flights April 27th Saturday

ove in details for Global Scholars Bay Area are still being finalized, and we will continue to share updates in the coming weeks for current students transitioning to Oakland in spring 2024.

Packing Guide
Click here to download the Global Scholars Packing Guide.

One of the goals of the Global Scholars 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 Global Scholars 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

Global Scholars students will have the option to join a variety of student clubs and organizations. Each club, whether an established group or a new one, was created by and for students with descriptions that reflect their goals.

Between the Alameda Country (AC) Transit system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART),  MUNI system in San Francisco, and Northeastern University Oakland shuttles, students can get around quickly to all the local sites in the Bay Area. All students will have an AC transit pass 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 the Giants’ stadium (Oracle Park) and Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco back to the East Bay, including local neighborhoods and 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 and restaurants, including BART stations.

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.

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 Student Health Center. This includes appointments for acute medical care, primary care, and referrals as appropriate.

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

Medical Disclosure

The Global Scholars 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.

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 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 
Global Scholars 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 Olney. The Global Scholars Program finalizes roommate assignments in early August, using information related to living habits from the student-submitted housing preference form.

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

Meals
Students will be on a 17 meals/week plan along with additional flex dining dollars to be used throughout the semester.
Visit here for more information.

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

  • Global Scholars Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-location orientation once you have arrived in your host location
  • Husky 101 Fall Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus after completing the Global Scholars program—for current students, that will be in 2024 (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information)

Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation

To assist you in preparing for your first year, the Global Scholars Program will include a Pre-Departure Orientation this summer. The Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation will be offered as a series of mandatory online learning modules and an optional one-day in-person experience on Northeastern’s main campus in Boston. There will also be additional virtual engagement opportunities throughout the summer leading up to your departure, including a required site-specific webinar in August.

We will be sending more information about Pre-Departure Orientation in the coming months. Please keep an eye on this webpage and your Northeastern email for new updates.

Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation Offerings 2023:

  • Online learning modules – REQUIRED – released in early June on your Application Status Check
  • Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation: Campus Day in Boston, MA – OPTIONAL – July 12 or 14, 2023
    • Registration will be available late spring on your Application Status Check
    • Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Global Scholars Site-Specific Webinar – REQUIRED – August (dates TBA)
  • All students will also be required to attend on-site (London or Oakland) welcome week orientation upon arrival this fall 2023 and spring 2024.
  • Post Global Scholars Program: Husky 101 Student and Family Orientation will be hosted on Northeastern’s Boston Campus in September 2024. Learn more at Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs.

On-location Orientation

All Global Scholars 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.

London, England

Northeastern University London is situated in Devon House at St Katharine Docks, a vibrant and dynamic quarter in central London. Located just a short walk from some of the UK’s most recognizable and iconic sites, including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks is steeped in the history of London and the River Thames upon which the city was founded.   

Big Ben in London.

Small by design, Northeastern University London offers a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalized teaching. The humanities at Northeastern University London are understood broadly, from the creative arts to economics. You will benefit from being in an interdisciplinary academic environment. 

Our current Global Scholars curriculum

All courses are subject to change.

Culture and Foundation Courses

Students in the Global Scholars program take a Culture course during their Fall semester in London or a Foundation course during their Fall semester in Oakland.

The Culture courses are London-focused place-based courses of which there are several options:

  • HIST2376: Britain and the British Empire (SI, DD NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • INSH1600: Cultures of London – Abroad (IC, DD NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • THTR1990: Theatre Elective: British Drama and the London Stage (EI, IC NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • HIST1272 Europe in the Middle Ages, 500 – 1500 (no NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
Global Scholars Fall 2023 Dates Day
Student Arrival September 2nd Saturday
Visa Checks at Chapter and IQ September 3rd Sunday
Welcome Week September 4th - 8th Monday - Friday
Classes Start September 11th Monday
Autumn Break (Thanksgiving Nov 23rd) November 20th - 24th Monday - Friday
Examinations Week December 11th - 15th Monday - Friday
Last Day of Class / program December 15th Friday
Departure group flights December 16th Saturday
Final Departure from Chapter and IQ December 16th Saturday by 1pm

Global Scholars Spring 2024 Dates Day
Student Arrival January 8th Monday
Visa Checks January 9th Tuesday
Welcome Week January 10th - 14th Wednesday - Sunday
Classes Start January 15th Monday
Easter Break March 25th - April 5th Monday - Friday (2 weeks)
Classes Resume April 8th Monday
Examinations Week April 22nd - 26th Monday - Friday
Last Day of Class / program April 26th Friday
Departure group flights April 27th Saturday
Final Departure from Chapter and IQ May 3rd Friday by 1pm

Move in details for Global Scholars London are still being finalized, and we will continue to share updates in the coming weeks for current students transitioning to London in spring 2024.

Packing Guide
Click here to download the Global Scholars Packing Guide.

Activities

One of the goals of the Global Scholars Program is to foster and develop a strong community among our students. Northeastern University London and Global Scholars staff collaborate to plan weekly, free, or low-cost activities, which vary from year to year.

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

  • Welcome Tea
  • Halloween Party
  • Visit to the British Museum
  • Diwali
  • Autumn Festival
  • Ice Skating
  • Day trip to Cambridge

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.

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 Global Scholars 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.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Global Scholars England will reside across six student accommodation properties: Chapter Spitalfields, Chapter Aldgate, IQ Aldgate, Chapter Old Street, IQ Will Wyatt, and Scape Mile End.

Chapter Spitalfields

Located in the heart of London, Chapter Spitalfields is perfectly placed for those who want to live in a bustling neighborhood that specializes in shopping and food. 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 Docks. Chapter Spitalfields is also within walking distance of both Aldgate and Old Street, allowing easy access to other accommodation buildings. The area is served by several tube, rail, and bus lines.

In Chapter Spitalfields, Global Scholars London students will live in either ensuite studios, 2 bed apartments, or 4 bed apartments, featuring kitchenettes with induction stove and combination microwaves, as well as shared bathrooms with their flatmates. The Global Scholars Program finalizes roommate assignments in late 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
  • 24/7 On-Site Team
  • Postal Service
  • Social Events.

Chapter Aldgate

Nestled in the heart of the city, Aldgate offers a unique blend of history, modernity, and convenience. Combining the commercial with the financial, it encapsulates the sense of business and fast-moving pace that has come to define London. Aldgate also boasts a vibrant nightlife scene. Living in Chapter Aldgate allows students the opportunity to live in a building that is occupied by multiple university communities, allowing one to create friendships and links to institutions across the city. Chapter Aldgate offers single rooms with private kitchenette, bathroom, and studying space. Aldgate is also well-connected via public transport, with Liverpool Street, Aldgate, and Aldgate East Stations all within walking distance.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Courtyard
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Team
  • Vlogger Tour
  • Study Spaces
  • Cinema
  • On-Site Laundry
  • On-Site Postal Service
  • Social Events

IQ Aldgate

Living in Aldgate means embracing the best of London’s history, culture, and urban lifestyle. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an art lover, or simply someone wanting an exciting and well-connected place to call home, Aldgate offers an amazing living experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this vibrant community and create lasting memories in one of London’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The building offers single rooms with private kitchenette, study space, and bathroom. IQ Aldgate differentiates itself from its Chapter counterpart by fostering a larger Northeastern community. If you would prefer to be part of a bigger NU cohort within your accommodation building, then IQ Aldgate is for you.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • On-Site Gym
  • Cinema
  • 24/7 On-Site Staff and Security
  • 18th Floor Sky Lounge
  • Regular Social Events
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service.

Chapter Old Street

Situated in East London, Old Street is home to one of the most active and thriving art and cultural neighborhoods in the city. Old Street has carved itself into London’s identity as the tech home, with the area fostering cutting-edge innovation and countless startups. Balanced with this is Old Street’s art scene, which is brimming with concert venues, art exhibitions, and much more. Located just a few minutes from Liverpool Street Station, and a stone’s throw from Chapter Spitalfields and IQ Will Wyatt, Old Street is well connected to other accommodation buildings, as well as the rest of the city. The building offers single studios with private kitchenette, bathroom and study space. If you’re seeking a place where art, technology, and urban living seamlessly blend together, Old Street is the perfect choice.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Quiet Study Area
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Courtyard
  • 24/7 On-Site Team
  • Games Room
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service
  • Regular Social Events.

IQ Will Wyatt

Mixing a more residential experience into the heart of London, IQ Will Wyatt is located in the quieter area of Hoxton. Hoxton promises more for those who are looking for a more traditional living experience. Boasting a strong building community, as well as local community, IQ Will Wyatt allows you to meet people from across the city and different institutions. Shoreditch and Old Street are mere minutes away, so Hoxton is well connected to those busier areas, whilst enjoying a bit more calm and quiet. Nature is also key to Hoxton’s charm, with Shoreditch Park and Haggerston Park nearby, as well as being perfectly located for the Columbia Flower Market that takes place every weekend. The building offers ensuite apartments of seven or eight beds; with private bedrooms and bathrooms, and shared kitchen and living room.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • On-Site Gym
  • Cinema
  • 24/7 On-Site Staff and Security
  • Courtyard terrace
  • Regular Social Events
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Cinema
  • Postal Service.

Scape Mile End

Scape Mile End is located in the center of one of London’s most exciting student-led areas. There are also endless opportunities to explore the natural side of London. One of London’s most beautiful parks, Victoria Park, is on the doorstep of Scape Mile End, with Regent’s Canal and Mile End Park also in the neighborhood. Scape Mile End is accessible to other buildings and areas of London via bus, or either the Mile End or Stepney Green tube stations located within a ten minute walk of Scape. Mile End has a strong sense of community, with various local initiatives, events, and community groups bringing residents together. Whether it’s participating in neighborhood clean-up projects or joining local clubs and organizations, you’ll have ample opportunities to connect with your neighbors and contribute to the community spirit, as well as the other students living within Scape. The building offers ensuite apartments of six, seven, or eight beds. These entail private bedrooms and bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living room.

The building features:

  • Social and Study Spaces
  • Cinema Room
  • On-Site Gym
  • On-Site Laundry
  • Postal Service
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Regular Social Events.

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

  • Global Scholars Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-location orientation once you have arrived in your host location
  • Husky 101 Fall Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus after completing the Global Scholars program—for current students, that will be in 2024 (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information)

Pre-Departure Orientation

To assist you in preparing for your first year, the Global Scholars Program will include a Pre-Departure Orientation this summer. The Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation will be offered as a series of mandatory online learning modules and an optional one-day in-person experience on Northeastern’s main campus in Boston. There will also be additional virtual engagement opportunities throughout the summer leading up to your departure, including a required site-specific webinar in August.

We will be sending more information about Pre-Departure Orientation in the coming months. Please keep an eye on this webpage and your Northeastern email for new updates.

Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation Offerings 2023:

  • Online learning modules – REQUIRED – released in early June on your Application Status Check
  • Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation: Campus Day in Boston, MA – OPTIONAL – July 12 or 14, 2023
    • Registration will be available late spring on your Application Status Check
    • Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Global Scholars Site-Specific Webinar – REQUIRED – August (dates TBA)
  • All students will also be required to attend on-site (London or Oakland) welcome week orientation upon arrival this fall 2023 and spring 2024.
  • Post Global Scholars Program: Husky 101 Student and Family Orientation will be hosted on Northeastern’s Boston Campus in September 2024. Learn more at Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs.

On-location Orientation

All Global Scholars 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.

Click here to download the London Scholars Packing Guide.

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University’s Boston campus is a site for the 2023-2024 Global Scholars cohort and will not be a site option for recently admitted 2024-2025 Global Scholars.

Boston, Massachusetts is an academic hub—home to renowned universities, a bustling arts and performance scene, and a thriving professional landscape. In the heart of Boston, Northeastern University stands as a beacon of distinction, offering a transformative educational journey characterized by rigorous academics, experiential learning, and a lively community. Boston’s rich history and vibrant cultural scene creates an inspiring backdrop for academic pursuits. From renowned museums and art galleries to historic landmarks and theaters, the city offers endless opportunities for exploration and enrichment.

Nestled within this dynamic city, Northeastern University actively aims to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community. Students from all backgrounds and of all identities are encouraged to share their unique perspective and contribute to making a lasting impact on Boston and beyond.

Our current Global Scholars curriculum

All courses are subject to change.

Culture and Foundation Courses

Students in the Global Scholars program take a Culture course during their Fall semester in London or a Foundation course during their Fall semester in Oakland or Boston.

The Foundation courses offered in Oakland and Boston incorporate place-based learning into a subject area course. The options are:

  • CLTR1120: Introduction to Languages, Literature, and Culture (IC NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • ENVR1110: Global Climate Change (AD, ND NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • MUSC1001: Music in Everyday Life (EI, IC NUpath) (Offered Fall only, Oakland only)
  • MUSC2330: Musical Communities of Boston (DD, SI, WI NUpath) (Offered Fall only, Boston only)
  • PHIL1145: Technology and Human Values (SI, ER NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • PHTH1260: The American Healthcare System (SI NUpath) (Offered Fall only)
  • SOCL1102: Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture (DD, IC NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • SOCL2358: Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs (DD, SI NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring)
  • INPR2955: Interdisciplinary Project (no NUpath) (Offered Fall and Spring, Oakland only)
Global Scholars Fall 2023 Dates Day
Student Arrival August 29th Tuesday
New Student Orientation August 30th- 31st Wednesday- Thursday
Classes Start September 6th Wednesday
Weeks of Welcome September 1st- 6th Friday- Wednesday
Friends and Family Weekend October 13th- 15th Friday- Sunday
Thanksgiving Break November 22nd- 26th Wednesday- Sunday
Reading Day December 7th Thursday
Last Day of Class / programme December 15th Friday
Departure group flights December 16th Saturday
Final Departure December 16th Saturday by 1pm

Global Scholars Spring 2024 Dates Day
Student Arrival January 4th or 5th Thursday or Friday
New Student Orientation January 5th or 6th Friday or Saturday
Classes Start January 8th Monday
Winter Welcome January 9th- 13th Tuesday- Saturday
Spring Break March 4th- 8th Monday - Friday
Classes Resume March 11th Monday
Reading Day April 18th Thursday
Last Day of Class / programme April 26th Friday
Departure group flights April 27th Saturday

Students will be assigned a move-in date of either Thursday, January 4, or Friday, January 5. Housing assignments and move-in dates will be sent to students in mid-December. You will also receive information at this time about how to request a date change. If possible, students should not book travel until they receive their official move-in date.

Packing Guide
Click here to download the Global Scholars Packing Guide.

One of the goals of the Boston Scholars 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 and Boston Scholars staff collaborate to plan weekly free or low-cost activities.

Activities could include:

  • Historic landmarks: Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House, and the USS Constitution Museum.
  • Cultural institutions: Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Outdoor spaces: Charles River Esplanade,  Boston Common, or Emerald Necklace parks.
  • Local cuisine: Explore the diverse culinary scene in the South End, Roxbury, Fenway, Mission Hill, Downtown, etc. Seafood at the Boston Harbor or Quincy Market—try a famous lobster roll.
  • Educational opportunities: Panel discussion with local NU alumni, guest lectures, workshops, and cultural events

Boston Scholars students will have the option to join a variety of student clubs and organizations. Each club, whether an established group or a new one, was created by and for students with descriptions that reflect their goals.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) is one of the largest public transit systems in the country, making it easy to get around.  Northeastern University’s Boston campus is directly served by the MBTA’s Orange and Green subway lines, and multiple bus lines. The Green Line E train stops at Northeastern on Huntington Ave in front of the Marino Center. The Orange Line stops at Ruggles. The Franklin, Needham, and Providence/Stoughton Lines of the Commuter Rail also stop at Ruggles. Visit https://www.mbta.com/ for schedules and information.

Northeastern values making transportation for students affordable and easy. All GS Boston students will receive an MBTA semester pass through the program.

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.

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

Medical Facilities
Students will have access to Northeastern’s University Health and Counseling Services. This includes appointments for acute medical care, primary care, and referrals as appropriate.

Mental Health
Northeastern University Health and Counseling Services provides short term and acute mental health care and referrals to off-campus providers.

Medical Disclosure

The Boston Scholars 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.

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 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 
Boston Scholars students will reside together on the Northeastern University Boston Campus in one of the following residence halls (subject to change): Kerr Hall, Light Hall, Melvin Hall, Smith Hall, Speare Hall, Stetson East, Stetson West, White Hall, East Village (partial building), Kennedy Hall (partial building), 39 Dalton Street. The Boston Scholars Program finalizes roommate assignments in early August, using information related to living habits from the student-submitted housing preference form.

Mail & Packages
For all mail and address-related inquiries, the Office of University Mail Service is your go-to resource. They provide comprehensive information and assistance regarding mail services on campus.

Meals
Students will be on a 17 meals/week plan along with additional flex dining dollars to be used throughout the semester.
Visit
Dining on Campus for more information.

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

  • Boston Scholars Pre-departure Orientation
  • On-location orientation once you have arrived in your host location
  • Husky 101 Fall Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in 2024 (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information)As a Global Scholars student, you will have three orientations throughout your participation in the program:

Global Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation

To assist you in preparing for your first year, the Boston Scholars Program will include a Pre-Departure Orientation this summer. The Boston Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation will be offered as a series of mandatory online learning modules and an optional one-day in-person experience on Northeastern’s main campus in Boston. There will also be additional virtual engagement opportunities throughout the summer leading up to your departure, including a required site-specific webinar in August.

We will be sending more information about Pre-Departure Orientation in the coming months. Please keep an eye on this webpage and your Northeastern email for new updates.

Boston Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation Offerings 2023:

  • Online learning modules – REQUIRED – released in early June on your Application Status Check
  • Boston Scholars Pre-Departure Orientation: Campus Day in Boston, MA – OPTIONAL – July 12 or 14, 2023
    • Registration will be available late spring on your Application Status Check
    • Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Boston Scholars Site-Specific Webinar – REQUIRED – August (dates TBA)
  • All students will also be required to attend on-site welcome week orientation upon arrival this fall 2023 and spring 2024.
  • Post Boston Scholars Program: Husky 101 Student and Family Orientation will be hosted on Northeastern’s Boston Campus in September 2024. Learn more at Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs.

On-location Orientation

All Boston Scholars students will participate in an on-location orientation with an introduction to Northeastern University and the Boston 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.

General Program Information

Courses taken as part of the Global Scholars Program align with Northeastern’s first-year curriculum and integrate cultural learning opportunities. In addition to fulfilling major requirements, Global Scholars courses count toward NUpath, Northeastern’s  general education requirement.

As a Global Scholars student, you can take courses chosen explicitly for your major or explore a selection of our most popular courses and majors. You will earn 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. Not all first-year courses at Northeastern will be offered at your location. All degree plans are unique—please remember that your individual plan may differ from other Northeastern students and that four-year graduation is not guaranteed.

Summer Eligibility Domestic Student – US Citizens and Permanent Residence Holders International Student – F-1 Visa Holders
Global Scholars – London Finish Summer 1 (electives with no pre-req) or Summer 2 Summer 2
Global Scholars – Boston and Oakland Finish Summer 1, Summer 2 or Summer Full Summer 1, Summer 2 or Summer Full

 

Visas

If you require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S., you will need to apply for an I-20 extension through the Office of Global Services (OGS) by March 29th, 2024. Please note that once an extension is processed, Summer would become a required term of study and would need specific enrollment to maintain your status. More information about Summer Enrollment expectations can be found here: https://international.northeastern.edu/ogs/current-students/understanding-visa-requirements/summer-term/

For more information, please refer to the 2024 Summer Course Information Document here.

Get started on your enrollment in The Global Scholars Program. You must successfully complete your current academic program and submit all final transcripts to enroll in The Global Scholars Program. Failure to submit proof of graduation information may impact 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 Global Scholars Program and the university.

Steps to Enroll 

To submit your deposit and officially enroll in The Global Scholars Program, follow the below steps:

  1. Log into your Application Status Check. To log in, you must enter your NUID (which can be found on your acceptance letter) and your birth date.
  2. Select “Global Scholars Enrollment Deposit.” *
  3. Once you click “Submit,” you will receive a confirmation email.

Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Age Requirements

Please note that for the Global Scholars Program in London, England, you must be 18 years of age by September 4, 2024.
There is no age requirement for Global Scholars Bay Area.

“The program is required to make advance financial commitments to travel agents, vendors, and the partner institution to secure items such as housing, classroom space, and co-curricular activities. Therefore, should you withdraw from the program at any time after May 1, you will be responsible for the terms provided within the Withdrawl and Payment policy. You are encouraged to plan carefully and are required to review this policy as soon as possible. In this policy, you will see information on payment terms, schedule of charges, and withdrawal conditions and processes. You can read more about this policy here.”

The estimated cost for all Global Scholars Program locations for the 2023-2024 academic year is $81,472. Please note that this estimate is subject to Board of Trustee approval. This cost includes $31,196 for tuition and a $9,540 program fee per semester. This fee is for your 2023-2024 academic year with the Global Scholars Program. In Fall 2024, you will pay Northeastern tuition, which will be posted on the Student Financial Services website.

Program Fee Inclusions

Global Scholars 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 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 location you are studying in and your expectations.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in Global Scholars who apply for financial aid are initially considered for need-based Northeastern funding only. Students who qualify for other aid opportunities, including federal and state grants, loans, and work-study funds, can use those additional sources of funding beginning in the fall of their second year of study. Learn more at the student financial services website.

Financial Aid at Northeastern University

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 using their inquiry form or by calling +1.617.373.3190.

Payment Methods & Plans

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.

The Global Scholars is a pre-matriculated program and not eligible for U.S. federal financial aid. 529 plan funds may be used for the program depending on the policy of the provider on pre-matriculated/international programs. To determine whether Global Scholars would be considered a qualified expense, we recommend students and families reach out to their 529 provider directly.

Upon successful completion of the Global Scholars Program, you and your peers will enroll at Northeastern’s Boston campus to continue your studies in your second year. You will attend orientation and receive ongoing support as you transition into academic and social life in Boston. Your experiences with Global Scholars 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 2023-2024 Global Scholars program the opportunity to apply for university housing for their second year when they arrive in Boston, as long as they meet the required application and deposit deadlines. Interested students will have the opportunity to declare their intention to reside in university housing during the spring 2024 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 Global Scholars—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 Global Scholars later in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Students who participate in Global Scholars will be provided University housing during each semester of the Global Scholars program.

All Global Scholars students will have a meal plan during their time in Oakland. The program fee covers this cost. During their time in London, all Global Scholars students will be living in apartment buildings with full kitchens; students will be responsible for their own groceries and meals. The program fee does not cover those costs.

Group Flight Travelers

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

The Global Scholars Program offers a group flight option for students to travel with their peers to and from their Global Scholars location at the beginning and end of each semester.

On arrival at their Global Scholars Program 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 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 Global Scholars 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, you are responsible for your travel arrangements to and from their Global Scholars Program 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. Global Scholars 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 Global Scholars with the details of their itinerary, whether they are flying on the group flight or independently.

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

Safety Resources while in Global Scholars

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.

Passports 

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

U.S. citizens and permanent residents will need a passport to participate in the London portion of the program. All other students will need to obtain a passport in order to enter the U.S. Please plan accordingly for passport processing times.

Global Scholars Visa

Northeastern University Oakland

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.

Additional information on the process for Global Scholars students starting at Northeastern University Oakland can be found here.

Northeastern University London

It is your responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa, if necessary. All students should check if they need to obtain a UK visa prior to travelling to the UK or if they can obtain the appropriate permission at the UK border. You can check here if you require a visa to enter the UK to study a course for up to six months. This tool also provides an overview of the applicable visa process and details about supporting documentation requirements.

Certain documents needed for your visa process will be provided by Northeastern or the host partner institution and made available to you on your App Status Check.

Information on the visa process for Global Scholars students starting at Northeastern University London can be found (VN- Visa National; NVN- Non Visa National)

Please note that such information is intended as informational guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. Program staff are unable to provide advice to students or families concerning visa requirements and/or application processes.

Additional information on the process for Global Scholars students enrolling at Northeastern University London can be found here.

Can I travel during weekends and/so school breaks in the UK or other countries? If not, why? If so, what is your recommendation for support?

Students who are studying the Global Scholars program in London are able to undertake tourist activities outside of class time. It is very important that students ensure their intended travel does not impact their studies. If a student wishes to travel outside of the UK, it is their responsibility to gain the necessary visas to enter the country that they are travelling to. Northeastern University London is not able to provide advice to students regarding visas for other countries. Many countries have visa information on their governmental websites and it is important that students access this information to understand the visa requirements for their destination country prior to travelling there.

Can I travel to other European countries post program?

Once students have completed their Global Scholars programme in London they are free to travel to Europe. Students need to ensure that they have the correct visas to enter the European countries that they are travelling to. It is students’ responsibility to obtain visa(s) and adhere to the visa rules and requirements prior to and while travelling in European countries. Students should check visa requirements on the countries’ governmental websites, or the Schengen Visa website, if they are only travelling to EU countries that belong to the Schengen Area.

As a student in the Global Scholars program, you have the opportunity to connect with other future Huskies, and together you will become global leaders as you are immersed in the rich culture and history of both Oakland, California, and London, England. By the time you transition to Boston in your second year you will have broadened your perspective, expanded your networks, and gained insights which will prepare you for future experiential learning opportunities during your remaining years at Northeastern and beyond.

How many students will participate in Global Scholars?

Each Global Scholars location will welcome between 300-400 students.

What will my academic experience be like studying in the Global Scholars Program?

The course offerings and academic experience in the Global Scholars Program will match the rigor of what is offered on Northeastern’s Boston campus. Each course has been reviewed and evaluated by Northeastern University academic deans to ensure Global Scholars students will be in lockstep with their first-year peers.

How many credits will I earn towards my degree?

Beginning in Fall 2023, we have enabled our systems to award grades directly to student transcripts. Grades earned during the Global Scholars program will no longer appear as transfer credit. This enhancement means that students will have one transcript for their entire undergraduate Northeastern experience, and the grade point average earned during the Global Scholars program will count toward a student’s cumulative GPA. In addition, for students who wish to pursue medical school, classes taken in London will be part of their official transcript.

Can I bring in credit from high school?

Yes. Results from your AP exams, IB exams, and other international examinations may enable you to receive advanced credits once you matriculate at Northeastern in your second year. Click here for more information on Northeastern’s advanced standing policies for first-year students.

Is housing provided during my second year of study at Northeastern?

Yes, students who complete Global Scholars 2023-2024 will have the opportunity to apply for university housing during their second year in Boston, Fall 2023. 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 Global Scholars—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 Global Scholars later in the 2023-2024 academic year. Additionally, as it is quite typical for students to move off-campus in years three and beyond, university housing is not guaranteed beyond the second year.

Am I required to live in university housing my second year of study at Northeastern?

Students in the Global Scholars 2023-2024 cohort are not required to live in university housing.

Where should I look for information on housing after completion of the program?

Students joining campus from a second-year specialized entry program such as Global Scholars should refer to housing information for transfer students for their first year in Boston and to the information for upperclassmen for future years. Housing information for future years is updated on the university’s Housing and Residential Life website in October/November each fall.

 Can I change my major?

Yes! All major change requests must be approved. Students are only eligible to submit a major change request that is compatible with their deposited site location. You can request a major change through your Application Status Check.

Please note that students who change their intended major after completing their first semester of coursework in Global Scholars may need to spend additional time completing coursework at Northeastern in order to complete their degree. We also cannot guarantee that courses for your new major will be available at your location.

Can I still graduate on time if I enroll in Global Scholars?

Global Scholars students may be able to graduate in four years if they wish to prioritize a four-year graduation timeline. Students who have advanced standing credit or students who take summer classes or heavier loads during a term or two are very likely to finish in four years in most majors. A student’s timeline to graduation may also be altered if they change their major. A student’s timeline to graduation will also depend on whether the students want to do one, two, or three co-ops, or if they choose another global experience later in their Northeastern career. As with students who begin in the undergraduate day program directly, a larger focus on experiential learning opportunities may lengthen a student’s overall timeline to graduation.

For answers to additional questions, check out our Global Scholars FAQs! Throughout the spring we also compile and answer the most commonly asked questions about the Global Scholars program.

Global Scholars FAQ

2023-2024 Academic Year

If you require services and accommodations during the 2023 academic year because of a disability, you may share any supporting documentation to Mary Barrows, Senior Director of Disability Resource Center at [email protected].

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 2024

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 Global Scholars Program office. Please contact the DRC for more information:

Phone: +1.617.373.2675

Email:[email protected]

We know that keeping in touch with family and friends back home can be challenging during your time away. Past 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 Global Scholars 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, Global Scholars students are required to have a working cell phone for use on-location during their time in the Global Scholars 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.

We’ll be providing a lot of information over the coming months, mostly through email. To ensure you and your family receive all of our communications, visit your Application Status Check to review, add, or update your contact information.

If you have questions about your admission decision and the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at [email protected] or 617-373-2200.

For questions about the Global Scholars Program, please contact the Global Experience Office at [email protected] 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.

Contact Our Team

ServiceNow

You can get in touch with the Global Scholars team and the Global Experience Office through the ServiceNow platform. ServiceNow offers helpful articles related to GEO programs and ensures that your questions are answered thoroughly and efficiently by our team.

Additional Options

You can also contact us via email at [email protected]. Any email to this address will automatically create a “case” in ServiceNow. To reach our office by phone, please call us at +1.617.373.6447.

Office Hours

The Global Experience Office is open during regular university hours.

Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

Emergency Contact

If you or a family member has an emergency and needs to get in contact with someone outside of office hours, please contact the NUPD at +1.617.373.3333.